Ex-NBA star Michael Dickerson in custody battle over baby daughter


michael-dickerson-1Sandra Boughner hasn’t seen her infant daughter Rahda since October, and former NBA star Michael Dickerson has something to do with that.

The girl is currently in Spain with Dickerson, who happens to be her father, according to FederalWay Mirror.

Boughner would not speak to the details surrounding the custody battle per her attorney’s recommendations but confirmed the situation.

Reportedly, Dickerson and her friend have had an on-again, off-again relationship throughout the last 10 years with alleged issues of controlling behavior.

But their relationship didn’t start to worry her until Boughner took a trip that would change her life. The two had gotten engaged, and planned to visit India, Thailand and Spain.

As Boughner’s friend Je Myung said, Sandra was already pregnant, and Rahda was born during the trip.

It got more alarming for family and friends when they weren’t able to get ahold of her because they hadn’t spoken to her for months at a time. They eventually reported her missing with the belief that she was forbidden from contacting them.

“Around July or just before August is when she finally reached out,” Myung said, noting her friend had been to India, had Rahda in Thailand and was now visiting Spain, staying with Dickerson’s cousin. “She was telling him she wanted to go home.”

Myung said Boughner allegedly had a history of being mistreated and isolated from her family by Dickerson. She believed he was taking care of her financially but Myung said they discovered he wasn’t.

michael-dickerson-2While the two were in Spain, Dickerson allegedly made her sign a notarized document under duress, which gave Dickerson full custody of Rahda. Boughner was told the document would be the only way Rahda could get citizenship and that his employer would help pay for his own citizenship, according to Myung.

Boughner came back to tell family and friends about her year, but Myung found it strange Rahda wasn’t with her. Dickerson reportedly refused to let Rahda go with her mother.

During that time, Boughner found out he had allegedly been “communicating with a lot with other women” and he was in a financial bind.

Reportedly, it was Dickerson’s idea to travel, since Sandra was pregnant and had to quit her jobs in order to travel with him that he would pay her monthly bills, making her financially dependent on him.

Boughner soon discovered all of her monthly bills from the last five months before Rahda’s birth were sent to collections and her SUV was in repossession.

“Everything he had been telling her was a lie,” Myung said.

Boughner boarded a plane on Sept. 6 to Spain with the intent to bring Rahda home as their relationship clearly wasn’t going to work out, Myung said.

When she got to Spain, she realized he “pretty much disappeared.”

“He kept stringing her along,” Myung said. “She didn’t want to go to the officials at first, she wanted to work it out. He kept saying they’d meet Sept. 12, Sept. 26, whatever.”

Finally, in October, Boughner was able to see Rahda for five days before he “flipped again.”

michael-dickerson-3“He left with Rahda in the middle of the night while she was asleep and wouldn’t respond to calls,” Myung said.

Boughner contacted the Spanish police department and filed a police report but when police went to Dickerson’s cousin’s house, he showed them the custody documents. Police told her to get an attorney.

Boughner flew home on Nov. 2 after her attorney told her there was no point in being in Spain.

Now, she’s in the process of working with an attorney from Flexx Law in Seattle to determine the jurisdiction where the custody suit can take place. Since they are both from Washington and have lived or have properties in South King County, Boughner is arguing that her case should be heard here.

“Hopefully there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” at the end of the tunnel,” Myung said. “Sandra hasn’t seen [Rahda] since October.”

Michael Dickerson was drafted by the Houston Rockets with 14th pick in the 1998 NBA draft. He played his first seaon with the Rockets, playing in all 50 games (lockout season), averaging 10.9 ppg. Then Dickerson was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies, where he averaged 18.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg, both career highs.

He played four seasons with Grizzlies, and appeared in only 10 games during his last two seasons due to injuries. Dickerson appeared in total of 212 NBA games (206 started), averaging 15.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.6 apg in 35.3 mpg.



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