Miami Heat superstar Chris Bosh was grilled for nearly two hours in an Orlando courtroom this afternoon by lawyers and a judge trying to determine whether the power forward is a Florida resident.
Clad in an impeccable blue blazer and white pants, Dallas native Bosh was contradicted over and over again. And, at times, he was made to look like a liar by the attorney who represents Bosh’s baby mama in what’s been a three-year battle for the custody and financial support of their 3-year-old girl.
At one point, the tall-head was reduced to reading from the mortgage papers he signed for his $12.5 million-Miami Beach home.
After claiming repeatedly that he is a Texas resident, Bosh read out loud an affidavit he signed in 2010 to obtain the mortgage from Deutsche Bank. The affidavit was to swear he had the intention to make his North Bay Road home his primary residence — and therefore become a Florida resident!
So why is Bosh, who’s been playing for the Heat for two seasons, so adamant that he is a Texan through and through?
If baby mama Allison Mathis is able to prove that Bosh really lives in Florida, Orange County Judge Robert Evans could then order Bosh to pay much more in child support.
How much? Try $30,000 a month instead of the $2,600 a month that a Texas judge ordered him to pay three years ago!
In another surprising revelation, voting records admitted as evidence showed Bosh — an ardent supporter of President Barack Obama – did not vote in the 2008 presidential election!
Bosh’s voting became an issue because citizens vote in the state they consider to be their home state, and Bosh did not vote in Texas.
“I did mail in a ballot,” Bosh told Jane Carey, Mathis’ lawyer.
“How could you,” Carey countered. “They purged your name from the rolls.”
“I guess it was just a mistake,” Bosh replied.
Records showed Bosh, who remained unflappable and patient all afternoon, re-registered to vote in Dallas County two weeks before today’s hearing!
Incidentally, while Bosh has not apply for homestead exemption in Miami Beach, he doesn’t have an exemption on the suburban Dallas home he claims as his lawful residence.
Bosh applied for the tax-saving exemption in Texas last week.
While questioned by Mayanne Downs, his lawyer, the 28-year-old Bosh also admitted to not having a Florida driver’s license.
“What do you mean you never had a Florida driver’s license?” the judge asked. “Are you aware that the state of Florida requires anyone living in the state for more than 30 days to have a Florida driver’s license?”
On his way out of the courtroom, Bosh declined comment but grimaced when I asked him about Mathis’ lawyer portraying him as liar.
Judge Evans could render his decision by the end of September.