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Ex-Millionaire Boxer ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker Says Evicting Mom Is ‘Beautiful Moment’

Source: Liz Fields / ABC News

Former welterweight boxing champ Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker’s latest battle was a court fight to evict his mother from her house and he described his court victory as a “beautiful moment.”

Once a celebrated millionaire boxer and 1985 Olympic gold medalist, Whitaker is now struggling to pay his bills and needed to sell the house which he gave to his mother nearly 30 years ago, according to his lawyer. His fall from grace and solvency involved numerous incidences of drug abuse and a history of arrests and run-ins with police. But Whitaker’s final falling out with his family came to an ugly end in a Virginia court on Wednesday.

The court ruled that Whitaker’s 73-year-old mother, Novella Whitaker, had to vacate the house by March 31.

Whitaker had been going head to head against the matriarch of his seven-child family since last fall when he began eviction proceedings after unsuccessfully trying to convince his mother to move, his lawyer, Bruce Gould told ABC News.

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  • Fordf250

    Wait, she’s been in that house 30 years and it wasn’t paid for? Let that be a lesson to all you people out there. Athletes are usually bankrupt within 5 years of leaving their sport. Don’t let your kids or spouse’s buy you anything they are making payments on if they are athletes. Make them buy you a home or car that they can put on Amex. If you don’t, you can lose what you own.

    • Serendipity

      The article says he needed to sell it to pay his bills, not that it wasn’t paid for. I agree with you but would add: Have them put it in your name. It looks like the deed was still in his name. He couldn’t have evicted her if it was in her’s.

    • Cecelia Aldridge

      It didn’t say the house wasn’t paid for it say he wanted her out so he could sell it. If it wasn’t paid for the bank would be taking it.

      • moneyluv

        PUT THE QUESTION IS …IS THIS HIS HOUSE THAT HE BOUGHT AND LET HER LIVE IN IT, THE JUDGE SAW SOMETHING IN THAT CONTRACT THAT AGREED WITH HIM, CAUSE IF THE HOUSE WAS HERS AS A GIFT FROM HIM AND SHE COULD HAVE PROVE IT, NO ONE CAN MAKE HER MOVE, U PEOPLE IN HERE ARE SO DAMN DUMB ALL U WANT TO DO IS CALL HIM NAMES…READ THE FINE PRINT..

        • claudnc

          We are aware the house is still in his name.. he is still a lowlife.

          • monkey boy

            no way thats my man

        • AG

          You sound like some kind of fool here. Have you read the fine print???? Well if it is that easy to put your senior citizen mom on the street, God be with you! He is a dirtbag and you sound like one too.

      • BetweenTheLines

        The house was about to be foreclosed. She would have been evicted anyway. He needed to sell it to avoid the foreclosure. He owed some $19k on the house. Some of the several adults in the house should have stepped up to pay.

    • Sprax

      ” Athletes are usually bankrupt within 5 years of leaving their sport”

      That’s not true at all.

  • Akbar Starkley

    What a crappy piece of journalism.

    This is ugly Roland. Ugly. Reporters aren’t supposed to drum up hate and hysteria.

    • Beverly Brown

      Akbar…keep your UGLY comments to yourself.

      • Curtis Deon Brown

        Why should he keep his comments to himself? He’s right, this is a poorly written article.

    • DennisCLatham

      @Akbar Starkley – you’re a low life spaz – like the one in this video – and you’re a coward to even say what you said. However. I understand also this must be a low moment in your own life – but I won’t back down off THE TRUTH to please you and your childish and immature behavior.

  • Ada L Lee

    WHAT A HORRIBLE THING FOR HIM TO DO.

  • gail

    Ignorant N-word. His poor mother rues the day she gave him life. Why doen’t he get back all that money he squandered on whores and gofers?

  • Lizbeth Santos

    WHAT A DIRT BAG!! HE GAVE IT TO HER 30YRS AGO AND NOW HE CAN TAKE IT BACK?!! SOMETHING SO WRONG WITH THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM HERE

  • Sherri Hollyfield

    How low can you go??!!!

  • uk

    He is on drugs,dope head!!!

  • DennisCLatham

    What a low life … he’s about to continue REAPING just what he has SOWN and is still SOWING .. that attorney should be ashamed of himself – but he’s just in it for the money – he’s going to get his too.

    • Richard Buchanan

      Yeah, that is low. Sound like something DMX would do?

    • BetweenTheLines

      Read between the lines. They were going to LOSE the house via foreclosure. He needed to sell it so it doesn’t foreclose. It was a lose-lose situation. He had a lot of family living in the house and NO-ONE offered t pay the mortgage all those years.

      • DennisCLatham

        I don’t have to read between any lines – and i doubt any one lived there and not paid mortgage in 40 years -

        • monkey boy

          you are soooo smart are you a real estate agent

          • DennisCLatham

            no one is going to be allowed to live in a house for 40 years and never pay the mortgage …. unless that something racists like you can do and you’re not sharing any information about that – because you don’t want those whom you hate – because of their skin color to find out.

  • moneyluv

    she wanted to know how he could have done such a think to his mom, easyyyyyyyy….i dont understand the law in this case, was IT A GIFT TO MOM, OR WAS IT HIS AND HE LET HER LIVE IN IT, AND IF THATS THE CASE AND HE TOLD MOM YOU GOTTA HELP WITH THE BILLS IF THE HOUSE IS HIS AND SHE IGNORED HIM, WELL MOM I GUESS YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE WHEN IT WAS NOT IN THE PUBLIC EYE, U BROUGHT THIS ON YOURSELF, IF THE JUDGE READ THE CONTRACT AND THE HOUSE WAS NOT YOURS AND YOU’RE NOT HELPING WITH BILLS I GUESS THE JUDGE READ THE FINE PRINT..DID YOU!

    • nichelle

      I think he spent majority of his money on drugs.. so I doubt if he was paying the household bills. He looked cracked out. Mom looks almost as young as he does. He will smoke up the proceeds of selling the home.

    • BetweenTheLines

      The house was about to be foreclosed due to back property taxes. She would have been evicted
      anyway. He needed to sell it to avoid the foreclosure the Some of the several adults in the house should have
      stepped up to pay.

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