Former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry appeared in DeKalb County Superior Court Thursday to try and reduce child support payments to one of nine children he fathered by as many women.

At the hearing, Randall M. Kessler, Henry’s attorney, argued that his client’s $3,000-a-month payments to Jameshia Beacham, the mother of his 5-year-old son, should be reduced because Henry is no longer earning a paycheck in the National Football League.

Henry was released by the Broncos last June.

“When you’re making zero dollars, what is the right amount [of child support]?,”said Kessler prior to Thursday’s hearing. “He’s not putting his head in the sand. He wants to support all of his children.”

In court Kessler noted that Henry awaits prosecution on federal drug charges in Colorado, and that if he’s sent to prison that could hamper his ability to pay child support.

Henry has offered Beacham a one-time payment of $100,000 to settle the case, an offer her attorney, Robert Wellon, scoffed at in court Thursday.

Wellon argued that Henry is unemployed by choice and that he’s squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have been spent on supporting his children.

“It’s kind of like the gentleman who kills both parents and comes to the court to beg for mercy because he is an orphan,” Wellon said.

The hearing is ongoing as testimony continues.