Devon Still denies child support allegations
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still denied allegations that he hasn't paid child support in months.
Still's daughter, Leah, is battling pediatric cancer.
"My daughter's battle with cancer has been inspirational to many all over the world," Still said in a statement. "When she gets older, I want her to be able to look back and read about her positive impact on the world, not about the private issues her parents were going through. I am not going to retaliate against the mother of my daughter, and the untruthful reports in the New York Daily News article, by criticizing her character. I am going to continue to allow the court system to handle this matter, as it has been doing these past couple of months."
Leah Still's mother, Channing Smythe, alleged that he hasn't paid the support for four months.
"I don't consider him a deadbeat dad," Smythe told the Daily News on Wednesday. "I know he loves and cares for his daughter and he is there for her. I just need him to help me financially."
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the team remains confidenct in Devon Still.
"We're not privy to all the facts of it, but Devon is very confident that he's taking care of business the right way and eventually, at some point, if there's things that need to be done through the legality through the courts that all would come out that way," Lewis said. "We're going to continue to support him. We're very confident in the things he's done."
Lewis said he met with Stil.
"Devon has grown up so much through this unfortunate illness that his daughter's dealing with," Lewis said. "It's really grown him as a man and as a person. I told him that just today how he's handled everything. I'm so impressed.
"He's really a beacon for a lot of people. He will be for a lot of young guys as they face different trials and tribulations as an NFL player. There are the outside pressures that no one understands that guys go through. There's the pressure of playing, the pressure of performing. All those things that occur, and this one is really outside of football."
The Bengals have raised nearly $1.3 million as part of a donation tied to sales of Still's jersey.
Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun