Ex-ballplayer Neel sentenced in child support case
SAN ANTONIO — Former major leaguer Troy Neel has been sentenced to five years of probation for failing to pay more than $700,000 in child support — the worst deadbeat rap in Texas history.
A federal judge in San Antonio on Thursday issued the sentence to the former Oakland Athletics first baseman, sparing him the maximum sentence of two years in prison because he would not have been able to pay child support while incarcerated.
The judge ordered Neel to pay $779,000 in restitution.
Neel played for the A’s from 1992-94, then continued his career in Japan and Korea before retiring in 2001. Now 43, he lived on a South Pacific island resort as $5,000 monthly payments for his two children went unpaid.