Before I get started, let's get a few things out of the way. By all indications, Joe Johnson is a good father. This story by TMZ is more "click-bait" than anything else, which I am totally OK with because, well, that's how the Internet works. And, finally, Joe Johnson is not going to prison for breaching a "baby mama" bond, boo.
Here's how TMZ explains, complete with CAPS and "oh no you didn't"s:
NBA superstar Joe Johnson has been threatened by a judge -- stop screwing your baby mama out of bonding time with your son or I'm throwing your ass in the slammer!!!
TMZ Sports has obtained court docs, filed in Georgia, which show Johnson just got HAMMERED by a judge after his baby mama claimed he's been breaking the terms of their custody arrangement for their 6-year-old son.
The woman, Shannon Becton, claims Joe is supposed to give her progress reports about how the kid is doing in school and in his extracurricular activities when he's in his custody.
Look, I don't want to make light of custody battles, but I do think we probably could address what the facts here are, and how this story, as the Nets are readying themselves to make a deep run in the playoffs, is really a non-story.
First, the original custody agreement was sought out by Johnson himself, who offered up moving costs, to bring Ms. Shannon Becton and their son to New York, along with a new car, paid for by Johnson, and monthly payments of $2,000-$2,500 -- he is also paying for private schooling, medical insurance and other activities, according to TMZ. These were arrangements sought out by Johnson himself, not an instance where he had denied payment or custody of the child.
Second, the custody is shared between Johnson and Becton, as agreed on by both parties, in which the child will live with Johnson until Ms. Becton moves to New York. So, they agreed that their child will live with Johnson. Agreed to it. He wanted the child to live with him and she OK'd it.
Finally, the "big issue" here is that Johnson hadn't paid for a plane ticket for Ms. Becton to fly up to New York and see their child, which was agreed upon in the custody arrangement. To which, the judge said if he does it again it MAY result in Johnson going to jail. May.
So, for those asking, no Joe Johnson is not going to jail. By all indications, he seems to be a very good father and the only real issue here is that he hasn't bought a plane ticket for the mother of his child.
There's the story as we know it, and once you get past the screaming headline, it's not all "that bad."