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Everything About the Arian Foster Lawsuit Is Pretty Terrible

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Texans running back Arian Foster—who fell out of the spotlight after he missed much of the team’s season with a back injury—managed to find himself in headlines yesterday anyway. According to KHOU, a twenty-year-old University of Houston undergrad named Brittany Norwood says Foster impregnated her when the two met in Houston during Texans’s training camp over the summer:

Norwood claims she didn’t know Foster was married with children when she had sex with him last summer. She said they were first intimate at Hotel ZaZa where Foster was staying during training camp.

Norwood said they also spent a week together in California in November while Foster was recovering from back surgery. Norwood sold photos of them together in California to TMZ.

A story about an athlete having an affair with a pretty blonde woman seven years his junior tends to fall under the “dog bites man” category of news, and the story would land under “none of our business,” but for one of the allegations that Norwood makes about Foster in the lawsuit that she filed seeking a restraining order against the athlete: Namely, that Foster and members of his family have been pressuring her to have an abortion.

Gossip blog TMZ, which broke the story, reports that: 

In her lawsuit, the woman — who says she’s currently 17 weeks pregnant — alleges that after she found out she was with child, Arian “constantly harassed [her] to get an abortion for the child.”

Brittany also claims Arian “used family members to additionally harass [her] to get an abortion.”

In her suit, Brittany claims Arian’s brother approached her and told her, “If you love [Arian] so much you would get an abortion.”

Brittany claims the child is due in June — and she has already obtained a DNA test showing there’s a 99.9% probability that Arian is her baby daddy. 

The woman is going after Arian for child support and a restraining order to force him to stop applying abortion pressure. She also wants damages for emotional distress. 

In the day since the story broke, the word “gold digger” has appeared in connection with Norwood’s name all over the Internet, including in comment sections on both KHOU and TMZ. And, to be certain, Norwood’s an easy figure to demonize: selling photos to a gossip blog does nothing to quell the assertion that you’re in it for the money, and damages for “emotional distress,” which can certainly be legitimate in many cases, are nonetheless easy to portray as a cash-grab. Furthermore, in a follow-up from TMZ in which they obtained Foster’s legal response, he asserts that Norwood sought to star in a reality show about carrying Foster’s child

In his legal docs, Foster claims Brittany has “already indicated in social media postings announcing that she will participate in a reality show revolving around her pregnancy and thereby draw additional media attention.”

Foster included a recent screen grab from what he believes to be Brittany’s Twitter page in which she wrote, “Shooting interviews for the last casting reel for my family’s reality show #blondashians.”

Even with all of that out there, though, it’s important to consider Norwood’s circumstances. She may well be considering monetizing her situation, and while that doesn’t make her a sympathetic character, it also doesn’t make the sort of coercion that Foster is accused of justified. Pressuring a woman into having an abortion when she wants to continue the pregnancy doesn’t suddenly become right just because the pregnant woman is maybe not a shining, suffering avatar of sympathy.

The entire case is complicated, and nobody in it—at least right now—looks all that good. But there’s something inherently wrong with the actions that Foster is accused of, and none of that hinges on whether or not Norwood is a “gold digger.”

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  • ajdoughty

    No one mentions Foster’s wife and daughter. They’re the real victims in this.

    • laura

      And son…. He and his wife had a son last year.

      • Blue Dogs

        The girl is 100% GOLD-DIGGER

    • BrendaSpears

      I know this is irrelevant and it shouldn’t matter either way, but I find his wife a lot prettier than this girl(Fun fact: Brittany went to my high school and was in my history class one year)

  • Hill East

    I’m not saying that she is a “gold-digger.” But she is not associating herself with disadvantaged individuals.

  • Nick

    Who cares what her intentions were/are. If it’s his kid, he must step up and help take care of it.

  • Jennifer

    If she’s really from Houston then you damn well know he’s married and has babies…dumb girl got pregnant on purpose AND Arian should’ve protected himself…

    Putting the Texans and the University of Houston to shame….SMH!!!

    • Ginger

      I’m sure Adrian knows the saying: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” I’m reading all of these gold digger comments. What about adulterer/cheater comments for him? He obviously didn’t care about what the results of his actions could be. Another athlete thinking he can have his cake and eat it too.

  • John

    This whole thing is crazy!! Let me tell you it was no accident by both people. Brittany is just like her mother always worried about money!! Her mother tried out for a reality show years ago and never made it. This woman Dana Johnson, Dana Elliot, or Dana Norwood whatever u want to call her is a tramp!!! She taught her daughter everything she knows. Brittany was escorting just like her mother did which is legal because you are paying for there social services not sex. But we all know what happens when doors are closed. Brittany had a jacked up childhood watching her mom do drugs, molestation by her mothers boyfriends, and u name it she saw it!! Crazy!! Hope Arian’s current kids and the one coming is ready for this! The best thing for Arian is to try to get custody. If not he has a long 18 years.

  • Teasip

    There is a lesson to be learned from this. If you plan on, or are sleeping, with anyone who comes along, it would be a very good idea to use contraceptives of some kind.

    • bigdawgman

      The real lesson is: DON’T CHEAT ON YOUR SPOUSE!!