Nashville Father of 22 Sued for Child Support

In an interview outside court, Orlando Shaw said that he loves his kids and is a good father, but he cannot afford to pay child support. 

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Orlando Shaw father of 22 speaks to CBS affiliate WTVF. (WTVF screenshot)

A Nashville, Tenn., man who has 22 children by 14 women has landed in hot water after failing to pay child support. He is being sued in what may be one of the city's costliest child-support cases, according to the Huffington Post, which cites a report by CBS affiliate WTVF.

In an interview outside court, Orlando Shaw said he loves all of his kids and considers himself a good father -- it's just that he can't afford to pay child support.

Gawker noted that the 33-year-old appeared to have "lost count" of how many kids he has during an interview. On the whole, Shaw appeared to be both unapologetic about his circumstance and unprepared to tackle its steep financial challenges.

"I was young and ambitious, and I love women," Orlando Shaw told WTVF. "You can't knock no man for loving women."

His past partners might beg to differ, as they have taken Shaw to court over "tens of thousands of dollars" in unpaid support. Shaw said his criminal record makes it difficult for him to find gainful employment. If he isn't able to pay, Shaw may end up in jail again, according to WTVF.

Although it is a matter serious enough for the women to take Shaw to court, various media outlets have picked up Shaw's story from a humorous angle. Hypervocal observed that Shaw has fathered "two starting football teams’ worth of kids," ranging from infants to age 18. (If that age is accurate, it would mean Shaw had his first child when he was only 15 years old.)

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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