Joe Namath’s Daughter Reignites Controversy In The Namath Family
In their adolescent years, Joe Namath described his children as “Not Being Rational.”
Joe Namath, the legendary New York Jets quarterback and cult icon, has had a shady off-field history to say the least. The Jets legend’s life has been dogged by problems around his alcohol and drug abuse since his ex-wife Deborah Mays left him in 1998.
His two daughters have become embroiled in the negative news around him, threatening to poison his life just as he is getting his life back on track.
Namath is embroiled in yet another controversy, as the ex-husband of his eldest daughter demands a financial report
In August 2019, just when it seemed like the quarterback’s hall of fame was finally free of scandals, he was caught up in yet another one. His eldest daughter Jessica Namath’s spouse drew unpleasant attention to the family this time.
In September 2016, his eldest daughter filed for divorce from her husband, Brian Kennedy, citing his drug and alcohol abuse as well as anger management concerns. In addition, she requested child support for their 2-year-old son.
Kennedy, on the other hand, was unfazed and dragged the quarterback into the drama by demanding that he give his financial records, including credit card transactions and tax returns, in order to claim that Jessica is supported by her affluent father.
This demand was made to demonstrate that Jessica did not require Kennedy’s financial assistance because she had received numerous presents from her affluent father.
Jessica’s lawyers, on the other hand, responded by contending that the estranged ex’s claims were an overreach of his entitlement to obtain personal and financial information about the Namath family.
Namath’s Upper West Side condo, which he donated to both his daughter and son-in-law following their July 2015 wedding, was also brought up as one of the hall-of-“gifts” famer’s to his daughter. The condo, which cost $1.01 million, was discovered to be jointly owned by Namath, his daughter, and his son-in-law.
Olivia, the eldest daughter, was 16 when she became pregnant
Olivia Namath, his youngest daughter, made headlines in 2007 when she became pregnant at the age of 16, just a few years after his divorce from his wife. Olivia was still in high school in Florida at the time of Namath’s granddaughter’s birth.
Although the announcement wasn’t particularly shocking, allegations that the baby’s father, Edwin Baker III, had been jailed three times for meth possession, burglary, and auto theft in the year leading up to the baby’s birth enraged the media.
As if the revelation wasn’t contentious enough, three years after the child’s birth, Olivia herself was arrested on drug possession charges. In 2010, Olivia was busted in West Palm Beach with a pound of marijuana in her car. Olivia was just 19 years at the time.
Namath’s youngest troubles seem to have lessened after Olivia eventually married her baby daddy in 2014.
Namath’s Fight Against Alcoholism
Even before he married Deborah ‘Tatiana’ Mays in 1984, Namath suffered with alcohol. Because he was single at the time, his pre-marriage alcoholism went mostly unnoticed.
Despite his drunkenness, the quarterback was still a popular player who even had a few product endorsements.
Deborah was the one who assisted him in reducing the amount of alcohol in his system. But his sobriety only lasted a little more than 14 years, from 1985 to 1998, when Deborah allegedly left him for a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.
Following the divorce, the Hall of Famer attempted to drown his sorrows by returning to the bottle, as well as his meds.
His under-the-radar alcoholism was first revealed on a Monday Night Football program in December 2003.
Namath’s comments were gibberish throughout the episode, and reporter Suzy Kolber struggled to understand him. The former quarterback was smitten over the reporter and even moved in for a kiss, saying the iconic words, “I want to kiss you.”
Three decades later, it appears that Namath is still having trouble avoiding the scandals that surround his family.
Namath’s status in the Jets’ NFL Draft in 2021
Quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall choice in the 2021 NFL Draft, has signed with the New York Jets. The BYU quarterback, who is 21 years old, is ecstatic to be playing for the Jets.
Namath, a Jets legend, had this to say about the draft to the press:
I’m excited to meet Zach; I haven’t had the opportunity to meet and speak with him, so it’s difficult to judge someone without sitting down and talking with them. But from what I’ve seen of him on tape or on television, he’s an athlete in my opinion. He throws the ball and wanders around. A gifted sportsperson.
During the conversation, Namath stated unequivocally that the Jets were overdue for a championship. He also thanked God for allowing him to be a part of a winning squad during his time there. And wishes for the Jets to be able to make history once more.
Wilson’s signing has definitely piqued his interest, and he has high expectations for both the athlete and the team. Despite the fact that a lot of things are going wrong for Namath, he still has football to keep him happy.