NEW YORK – Yankee superstar Randy "Big Unit" Johnson has a secret 16-year-old love child he's never spoken to — but the pitching ace now wants the girl's mom to return nearly $100,000 he's paid for day care.
The $16-million-a-year hurler last month petitioned a judge to recoup eight years of day-care expenses — plus interest — after the teen's mother asked Johnson to buy a truck and computer for the girl, Heather, as well as cover community college expenses.
"It's just a lot of smoke and mirrors to avoid his responsibility as a father to my daughter. He's bullying me," the mom, Laurel Roszell said yesterday from her Washington state home, after TheSmokingGun.com reported Johnson's legal move.
It claims she failed to document - as required by a court agreement — that the $750 a month the Bronx Bomber paid went for day care.
"What a liar," snorted Roszell, 46, saying she has provided documentation.
She said Johnson, 42, agreed to continue paying that amount — on top of $5,000 monthly child support — even after Heather stopped being cared for by a nanny in 2003.
Roszell claims that Johnson — who later married and had four children with his wife, Lisa — has ignored Heather's written pleas to meet him.
"He hurts her feelings," she said.
The hot-tempered future Hall of Famer has seen Heather only once — right after her out-of-wedlock birth in 1989, and he demanded a paternity test when Roszell first sought child support in 1998.
The 6-foot-1 high-school student "looks like him, walking and talking, a young girl with attitude," said Roszell, who is married and has a son.
Johnson, in a statement, admitted fathering Heather in a "personal relationship that ended years before my marriage. I have fully financially supported her."
But Johnson's agent swung back hard at Roszell.
"This is a good guy who basically has paid a lot of money," Alan Nero said. "The mother basically seems to think that she's entitled to more and more."
Nero said Johnson had offered to "buy her [Heather] a car, and buy her a computer and pay for those things directly, but [Roszell] didn't want that. She wanted to be paid directly." Roszell denied that claim.
Johnson asked a judge to order more than $97,000 in day-care repayments, Nero said, only after she threatened to take him to court for more child support.
But Roszell said that when she asked Johnson's lawyer for what amounted to an extra $1,700 in monthly support, she was told it was "a bit extravagant" and "they told me to put my boxing gloves on."