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Emmitt Smith is speaking out on the justice system and the way that it treats fathers. The former NFL player recently discussed his experience with the courts during an ‘Oprah’s Life Class’ taping in Dallas, Texas. Emmitt let lose when asked by Bishop Jakes to elaborate on his battle to establish a connection with Rheagen through the system.

“Like any situation, there’s always a little strife in the beginning,” said Smith. “And sometimes that strife lasts a little longer than you really want to. I think oftentimes, you feel like the system is not for [fathers]. It’s really against us. Because once we get into a courtroom, oftentimes we feel like we have the responsibility and the capabilities of taking care of a young woman.”

Emmitt went on to talk about his efforts to establish a working relationship with his daughter after being granted co-parenting rights by the courts, telling Bishop Jakes that it was a challenge at first. “[There] was something that I learned through life and through sports — perseverance. If you want something bad enough you’ve got to really fight for it and you should never quit on it. I knew that this was my daughter and I wanted to be in her life and I was going to be in her life. I was determined to be in her life.”

Rheagen is Emmitt’s daughter with ex-girlfriend Hope Wilson. The former NFL player also has two kids, Emmitt IV and Skylar, with wife Patricia Southall. Patricia has a daughter named Jasmine from her previous relationship to comedian Martin Lawrence.

Hot Topic: Do you agree with what Emmitt has to say about the ‘system being against fathers?’

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7 Comments to “EMMITT SMITH: ‘THE SYSTEM IS AGAINST FATHERS’”

  • Sherley September 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I have no words for Emmitt.

    • PlainMean September 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

      I’ve met him a few times and he’s not a nice guy!

      • BigBlue September 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

        I know his wife, Pat Southall Smith personally.

  • Da September 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    All the best to Emmitt and his family.

  • PlainMean September 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    That annoyed feeling when you take time to type a thoughtful comment and press send and it disappears into BCK land…. I’m about done with this website!

    • Sherley September 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Or they delete your comment because they don’t like what you said. I feel you.

  • PlainMean September 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Back in the day, when a man impregnated a woman he was forced to marry or “make an honest woman out of her”. It was considered the right thing to do. You knock a woman up – you provide for her and the child. Obviously, times have changed and one can argue our morals have lapsed. As someone who has worked in “the system” for years and as a custodial parent who receives child support, I don’t feel “the system” is against fathers. Honestly, it depends on the individual Judge or hearing officer. What I do believe is that a lot of non-custodial parents greatly underestimate the work it takes to be a full time parent and greatly OVERESTIMATE how far their support payment goes… Mr. Smith was with his ex for about 10 years and cheated on her with his current wife (according to his ex)… When you do dirt, you have to deal with the consequences… Stop crying!

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