Athletes Who Lost Everything
Famous athletes are those who have great skill and tenacity. From medals to endorsement deals, their glory is from a lot of hard work. The hard-earned fame and wealth are what make athletes such sought-after people among people. However, even though they are stars, they are humans, too, and more often than not, they slip. They take wrong decisions and make mistakes, sometimes because they get too conceited, and sometimes they are just too desperate to reach a greater height by a shortcut route. However, as a result of these mistakes, they have lost everything they have worked so hard to earn. Their fame, achievements and all their glory have been taken away from them. Let us take a look at the 10 Athletes who Lost Everything.
10 Athletes Who Lost Everything
1. Marion Jones
Marion Lois Jones, also known as Marion Jones-Thompson, was born on October 12, 1975 and is a former world champion in track and field events. She is also a former professional basketball player in the WNBA for the Tulsa Shock. Marion achieved 3 gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics but sadly, she later got stripped of the titles after she admitted to doping, as well as lying to federal agents under oath on October 5, 2007, about her steroid uses prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics. Marion pleaded guilty at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. A source confirmed that on October 8, 2007, Jones surrendered her five medals she won at the 2000 Summer Olympics. A bank then foreclosed on her mansion near Chapel Hill, North Carolina worth $2.5 million in 2006.
2. Evander Holyfield
Retired American professional boxer Evander Holyfield was born on October 19, 1962 and is a former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. He is also popular by his nickname “The Real Deal.” He achieved the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993, and also achieved the WBA title in 1996 and 2000. A legal notice was placed by Washington Mutual Bank in June 2008 that Holyfield’s 54,000-square-foot, 109-room, 17-bathroom suburban Atlanta estate worth $10 million would be auctioned off on July 1, 2008. Shortly before that bank’s insolvency, the auction was made due to foreclosure. Holyfield was also sued by a Utah landscaping firm which went to court seeking $550,000 in unpaid debt for services.
Bonus: Top 10 All Time Boxers
3. Allen Iverson
American retired professional basketball player Allen Ezail Iverson was born on June 7, 1975 and played 14 seasons of professional basketball in the National Basketball Association for four different teams: the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons. Allen won the All-Star MVP award twice in 2001 and 2005, and was an eleven-time NBA All-Star. 76ers a beat writer for the Inquirer, Kate Fagan who reported in November 2010 that Allen was “broke” and heavily in debt and stated “by all accounts except his own”. An Ohio man sued him in August 2011, for $2.5 million in damages while claiming he was assaulted by Allen’s security guard in a 2009 Detroit bar fight. As a fact, he during his divorce proceeding in Atlanta in 2012 shouted to his wife Tawanna, “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger.”
Bonus: Top 10 All Time NBA players
4. Curt Schilling
Former American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher Curtis Montague Schilling was born on November 14, 1966 and was also a former video game developer. He led the Philadelphia Phillies team to the World Series in 1993 and later also won the World Series championships with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. Schilling again won the World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox in 2007. He established Green Monster Games after his retirement which was renamed 38 Studios. Schilling laid off his entire office staff due to severe financial troubles just three months after the company released Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning in February 2012. His 8,000 square foot home in Massachusetts was put on the market in late 2013 with a listing price of $3 million due to his financial troubles.
5. Lawrence Taylor
Former American football player and Hall of Famer Lawrence Julius Taylor was born on February 4, 1959, and famous by his nicknamed “L.T.” He spent his entire professional career with the New York Giants in the National Football League as a linebacker. Taylor is known as the greatest defensive player in the NFL and also considered as one of the greatest players in the history of American football. Taylor pleaded guilty in 1997, to filing a false tax return in 1990. He was then “sentenced to three months of house arrest, five years of probation, and 500 hours of community service for tax evasion” in 2000. He again pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a 16-year old girl in 2011 for which he was charged with felony third-degree statutory rape.
Bonus: Top 10 Best Ever NFL Players
6. Mark Brunell
Retired professional American football quarterback Mark Allen Brunell was born on September 17, 1970 and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round in 1993. He was selected in Pro Bowl three times with the Jacksonville Jaguars and also played for the New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins and New York Jets. Brunell earned a Super Bowl ring in 2009 as a member of the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV winning team. He was filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 25, 2010, due to several failed real estate and many other business investments. He and his co-investors also defaulted on multiple loans involving different real estates. He was listed $5.5 million in assets against almost $25 million in liabilities according to a Florida Times-Union report.
7. Dennis Rodman
Retired American professional basketball player Dennis Keith Rodman was born on May 13, 1961, and played at the National Basketball Association for several teams such as the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, , San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. Rodman was nicknamed “The Worm” owing to his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities. After he spent several years attempting to reconcile with his wife, Rodman filed for divorce in 2004 which was officially dissolved in 2012. As a settlement, Rodman owed $860,376 in child and spousal support. He was then sentenced to one year of domestic violence counseling and three years of probation on June 24, 2008, due to the misdemeanor spousal battery charges. Besides, Rodman also received 45 hours of community service.
8. Jamal Lewis
Former American football running back Jamal Lafitte Lewis was born on August 26, 1979, and was drafted fifth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League. It was found by the police authority that Lewis was involved in talks about a drug deal in February 2004. He was charged for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine. In October 2004, he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and later sentenced to four months in federal prison in January 2005. Lewis was released on August 2, 2005, from the federal prison. Moreover, Regions Bank filed a law suit against Jamal over an unpaid $660,000 loan on October 31, 2011.
9. Derrick Coleman
Retired American basketball player Derrick D. Coleman was born on June 21, 1967 in Mobile, Alabama but grew up in Detroit, Michigan where he attended high school. He was selected first overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1990 NBA Draft. Sports Illustrated once stated about him, “Coleman could have been the best power forward ever; instead he played just well enough to ensure his next paycheck.” Derrick declared for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in March 2010, owing an estimated $2.19 million to several creditors. Since his bankruptcy, Derrick with the contents of his home offered at substantial discounts in a 2009 sale now resides in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
10. Latrell Sprewell
Former American professional basketball player Latrell Fontaine Sprewell was born on September 8, 1970, and played for the New York Knicks, the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. His long term companion sued him on January 31, 2007, for $200 million for ending their relationship. It was then reported by multiple news agencies on August 22, 2007, that Sprewell’s yacht was repossessed by federal marshals after he failed to pay the maintenance and insurance for which he owed approximately $1.3 million. After Sprewell defaulted on a $1.5 million mortgage, his yacht was auctioned for $856,000 in February 2008. It was also revealed by documents that he was failed to make his mortgage payments of $2,593 per month between September 2007 and January 2008.
It is indeed sad that the sports stars took some wrong steps and in one go, lost everything. When the image of the stars is tarnished, they also lose the place they have in the hearts of the people. For years, these athletes’ achievements are forgotten and their names bring out either disgust or pity from people, which is the most unfortunate part.