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Strahan Ouch!!!
13 years ago  ::  Jan 13, 2007 - 4:02PM #1
MyYESNetwork
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Wife: 15M, Strahan: 0

Sack master's spouse scores big - judge
gives her the house, car and pile of loot


Jean Strahan hauls in $15 million from Michael Strahan (below).
Jean Strahan can buy the family's $3.6 million 'dream house' in Montclair, N.J., from her husband for $1.4 million.
Michael Strahan and his wife during happier times.
Giants sack king Michael Strahan's ex-wife walked away with more than half of his fortune, his "dream house," luxury SUV and a fat lump-sum payout yesterday after a judge rejected his bid to toss their prenuptial agreement.

Jean Strahan - who was worth $250,000 when she married the football star in 1999 - was awarded over $15 million in all, court papers revealed.

The decision was a stinging defeat for Michael Strahan who had argued his ex-wife was entitled to no more than $7 million of his $23 million fortune.

Dressed in a black cashmere turtleneck, black slacks and black heels, Jean Strahan said she felt vindicated that the judge believed her.

"All I ever asked for was that the prenup that Michael and his lawyers wrote be upheld and enforced," the 41-year-old mother of two said outside her lawyer's office in New Jersey.

"You just don't walk away and say, 'I'm done.' You don't erase your obligations and agreements."

The judge's decision ended a bitter divorce proceeding between the blond beauty and the Giants great.

The once-loving couple tore into one another last summer with dueling allegations of physical abuse, infidelity and wild spending.

The trial exploded when Jean Strahan claimed her husband was leading an "alternative lifestyle" after moving out of their Montclair, N.J., estate. She later said she didn't mean to suggest he was g ay, just a philanderer.

She also charged that he used a camera hidden in a clock radio to peep on one of her sisters.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Convery didn't buy Michael Strahan's claims that the couple had agreed to modify their prenup because they were sharing their assets.

"[Michael Strahan] failed to present any credible evidence that there was an actual bargaining process with the defendant, and what he promised to do," Convery wrote.

Jean Strahan was awarded $7.5 million, plus an additional $1.2 million in interest, based solely upon the prenup.

She also was awarded half of the couple's joint assets, about $6.6 million, as well as $214,745 in annual child support payouts and their leased Cadillac Escalade. She can buy the couple's $3.6 million "dream house" in Montclair from her ex for $1.4 million.

The ruling noted that in July 2001, while the couple was trying to have a child, Michael Strahan had asked his wife to redo their prenup, which called for him to deposit 20% of his annual income each year into an account controlled by his wife.

Strahan's wife told the court she refused and insisted her money be deposited in a separate account - which never happened.

Her account was bolstered, the judge concluded, by Strahan's reaction when his wife confronted him about his lawyer's repeated phone calls in 2001.

The Giants star called his lawyer in front of his wife and told the attorney that there was no need to rework the prenup, according to the court papers.

"We're happy," Strahan told his lawyer. "I'm happy to be home; we have no problems. Let's just stop everything."

The judge also concluded that Strahan agreed to open joint banking accounts, buy property with her and combine their assets - even though he was not required to by their prenup - because the couple had been in love.

The judge noted that Strahan had sent his wife "letters, cards, e-mails and notes" professing his love and even wrote a song for her.

Strahan's claim that he could not recall writing the fawning notes and song was "simply not credible," the judge ruled.

Strahan's attorney, Robert Penza, did not return calls yesterday.

"It's over today," Jean Strahan said. "He wanted his freedom and he's got it."

"We had some bad times, but we had a great love affair. He was in love with me. Period. End of story."

And just like a Super Bowl winner, when asked what she's going to do next, she flashed a smile and said, "I'm going to Disney World with the kids."


What Jean Strahan gets

Prenup payout
$7.5 million plus $1.2 million in interest

Half of all assets
$6.6 million

Dream house
She can buy the family's $3.6 million "dream house" in Montclair, N.J., from her husband for $1.4 million

Luxury car
A leased Cadillac Escalade

Property
She gets half of the money from the sale of 256 pieces of furniture and other property

Child support
$214,745 a year; Michael Strahan also must pay 91% of the cost of their children's private schooling, camp and higher education fees. She will cover the rest.

