McNair's mom, wife in dispute on death anniversary - WSMV Channel 4

McNair's mom, wife in dispute on death anniversary

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This 4th of July was another bombshell for Lucille McNair. It was two years ago her famous son was murdered. Now Steve McNair's mother is being sued by Steve's widow Mechelle.

Lucille McNair spoke with Channel 4 over the phone Monday from her home in Collins, Miss. She said this whole week has been difficult for her, remembering what happened two years ago. But this year what hurt the most, was getting served with papers.

Lucille McNair meant the world to her famous son. They grew up Mississippi poor, so when Steve struck NFL gold, he built a 45-acre ranch for his mom on what came to be called, Air McNair road in Collins, Miss.

The ranch and the property was a gift to his mother. She lived there, no strings attached, for the past 13 years, until now.

"They wanted me to pay $3,000 a month, rent," Lucille said Monday on the phone.

When Steve McNair was murdered July 4, 2009, he didn't leave a will, which complicated everything.

Lucille couldn't afford to pay rent at the ranch, so in May, she had to move out. She was at her new home this weekend mourning her son, when FedEx delivered a letter from Mechelle McNair's lawyers.

The letter explains that she must pay $54,363 to her son's estate for appliances and property she took from the ranch.

"They took everything from me and so now they want me to put the contents back in, that I purchased," Lucille said.

Lucille talked about how much that house meant to her because it was a gift from the former Titans quarterback.

"He had told me that he was going to make sure I have what they didn't have when they were growing up," said Lucille.

Although the letter is upsetting, it's the timing that hurts the most.

"It wasn't no coincidence. Just the day of, the Saturday of his death, that's what really upset me. It was the Saturday and approximately the same time that Steve passed," Lucille said.

Lucille came to Nashville in June to look at the crime scene photos and find closure regarding her son's death. However she said she said she didn't get closure and just has a gut feeling, what she calls a 'mother's instinct' that the murder-suicide theory isn't how her son died.

Channel 4 reached out to Mechelle McNair through a spokesperson for comment, but our calls were not returned.

Steve McNair's estate is listed at approximately $19.6 million in value. That does not include separate stocks and bonds, his farm in Mississippi and his share in the Gridiron 9 restaurant that he opened near Tennessee State University in North Nashville.

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