Jose Lambiet

Married former Miami Heat benchwarmer faces paternity suit

Former Miami Heat big Amar’e Stoudemire is being sued by a Miami woman who says he’s her baby’s daddy.

Rough stuff for a man who’s been married to the mother of his four children since 2012.

Quynn Lovett, 36, wants a Broward County family court judge to affirm Stoudemire’s paternity of her 1-year-old daughter, Zoe Renee, and she wants permanent child support as well as full custody.

Stoudemire, meanwhile, claims in court papers he has been doing the standup thing by shelling out $4,333 a month in temporary child support.

Calling Lovett’s lawsuit ‘frivolous,’ the 6-foot-10 Lake Wales native says in court papers he was “informed of his paternity several months after the child was born.”

Lovett, who’s from Massachusetts and is a major Celtics fan, says Stoudemire hasn’t been involved with little Zoe’s day-to-day life and didn’t pick up any of her $11,000-plus maternity bills.

Stoudemire countered that, in addition to the voluntary child support payments, he has paid her $22,500.

According to court documents, Lovett is unemployed and not seeking employment because she wants to focus on raising the child. Her 2016 income was $2,983, until Stoudemire started sending her money.

And he has made a lot of dough in his day — an estimated $160 million since arriving in the NBA in 2002. Stoudemire played for the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks before coming to the Heat, where he kept the bench warm for one season. He’s now on a two-year deal to play for an Israeli professional league team in Jerusalem.

Stoudemire married Alexis Welch on on the rooftop of their Greenwich Village apartment. They had been dating since 2002 after meeting at a Nelly concert in Phoenix and became engaged in May 2012.

He once described her as a “passionate mother.”

“Alexis is very charismatic,” he told Essence in 2012. “She’s a passionate mother, and she’s very supportive and encouraging, but I probably love Alexis’ heart the most.”

Neither Stoudamire nor Lovett returned phone calls, and their respective lawyers declined comment. They have a court date before Broward County Family Court Judge John Contini next week.

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