Former MLB Player Arrested For $725,000 In Unpaid Child Support

By: Courtesy KBTX.com - Joe Brown
By: Courtesy KBTX.com - Joe Brown

He was a star player in high school and a promising prospect at Texas A&M who wound up as a professional athlete. But the title he's now known for is the biggest dead-beat dad in the history of Texas.

Troy Neel, 43, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to non-payment of child support in the amount of $725,000. He remains jailed in Austin awaiting a trial date.

But early on in his life, Neel had the proverbial world on a string. After leading his Brazoswood, Texas high school team to a state baseball championship, he arrived at Texas A&M in 1984 on a football scholarship. After a couple of season with the Aggies, he returned to baseball where he wound up with the Oakland A's.

After a messy divorce, Neel was ordered to pay $5,000 a month in child support for his two children. But by that time he was playing professional baseball in Japan.

The Texas Attorney General's office says Neal then purchased a resort on the island of the Republic of Vanuatu where he lived for eight years while his child support debt continued to grow.

He was arrested last month in Los Angeles. Neel faces up to two years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.


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  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    Ank: I agree to a certain degree. I would NEVER and I mean NEVER condone abortion. That being said I think the father should also have a choice in the situation. One thing I don't agree with is obviously he had enough to pay the child support. If not I'm sure there is some sort of court hearing he could set up to reduce the amount. Another thing is whether or not he had the opportunity to actually see hte children, or did he not even want to? There are too many unknowns at the time.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jan 23, 2009 at 12:22 AM
    The term "dead-beat dad" refers to a man who fathered a child and does not want to support that child with his time or money. Dead-beat dads are often times ordered by law to support their child financially and go to prison if they fail to do so. It's ironic because if a woman does not want to support a child all they have to do is get an abortion and it's totally fine. Why can't the man have a choice as well? Don't get me wrong I'm all up for some abortions, but these laws are unfair to men. Either outlaw abortion or give the fathers a choice just like the mothers have, Period.
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