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Arrest Warrant Planned for Sims

March 21, 2001

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Billy Sims, the 1978 Heisman Trophy winner, failed to appear at a child-support hearing Wednesday and a federal magistrate said she planned to issue an arrest warrant.

U.S. Magistrate Claire Eagan told the Tulsa World she planned to issue an arrest order once the U.S. Attorney’s Office provided proof that Sims was notified of the hearing.

The Associated Press was not immediately able to reach Eagan.

Sims was ordered to pay $14,025 related to a 1997 child-support conviction. He spent a month in jail.

At the hearing, he was to produce copies of all tax returns filed in the last five years, a complete list of personal property and other records.

Sims pleaded guilty to failing to pay $32,900 in child support he owed in support of Shawnte Renee Sims.

In addition to jail time, a federal judge in January 1998 ordered Sims to make installment payments on the judgment. Sims had paid more than $18,000 of that amount by the time he was sentenced.

Sims played for the NFL’s Detroit Lions from 1980 to 1984, when a knee injury ended his career.

On Dec. 7, a sports memorabilia company postponed a planned telephone auction of Sims’ Heisman Trophy after learning of the overdue child-support payments.

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