continued "In October of 1988, I informed Junior Seau that I was about four weeks pregnant. In June of 1989, [the baby] was born. Junior Seau visited the hospital, and his name, with his full knowledge and cooperation, was placed upon the birth certificate as father.
"Junior and I remained in a dating relationship for another year from the time I informed him I was pregnant in October 1988. I did not become involved in another relationship until September 20, 1990. In 1990, Junior Seau decided to go into the nfl draft. We stopped our dating relationship after Junior was picked in the nfl draft and became involved with Gina Deboer."
Before they split up, the mother of Seau's child testified, she followed Seau as he traveled with the college team, although he never provided her monetary support. "During Junior Seau's junior year at USC, [the baby] and I went to all the games. This travel was at some expense as I lived in Oceanside with my mother and worked full-time supporting [the baby] and myself without any support from Junior Seau. After Junior Seau's nfl contract was negotiated he at that point began giving [the child] $1000 per month."
According to a deposition taken in March 1991, Seau testified that he was the child's father and confirmed he was at the hospital for the child's birth and that he had allowed his name to be put on the birth certificate. He also agreed to pay $3400 a month in child support payments. But two years later, in July of 1993, when the mother sought a 10 percent increase in the monthly payment, Seau had a change of heart and demanded that the mother have a blood test to confirm that the child was actually his.
"I am somewhat confused as to the Defendant's request now for blood testing," the mother declared to the court. "Defendant has never disputed he is the father of the child." She added, "I do not know off of what wall Defendant comes; however, I am more than willing to have the blood testing performed in this action."
In a declaration filed with the court in September 1993, Seau fired back: "I have recently spoken to several of my past college friends and was told that during the time I was at camp, they believe [the mother] was not completely faithful to me. The plaintiff and I met while I was attending college at the University of Southern California.... We subsequently developed an intimate relationship. If I am the father, then the minor child will benefit from that relationship both emotionally and financially. However, if I am not the father, then a grave injustice will be performed if this court or any court imposes a relationship based on a legal technicality."
The mother countered by declaring, "Defendant/Father now as a last resort makes claims to smear my reputation. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I feel I must take this opportunity to rebut Defendant's declaration."
She went on to describe a lengthy physical relationship with the football player. "Junior and I were sexually active together even through my pregnancy, which was confirmed by ultrasound. Junior makes some claim at this point that since he was at football camp, there is no way he could have been the father. Junior Seau's football camp was held on the USC campus, where I would visit him. The campus was approximately ten minutes from our apartment, and the camp only lasted a couple of weeks.
"I was never sexually intimate with any other man [other than Defendant Junior Seau] from October 19, 1985, until after July 8, 1990, when Junior Seau and I broke up." The mother also denied she was taking advantage of Seau's status as a successful professional athlete, and she disputed his statement that they had met while he was at USC. "I was pregnant one year and nine months before Junior Seau ever became a pro-football player. Junior's efforts to make me sound like a gold-digging individual totally overlook the fact that we were high school sweethearts, and I became pregnant well before he ever became a famous pro-football player."
Court records show that a blood test was finally ordered in February 1994. Though the results are not a matter of court record, on May 25 of that year, a "stipulated judgment of paternity" was entered in the case. Signed by both Seau and the child's mother, it declares that "Plaintiff is the natural mother and Defendant is the natural father of the minor child" and outlines the terms of settlement, including the payment of $6500 a month in support until the child "marries, dies, becomes emancipated, reaches the age of 19 or reaches 18 and is not a full-time high school student residing with the Plaintiff, whichever occurs first." Seau did not respond to requests for comment.