MIAMI — Former Miami Dolphins star Jason Taylor, who’s scheduled to be inducted into the football hall of fame Saturday, has managed to keep a major element of his personal life a secret for the past 17 months.
Unbeknownst to fans, Taylor, 42, obtained a pre-negotiated quickie divorce from Katina Taylor, his wife of 14 years, mother of his three children and sister of his former teammate Zach Taylor.
The divorce case sped through the system in less than two weeks without alerting the media, which isn’t unusual in Key West when it comes to celebrity splits.
Katina filed Jan. 25,2015, and the divorce was deemed final Feb. 10, 2015.
Katina, however, let the cat out of the bag a few days ago when she filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband in a Broward County Family Court.
What’s her beef?
According to the paperwork, former Dancing With The Stars runner-up Jason was to give Katina a lump sum alimony payment of $8.67 million — you read well, $8,670,000 — at the finalization of the divorce.
Katina, however, says Jason came up short by $3.4 million, and he’s not responding to her attempts to collect.
Seth Levit, who runs Jason and Katina’s charity, was on his way to Canton for the hall of fame ceremony and wasn’t able to comment.
Jeffrey Weissman, Katina’s attorney, didn’t respond to a call for comment.
According to the Broward case file, Jason has yet to hire a lawyer. He has not responded to the June 26 complaint to enforce the Key West judgment and find him in contempt of court.
In her complaint, Katina claims Jason is “willfully and deliberately refusing” to pay. She also makes it clear that Jason has way enough cash to come up with the remaining $3.4 million. She lists a securities account stocked with $2 million worth of goodies, Seaside Bank CDs for a total $600,000, at least $1.5 million in real estate holdings in Weston, $1.5 million worth of cars and boats and a $1.3 million-retirement account.
“The ex-wife has made numerous attempts to amicably resolve the matter,” the complaint reads.
The document also shows Jason is currently paying $4,000 in child support and needs to pay for health insurance and private schools for the children.
Last week, Katina’s lawyer for a motion for default for Jason’s lack of response.
In December, we reported Jason and Katina pulled a Woody Allen/Mia Farrow, living in opposite sides of a development in West Broward County.