Randy Johnson drops lawsuit

Island County Court has put an end to a dispute about child support between baseball star Randy Johnson and Laurel Roszell, the mother of his child, in late April.

Judge Alan R. Hancock granted the motion to dismiss a petition by Johnson to adjust child support for his daughter who lives in Langley, according to court documents.

Johnson, who makes $16 million a year pitching for the New York Yankees, was seeking a rebate for the $750 monthly daycare payments he had provided over the past eight years to the mother of his 16-year-old daughter Heather Roszell.

In a motion filed on Feb. 7 in Island County Superior Court, Johnson had asked for the return of 95 months’ worth of daycare

payments, or $71,250 plus $26,148.52 in interest. He did not ask the court to adjust the base child support of $5,000 a month he pays to the Langley family.

Johnson’s decision to go after the money prompted national ­­­­?—­media attention.

Molly McPherson, a Coupeville lawyer who is representing the baseball star, asked the court to order a voluntary dismissal of the case without prejudice on April 26, according to court documents.

Because none of the parties objected, the motion was granted by Judge Hancock on April 27.

By asking for a voluntary dismissal without prejudice, Johnson’s lawyers reserved the right to re-file the lawsuit at a later time.

The Roszells live in Langley on Cross Lake in a quiet neighborhood. Heather was born in 1989, but it wasn’t until nine years later that Johnson and Laurel Roszell entered into a custody and child support agreement and Johnson began to make payments, according to court records.

The couple separated during Roszell’s pregnancy and Johnson has only seen Heather once, when she was a baby.

Johnson said that he has taken financial responsibility for his daughter, despite the money dispute with her mother.

“I do acknowledge that I have a daughter from a previous relationship, which ended years before my marriage,” Johnson said in a statement. “I have fully financially supported her and have made every effort to protect her privacy.”

Johnson claimed in the court petition that Roszell owed him the money, in part, because she failed to provide quarterly accountings for her daycare expenditures. He also complained that Roszell had not needed any daycare in years since she is now a teenager.

The papers were filed after Roszell contacted Johnson’s agent last year and asked the athlete to pay for a car for their daughter, as well as community college classes that the high school student was taking. After being told that her request was excessive, Roszell argued that it was a reasonable request.

Johnson has has four other children with his wife Lisa.

Also known as The Big Unit, Johnson is a left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees since 2005. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 1990 to 1998 when he left Washington to join the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is most noted for his 6-foot-10 stature and for having one of the most dominant fastballs in the game.

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