Between 1984 and 2000, Joe Namath married Deborah ‘Tatiana’ Mays. Olivia and Jessica were the couple’s two daughters. Namath’s alcoholism sadly controlled their marriage. Joe’s personal life has been filled with scandals and turmoil.
Olivia Namath was jailed on drug charges in 2010, three years after giving birth to her first child at 16, and the family has been the subject of much controversy. In their adolescent years, Namath described his children as “Not Being Rational.” As his son-in-law asked to see his financial documents, Joe Namath was drawn into Jessica’s nasty divorce struggle.
Joe Namath, the legendary New York Jets quarterback and cult icon, has had a shady off-field history. The Jets legend’s life has been dogged by problems around his drink and drug addictions 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.
Joe Namath Dragged Into Yet Another Controversy As Eldest Daughter’s Ex-Husband Demands 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 misuse and anger management concerns. In addition, she requested child support for their 2-year-old son.
On the other hand, Kennedy was unfazed and dragged the quarterback into the drama by demanding that he give his financial records, including credit card transactions and tax returns, 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.
On the other hand, Jessica’s lawyers 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.
Joe’s Upper West Side condo, which he gave to his daughter and son-in-law following their July 2015 wedding, was also brought up as one of the hall-of-“gifts” farmer’s to his daughter. The condo, which cost $1.01 million, was jointly owned by Joe, his daughter, and his son-in-law.
His Youngest Daughter, Olivia, Made Headlines In 2007 When She Got Pregnant At Just 16
Olivia Namath, his youngest daughter, made headlines in 2007 when she became pregnant at 16, just a few years after his divorce from his wife. Olivia was still in high school in Florida at the time of the birth of Joe’s grandchild.
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 that wasn’t shocking enough, Olivia was arrested on drug possession charges three years after the child was born. Olivia was busted with a pound of marijuana in her automobile in West Palm Beach in 2010. Olivia was only 19 years old when this happened.
After Olivia married her baby daddy in 2014, Joe’s younger controversies appear to have subsided.
Joe Battle With Alcoholism Was The Start Of Controversy That Followed The Family For Years To Come
Even before he married Deborah ‘Tatiana’ Mays in 1984, Joe struggled with alcohol. Because he was single then, his pre-marriage alcoholism mainly went unnoticed. Despite his drunkenness, the quarterback was still a famous 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 lasted only 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 and his meds.
His under-the-radar alcoholism was first revealed on a Monday Night Football program in December 2003.
Joe’s statements were gibberish in the episode, and reporter Suzy Kolber struggled to understand him. The former quarterback was smitten with the reporter and even moved in for a kiss, saying the iconic words, “I want to kiss you.”
Three decades later, it appears that Joe is still having trouble avoiding the issues surrounding his family.
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