The WASHINGTON POST reports that Arenas broke up with the mother of his children, Laura Govan, around Thanksgiving.
More from the WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger:
A representative for Govan - yes, there are reps involved this time - told The Washington Post that Arenas has cut off communication and funds from her and their three children.
Govan, who is four months pregnant with their fourth child, “has not heard from Arenas the whole month of December,” said publicist Laura Wright in an e-mailed statement. “Govan and the children feel like they have been abandoned.”
Wright - who has worked for Govan’s sister Gloria and her fiance, Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes - said that Govan was left at their Great Falls home “with no money to purchase food or Christmas gifts.”
Arenas has yet to comment on the accusation from his former fiancee though he did tell reporters before he was traded from Washington to Orlando that he’d been staying at teammate Nick Young’s home for “about a month.”
After he was traded from the Wizards to the Magic, Arenas told the Washington Post on Dec. 20 that he couldn’t wait to jet - literally - from D.C.:
“I went to the airport and left. I didn’t have a chance to say bye to anybody. I didn’t even say bye to the kids.”
This isn’t the first time Govan has had a highly publicized breakup with Arenas. From the Post:
Behind the scenes, their relationship has often been tumultuous: After a few years of on-off dating, she gave birth to their daughter Izela in December 2005; the bitter child-support battle that followed ended with a romantic reconciliation a few months later. They welcomed a son, Alijah, in March 2007. After another breakup and makeup, they got engaged in September 2008 at a splashy family party with ice sculptures and a moon bounce (yes, he blogged about it). Last December - just weeks before the guns-in-the-locker-room incident that foreshadowed the end of his Wizards career - their daughter Hamiley was born.
We can debate about how Arenas is handling his relationship with his former girlfriend Govan. And her decision to use a “publicist” in an attempt to soil Arenas’ already trampled reputation. But there’s no denying that the children are innocent victims in this situation and at the very least Arenas should be taking full responsibility for them all - regardless of how disagreeable he may find Govan. (And the possible additional circumstances of their relationship that Govan chose not to volunteer.)
Mike Wise of the WASHINGTON POST had this on Govan and Arenas in 2007:
Within weeks, though, Arenas and Govan were arguing over issues of custody, paternity and the fragile state of their relationship. Govan hired an aggressive Bay Area law firm, which threatened to embarrass Arenas by serving him with a paternity suit on national television during a game in Sacramento on March 28.
Arenas was advised by his attorney to avoid being served a subpoena in the state at all costs, noting that he could suffer a severe personal loss of wealth because of California laws governing paternity and child support.
Arenas said Wizards owner Abe Pollin agreed. “Abe Pollin was like, ‘This can’t happen,’” Arenas said.
The team concocted a story: Arenas had the flu. “I called my teammates. They said: ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to win this game. We’ll meet you on the plane.’ ” Arenas watched on television in his hotel room as the Wizards beat the Kings without him. The team spent the night in Sacramento, but Arenas flew to Houston with at least two teammates, he said.
If the Wizards don’t enable Arenas in that situation, would he be in this predicament today?