Arvada Woman Says Olympic Shotputter Owes Child Support
Jul. 30, 1996
ARVADA, Colo. (AP) _ C.J. Hunter, who finished seventh in the Olympic shotput, owes his ex-wife $16,000 _ including almost $6,000 in unpaid child support _ the woman claims.
Kimberly Kendrick of Arvada said Hunter hasn't paid child support since May. If she does not receive a payment in August, it would put Hunter $6,000 behind. He owes an additional $10,000 due to tax problems when the couple was together and other financial obligations he promised to meet, Kendrick said.
Kendrick and Hunter divorced last year after five years of marriage. They have a 5-year-old daughter, Ahny, and a 3-year-old son, Cory.
``He has my phone number, but he does not call, he does not send money, he doesn't do anything,'' Kendrick said.
Kendrick said she knows Hunter has money. Hunter, who was ranked No. 1 in the world by USA Track and Field in 1994, has a contract with Powerade, a sports drink manufacturer, that is worth about $80,000 a year, Kendrick said.
``He says, `I'm handling my business. Stay out of it,''' Kendrick said.
The Associated Press left a message for Hunter on Tuesday at the Olympic Village in Atlanta, but he did not immediately respond. Michael Wilson, a village spokesman, was out of the office Tuesday and did not return a phone call.
Kendrick said she watched television Friday to see her ex-husband compete. The children haven't seen Hunter in recent months except for a glimpse on television, she added.
``I make $1,400 a month, and my day-care expenses are $800 a month for both of the kids, full time. It's hard,'' said Kendrick, who teaches high school-level math.
``Here is a man who young kids look up to, and from an athletic standpoint, yeah, he is one of the best in the world,'' she said. ``But to represent our country and say these are the men of our country, it seems wrong.''