McNair, Kazemi estate claims resolved

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 2:28am

The personal estates of slain Titans quarterback Steve McNair and his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, are about as lopsided as they come — his is worth nearly $20 million; hers begins and ends with a meager $10,000 group life insurance policy.

But the fight over the earthly assets left behind following the most high-profile murder/suicide in Nashville history has come a little closer to resolution this week.
In McNair's case, now there is officially one less claim on his estate. A Mississippi woman who gave birth to a now-17-year-old girl that she claims is McNair's daughter, has dropped her claim against his $19.6 million estate in Probate Court, according to documents filed Monday.

A representative for McNair's estate has claimed that paternity tests ruled he did not father the daughter of Clover Lee, though no test results have been entered into the Probate Court record here. Lee has said she dated McNair in his hometown of Mount Olive, Miss.

For Sahel Kazemi, the Probate Court issued a final ruling, allowing the maternal aunt who raised her to collect on a $10,000 life insurance policy from The Hartford.

Soheyla Kazemi, 47, of Orange Park, Fla., made the claim with The Hartford Group on Oct. 2. The basic group life insurance policies it administers do not contain a suicide exclusion policy. The Hartford has declined to discuss the specifics of Kazemi's policy.

Soheyla Kozemi has not returned phone calls for comment.

No other claims were filed against Sahel Kazemi's estate, court documents filed Nov. 4 show.

Sahel "Jenny" Kazemi, came to the United States at age 11 from Iran to live with Soheyla after Sahel's mother died, according to her family. Kazemi apparently never knew her father.

She and McNair were found dead the morning of July 4 in McNair's Lea Avenue condominium. Metro Police investigators formally concluded that Kazemi shot the former football star as he slept, then turned the gun on herself.

Police speculated in their final report that the murder-suicide was prompted by Kazemi's suspicions of another McNair mistress and her mounting financial problems. But other than making payments on a late-model Cadillac Escalade, co-signed by McNair, it is unclear what money troubles the 20-year-old — who held a regular job and paid rent on her Hermitage apartment — actually had.


8 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 11/11/09 at 8:55

Steve McNair was a whore. I hope his wife enjoys every penny he left behind with a new man that respects her and appreciates her.

By: sidneyames on 11/11/09 at 9:12

NY1, the sad part is that where there is no Will, the state picks up a healthy chunk of his estate.

Thanks goodness the 17 year old in Mississippi was not his daughter.

His wife and children (all 4 of them) deserve the best. He, unfortunately, did not do his best or he would not have been running around on her and those children. When a mother or father commits adultry, they do harm to everyone, including the children.

By: JohnGalt on 11/11/09 at 10:19

Actually, sid, where the state is concerned I have been told the state will get the same share whether there's a will or not.

WRT the feds, however, taxes can be deferred on what the wife inherits by will or title.

By: house_of_pain on 11/11/09 at 12:32

Classy as always, should fit right in with the Parisians.
Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

By: localboy on 11/11/09 at 1:18

NY1, you go girl!

By: sidneyames on 11/11/09 at 1:28

John G my error. Either way, a will is usually the best thing a family can do for their surviving loved ones.

House, NY1 is just calling it like it played out. McNair was a good ball player and a contributing factor to some segments of society. On the home front as a husband and father, you'd have to admit his public appearance seems to be that of a failure.

I'm sure his kids will get the "good daddy" stories. At least until they are adults and can understand that mankind (male or female) is not perfect and we all make mistakes.

By: dargent7 on 11/11/09 at 3:38

Ames: You are as dumb sounding here as on that other thread. You are talking out of school. You have NO idea of McNair's relationship with either his wife or his kids. Why don't you keep your judgmental yap SHUT!

By: fightcrib on 11/11/09 at 4:33

At Dave and Buster's here in Nashville, they are going to have a an adult Chuck e. Cheese type robot performance portraying the Mcnair/ Kazemi saga. no joke, it's in the works.