NEWARK, N.J. – A judge has ordered NFL star Michael Strahan to pay his ex-wife $15.3 million — more than half-his net worth — holding the defensive end to the prenuptial agreement he signed.
Under the agreement, Jean Strahan was entitled to 50 percent of their joint marital assets and 20 percent of his yearly income from each year they were married.
Strahan had claimed that he wasn't responsible for the 20 percent because his wife failed to ask for it every year.
But state Superior Court Judge James Convery disagreed, saying in his ruling that "the plaintiff is not credible in his claim that the defendant never asked for her separate funds."
In addition to the $15.3 million, Convery awarded Jean Strahan hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support
Jean, who married the football player in 1999, said she was elated with the ruling.
"It pays to tell the truth, and I told the truth," she told the New York Post for Saturday editions. "I never asked for a penny more than the prenup that Michael and his lawyers wrote and made me sign. And all I ever asked for was that to be upheld."
Jean's attorney, Ellen Marshall, said her client is glad the case is over.
"She's grateful to the court," Marshall said Saturday night. "She looks forward to her future, raising their children and moving forward."
A call to Michael Strahan's attorney, Robert Penza, and his agent, Tony Agnone, were not returned on Saturday.