AceShowbiz - Tristan Thompson tries his best to be a responsible father. It was unveiled that the NBA star has been paying child support to Maralee Nichols despite refusing to meet their son.
Revealing the news was Page Six. The athlete's attorney told the outlet in a legal letter he "is paying, and has paid, child support to Ms. Nichols retroactive to the date she delivered the child."
Though so, Tristan has yet to meet his and Maralee's baby boy. "Tristan has still made no attempt to meet his 8-month-old son, Theo," an insider claimed. "It was not until recently that Tristan started paying child support."
Maralee gave birth to Theo in December 2021, shortly after slamming the basketball player with a paternity lawsuit. She claimed to have gotten pregnant after hooking up with him in March that year when he was still dating Khloe Kardashian. After taking a DNA test, it was confirmed that he is Theo's father.
Recently, Maralee shared a cryptic post on Instagram that many believed to be aimed at Tristan. Alongside a workout mirror selfie, the fitness model wrote, "Less time on captions, more time on actions..never skip leg day."
Fans have since assumed that her message could be related to Tristan's recent remark. "Love the shade," one follower wrote. Someone else commented, "Oh gosh mama throwing a little shade hell yeah he need to start paying up," while another encouraged her to "stay optimistic."
Days prior to that, Tristan made a claim that he's a better person now amid his cheating scandal. The said post included a photo of him standing against a brick wall while wearing a button-down black top with a large yellow floral pattern, black pants and white sneakers. "I never switched sides, I switched lanes. I got wiser and realize we aren't all built the same #DontTryMe," the bask captioned it.