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Gilbert Arenas gets halftime surprise: child support and custody papers

February 4, 2011 |  5:17 pm

Arenas_300 Magic guard Gilbert Arenas, a former star at Van Nuys Grant High and Arizona, got a surprise as he left the court at halftime on Thursday night in a game against the Miami Heat at Amway Center in Orlando: He was served with court papers in a child-support and custody case.

Arenas, acquired this season by Orlando from the Washington Wizards in a three-team trade, was walking to the locker room when a process server handed him the court documents, copies of which were attained by the Associated Press, on behalf of California resident Laura Mendoza Govan, who identifies herself as his former girlfriend and mother of three children he fathered.

Govan claims that Arenas has cut off financial support for the three children. She is also seeking support for an unborn child.

A hearing in the case has been set for March 8 in Los Angeles. Orlando plays at Sacramento on March 9.

--Dan Loumena

Associated Press contributed to this post

Photo: Magic guard Gilbert Arenas warms up for Friday night's game against the Washington Wizards. Credit: Susan Walsh / Associated Press

For the record: An earlier version of this post said the game Thursday night was at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. It was at Amway Center in Orlando.