Steelers linebacker Larry Foote wins custody of son
PONTIAC, Mich. -- A Michigan judge has awarded Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote full custody of a 10-year-old son Foote said he did not know existed until two years ago.
Foote filed earlier this year for custody of Trey-veion Hammond. The boy's mother, Khalila Shanese Hammond of Inkster, did not attend Monday's custody hearing.
Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl A. Matthews gave full legal and physical custody of the boy to Foote. Hammond is to have "reasonable parenting time" with her son.
"Larry is excited and thrilled by the judge's decision. All he wants is to care for the boy and provide him with everything he needs to grow and succeed," Foote lawyer Francis X. Bujold II told The Detroit News.
Hammond said earlier that she appreciated Foote's actions on behalf of their son but said the boy should not stay with Foote full-time.
Foote, 26, has homes in Pittsburgh and the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield Township.
The 6-foot, 239-pound Foote played at the University of Michigan and was part of the Steelers team that beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 at Detroit's Ford Field.