Guardian Appointed as Grandparents Fight Over Money & Custody of Jovan Belcher’s Daughter
Is this really about the child or is it about the money?
We reported that the grandparents of little Zoey Belcher were planning to go to court over who should have custody and control of her estate. That is exactly what they have done.
Why is that important? ESPN breaks down what it could be worth.
Zoey’s estate or guardian will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, including $108,000 annually over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and $52,000 each year until she turns 18. She can keep receiving that amount until she is 23 if she attends college.
A trust funded by the Hunt family, which owns the Chiefs, along with team coaches, players, employees and contributions from the public, will help care for the child. Also, Belcher’s beneficiary will receive $600,000 in life insurance, plus $200,000 for each credited season — Belcher was in his fourth season at the time of his death — and $100,000 in a retirement account.
Both set grandparents have filed lawsuits and an independent lawyer guardian has been assigned to make sure the best interests of the child is taken into consideration.