Finances Divide Sean Taylor's Family

Jarrett CarterAnalyst ISeptember 29, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 02:  A fan of the Washington Redskins hold up a sign honoring the late Sean Taylor prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills on December 2, 2007 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the tragic death of Sean Taylor, many Washington football fans reflect on what his loss meant to the franchise and city. But I’m willing to bet that very few considered what happened to the family members that depended on his salary. Turns out that his mother is getting the short end of the payout.

When Taylor died without a will on Nov. 27, 2007, the bulk of his $5.8 million estate went to his daughter, Jackie Taylor, now 3, who lives with Taylor’s high school sweetheart, Jackie Garcia, in Coral Gables, Fla. Taylor’s mother did not get a penny. Nor did his grandmother, great-grandmother, two of his half-siblings, or any of the cousins or relatives who had grown accustomed to his largesse.

In Junor’s case, she was left with possessions that carry costs and fees that she says exceed her income as a substitute teacher. She could not pay the real-estate taxes last year on the townhouse she bought in 2005 with $222,000 her son had given her. Another tax bill is due at the end of November. She hasn’t paid her homeowners association dues in months. The lawyers have begun chasing.

The story gets sadder for Donna Junor, with tales of Taylor’s father and his sister receiving generous payouts from accounts and life insurance, but receiving little to nothing from them in financial assistance.

Makes you rethink how profitable life as a member of an entourage can be, huh?

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