Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier has hocked his Super Bowl rings and filed for bankruptcy.
His former wife has little sympathy.
Aleta Whitaker said in a counter-suit that Bleier just wants to avoid paying her $837,948 from the sale of their suburban Pittsburgh home.
Bleier, a star of four Super Bowls, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Dec. 12, two days after selling his championship rings for $40,000 to help pay back federal taxes, according to the petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh.
Whitaker, of San Diego, asked the court to order Bleier to make the $10,000-a-month payments required in the couple’s settlement agreement.
Bleier, who played for the Steelers during the 1970s, denied he filed for bankruptcy to duck the payments to his ex-wife. He claimed his debts exceed his income by $5,000 a month.
Bleier’s bankruptcy petition said he has paid Whitaker $1.3 million in cash and property since they separated, including a $400,000 retirement account, eight fur coats valued at $38,750, diamonds worth $36,000, a 1988 Porsche and a 1985 Ferrari.
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