Raptors forward Chris Bosh began the week being painted as an uncaring future father who forced his girlfriend, seven months pregnant, from their co-owned Frisco, Tex., home in dire financial straits and deteriorating health, leaving her no choice but to return to her mother's Maryland home in order to have the baby.
Bosh's lawyers yesterday responded to the lawsuit and painted a different picture.
It is Bosh's contention, backed up by copies of e-mails between the two that are included in the response, that not only did he never force his ex-girlfriend out of their Dallas-area home after ending their romantic relationship, he encouraged her to remain in Dallas. Even after she "unilaterally" made the decision to return to Maryland, Bosh, agreed to provide for his daughter in whatever requests Mathis makes.
In an e-mail exchange dated September 25, Mathis wants to know exactly what Bosh means when he says he will provide for the baby. She asks for $6,000 for a nursery, $3,500 for the hospital where she will deliver, another $3,000 for follow-up post-natal care and another $5,000 for living expenses and bills regarding the house. She also writes she needs to "know what the deal is with the rental car" that Bosh is providing for her and wants to know if the baby will be covered by Bosh's insurance.
"Everything that is needed for care (diapers, crib etc) I will make sure its taken care of including medical," Bosh responds in an e-mail. "As far as the house is concerned, the bills can be paid, but we have to come to some sort of mediation in regard to it and I think we can resolve that."
He says he has put money in her account to cover the cost of a rental vehicle a few days earlier and assures her he has already taken steps to add his as-yet unborn daughter to his insurance. Bosh ends the e-mail by hoping she and the baby are doing well.
An Oct. 4 e-mail from Bosh to Mathis shows Bosh asking for her doctor's phone number so he can arrange to have the pre-natal bills taken care of. He says he has spoken with nursery people and has the prices. As soon as she tells him where the nursery is going to be, he will have it set up.
In a Mathis e-mail on Oct. 12, Mathis informs Bosh she is going to have the baby in Maryland and then suggests he just send her money for the nursery "to pay for everything myself, that works better. All I know is that this needs to happen fast. Too much time has already been wasted with these back and forth e-mails."
An e-mail from Bosh to Mathis dated Oct. 21, Bosh admits being surprised by Mathis' decision to go to Maryland. He then expresses confusion concerning her latest e-mail.
"I have tried to take care of the things that you have requested for the baby and I have been and always will be willing to do so," Bosh writes. "I'm not sure what your concerns are about that."
Bosh said after last night's game that he is not worried about the recent events.
"Hey man, everything will be all good in the long run," Bosh said. "It's a process. You go through the process and smile at the end of the day."
A hearing in the matter is scheduled for April 3 in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Md.