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Ex-pro player tops charts: this time for child support debt

Perhaps more than professional athletes in any other sport, baseball players live by statistics. They are measured by them, paid by them and valued proportionate to how their numbers stack up when compared to others.

Therefore, it is usually a singular attainment and unquestioned badge of honor to appear at the top of any list.

That is, excepting one issued by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that prominently features your picture and depicts you as the “most wanted” deadbeat dad in all of Los Angeles County.

That is the current status of ex-pro player Danny Tartabull, commonly known throughout his playing days as “The Bull.” Tartabull, who enjoyed an illustrious and accolade-studded career spanning 14 years at the highest level of his sport, has now gained notoriety for his celebrated failure to stay current on child support payments owed his two sons.

As is the case with any such story involving high-profile professional athletes, readers often find it flatly inextricable perusing the details. Tartabull is currently on the hook for more than $276,000 in past support obligations, yet he reportedly made well more than $30 million during his playing career.

Tartabull, now 50, last played professionally in 1997. He appeared in court in 2011, pleading no contest on a no-support charge. He was sentenced to probation, but violated its terms.

As a result of that noncompliance, Tartabull was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

He never showed up for that obligation, and the LAPD issued a warrant for his arrest last year in May.

His current whereabouts are unknown.

Source: NBC Southern California, "Ex-Major League Baseball star tops child support "most wanted" list," Dan Stamm, July 12, 2013

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