Originally published on January 13, 2007

13 years ago  ::  Jan 13, 2007 - 10:23PM #2
Samuel
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just one of the MANY reasons i'm afraid to get married! i mean any divorce lawyer can figure out a way to get something out of nothing....especially for the woman
13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 1:45AM #3
MyYESNetwork
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men have always gotten hosed in divorce cases, what else is new?
13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 6:07AM #4
yanks4life
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I guess Strahan won't be retiring anytime soon.

13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 6:18AM #5
MyYESNetwork
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lol good point
13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 7:30AM #6
mussinafan
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Not all women are like that though...I was raised and taught to never depend on anyone else, or seek to gain that which I had not earned. I think trust funds for the children should be more than enough, no reason for the kids to suffer.
13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 8:31AM #7
melkmancometh
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Amen..............feel the same way. It just bothers me that we are at the point where, if you decide to sit down and write your wife a love letter or a poem or any kind of documented expression of love, it could be used down the road to take half of your assets, your house, and your car. She should obviously get something, but when is enough enough. Looks like the Giants have Strahan around for a few more years.
13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 4:35PM #8
MyYESNetwork
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I'm a woman and I don't agree that she deserved half of Strahans money, thats crazy. I mean I'm sure she has a right to something but half??? crazy. She seemed to plant strange stories about him in the papers and stuff, she was courting the media to get her way, thats sleazy if you ask me, he is the father of your kids at the end of the day.She's posing for pictures and saying his teammates turned against him and supported her? Oh well I guess Strahan won't be retiring anytime soon.


Late hit vs. Mike

Strahan ex says Giants cheered her


'I'm going to have fun for the rest of my life,' says Jean Strahan of divorce settlement with Michael Strahan.
A day after walking away with more than half of Michael Strahan's $23 million fortune, his gleeful ex-wife drove a wedge yesterday through the Giants clubhouse.

Jean Strahan said several of her ex-husband's teammates turned against him and congratulated her after a judge upheld the pair's prenuptial agreement, awarding her $15.3 million.

"Besides friends, athletes have turned out to be the biggest supporters in the world," she said. "I'm happy they were so gracious as to call me."

The 41-year-old mother of two refused to identify the Giants who called but said one player reached out to her yesterday. She also said she doesn't feel sorry for her husband, calling him a great football player who can earn more money.

"I can't feel bad for him," she said outside her New Jersey estate. "The man makes a lot of money doing what he does."

Jean Strahan - who was worth $250,000 when she married the football star in 1999 - was awarded $7.5 million, plus an additional $1.2 million in interest, based solely on the prenup.

A New Jersey judge also granted her half of the couple's joint assets, about $6.6 million, and $214,745 in annual child support payouts, as well as their leased Cadillac Escalade. The judge said she can buy the couple's $3.6 million "dream house" in Montclair from her ex for $1.4 million.

"The money will be for the girls," she said of her twin 2-year-old daughters. "And for a lifestyle as if he hadn't walked out on us.

"I'm going to have fun for the rest of my life, you can guarantee it."

Michael Strahan's attorney Robert Penza did not return calls yesterday.

The once-loving couple's divorce trial included dueling allegations of physical abuse, infidelity and wild spending.

But it was Jean Strahan's claim last summer that her husband lived an "alternative lifestyle" that rocked the courthouse. She later said she didn't mean to suggest he was g ay.

Yesterday, she said Strahan had been very tender when she was pregnant and fondly recalled his gapped front teeth. "I love the gap," she said. "It was the first thing that made me fall in love with him."

But she said he became cold and unkind after she gave birth. She also accused him of ignoring their daughters.

"I've never seen him hold them or play with them," she said. "He left when they were 2 months old."

As for the money she was awarded, she insisted it won't change her. She spent much of yesterday taking her kids on a play date, as she has done many times before. But there is one thing she won't do anymore: watch Giants games.

"I didn't watch a single game this year," she said. "It's not part of my life anymore. He's moved on and I've moved on."

Originally published on January 14, 2007

13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 4:40PM #9
MyYESNetwork
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Feh. Even if she takes everything but $1M from Strahan, he'll still have roughly... $1M more than me.
13 years ago  ::  Jan 14, 2007 - 5:38PM #10
MyYESNetwork
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ha so now jonah is a tool, wrong nearly all the time and now broke , that is just priceless lol
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