The mother of Brian Urlacher’s 12-year-old son has filed a $125 million defamation lawsuit alleging the former Bears star conspired with his attorneys and a newspaper reporter to portray her as “a bad Mother, unfit and a killer.”
Per the Chicago Tribune, Tyna Karageorge, 45, formerly Tyna Robertson, is representing herself in the lawsuit she filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. She said in a phone interview that she has not had custody of her son Kennedy since shortly after the Dec. 29, 2016, death of her husband, Ryan Karageorge.
The couple were arguing at their Willow Springs home after a birthday party when her husband grabbed her purse, pulled a gun from it and shot himself in the head, Tyna Karageorge told police at the time, according to her lawsuit.
Ryan Karageorge died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was later ruled a suicide, a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.
Karageorge’s lawsuit also names the Chicago Tribune and reporter David Haugh, saying they conspired with Urlacher to portray her as a killer.
Urlacher, who has joint custody of Kennedy with his ex, was awarded temporary custody of the child soon after his stepfather’s death, the Tribune has reported. The Tribune, in a story by Haugh, reported last January that the investigation into his death remained open at the time, a detail confirmed in documents included in Karageorge’s lawsuit.
In her lawsuit, Tyna Karageorge alleges that Urlacher “plotted” with his attorneys and Haugh to convince the public that she had killed her husband in an effort to influence her child custody case. The Tribune’s story ran after Urlacher won temporary custody.
“The atrocities that the Defedants (sic) have done equates to a modern day lynching and witchhunt,” she wrote in her lawsuit.
“My life has been ruined by what transpired,” Karageorge said Wednesday. “People perceive me as a murderer even to this date.”