Not since the battle over Conway Twitty’s estate has the passing of a Nashville celebrity stirred such activity in probate court. Yet another claim on the multimillion-dollar estate of slain former Titans quarterback Steve McNair has been filed, this time for $12,000 in portraits he allegedly commissioned with Greenbrier artist Patricia Thompson.
Thompson, known locally for donating to grieving families portraits of fallen soldiers, agreed via e-mail with McNair last March to paint a portrait of McNair’s manager, Bus Cook, another of McNair for his restaurant and a family portrait of McNair, his wife Mechelle and their two boys.
“How about $5000.00 for my painting and $3,500 for the family and $3,500 for my managers painting (sic)?” McNair apparently wrote to her in a March 25 e-mail, a copy of which was attached to the filing.
In a handwritten letter filed Wednesday in Davidson County Circuit Court’s probate division, Thompson wrote that she spent three months on the portraits. Despite submitting the full claim amount for purposes of the official court filing, Thompson explained in her note that she would like to give the family portrait to McNair’s wife gratis.
“I put the full amount [on the claim form], but I would still like to do that one for free of his wife, him and his two children,” Thompson wrote.
Thompson’s claim for the portraits is one of the leaner ones in a line of lawyers, creditors, family and at least one alleged mistress who claimed to have his child who are all waiting to see how the state will divvy up an estate for which there is no will.
Old Hickory Credit Union submitted a $43,000 claim for the black Cadillac Escalade McNair and mistress Sahel Kazemi were often seen driving around town. A Mississippi woman dropped a claim last month that McNair is the father of her 17-year-old daughter. Lawyers for McNair’s widow have filed a $51,000 claim for parsing the vagaries surrounding the football star’s $19.6 million estate.
Metro Police formally concluded that McNair was shot and killed by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, while he slept in his Lea Avenue condo on July 4. Kazemi then turned the gun on herself.