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Former ‘Fab Five’ Member King In Court On Child Support Claim

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Jimmy King, former U of M basketball player. (Getty Images)

Jimmy King, former U of M basketball player. (Getty Images)

PONTIAC, Mich. — University of Michigan “Fab Five” member and ex-Toronto Raptors player Jimmy King said he is working with authorities to resolve a child support claim after being arrested earlier this month. The state says he failed to pay $17,000.

“We are working with the attorney general’s office,” King told reporters Tuesday outside a hearing in Pontiac. “We are going to do everything in our power to make sure that this is taken care of. I’m just going to continue doing what I’m doing to support my family.”

King, 38, is scheduled to return to court Sept. 9 for a preliminary hearing.

King was arrested Aug. 9 at a basketball camp at a northwest Detroit church. He was arraigned the next day on a charge of failing to pay support he owed for one child. The charge carries up to four years’ imprisonment but is commonly used to get parents to settle.

King’s lawyer Andrew Abood said his client has already paid $60,000 in support of his 17-year-old son.

Authorities have been working since 2008 to get King to get up-to-date with the payments, and he ignored repeated warnings to get back on schedule, the state attorney general’s office has said.

King, Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Ray Jackson and Juwan Howard made up the Wolverines’ Fab Five in 1991-92 and 1992-93, when Michigan reached the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

King played for the NBA’s Toronto in 1995-96 and also played in Europe and for the Continental Basketball Association.

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