Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who recently became the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, is accused in his native Panama of failing to support two children outside of his marriage.
Rivera, who is married with three children, is being asked to appear before Panamanian judicial authorities to answer the accusations but the 49-year-old spent Tuesday in his native country defending himself through local media outlets, calling the allegations "unfounded."
"I have always acted ... as a good family father," he said, according to The Associated Press.
He also issued a statement through his attorney.
"It is true that I face demands in the courts, all without foundation, which are affecting my children whom I love with all my heart," the statement said.
Yovany Wyznick Ortega, the attorney of the two children -- a boy and girl, ages 11 and 15 -- said that Rivera had "always shared" with the children but abandoned them two years ago.
"He stopped paying for htings for his children and put them in an economically critical situation," she said.
Rivera faces five suits filed sevaral months ago and could be prevented from leaving the country if he does not appear before judicial authories, according to Ortega.
The suit came to the public's attention on Feb. 11 when reports that a hearing called by Rivera's attorneys did not take place began to surface in the local media in Panama.
Rivera was unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January, becoming just the second Panama native since Rod Carew to be enshrined in Cooperstown.