Artist Gets $5,000 For McNair Painting - WSMV News 4

Artist Gets $5,000 For McNair Painting

Updated: Feb. 11, 2010

A piece of art is the focus of the latest fight for a chunk of Steve McNair's estate.


A local artist said the slain former Tennessee Titans quarterback promised her $12,000 to paint him three paintings. She said she completed one and delivered it only days before his death but never got paid. She never started the two others.


Patricia Thompson showed up to court Thursday trying to collect the money she said was promised to her.


"People told me, 'This is what Steve wanted. He ordered the paintings. He asked for them. You should be paid,'" Thompson said.


But attorneys for McNair's estate said it doesn't add up


"We have checked his residence, we checked his home in Mississippi, we checked his office he maintained in Cummins Station, we checked the restaurant, Gridiron 9," said David Callahan. "We have been in contact with all his friends, associates and employees. No one was aware of this painting."


Thompson took in evidence that the estate lawyers said they can't verify. One, she said, is McNair's own words.


Lawyers for McNair's estate said since no one can find the painting, they shouldn't have to pay for it. But the judge decided to award Thompson $5,000 for the completed painting and nothing for the other two.


Through tears, Thompson said she's satisfied but sorry it had to go this far.


"I hope I didn't hurt anybody," she said. "I didn't want to hurt anybody."


A representative for McNair's estate said there is no comment about Thursday's ruling.


McNair was killed July 4, 2009, in a murder-suicide.

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