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It’s a Wonderful Life… for Pookie and ‘Nem

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Even Annie gave up the money she was saving for a divorce... if she ever got a husband

A friend sent me this article laughing that just in time for Christmas another athlete goes broke.  The Boston Globe reports that the former Celtic Antoine Walker “owes more than $4 million to his creditors and is facing felony check fraud charges in Las Vegas”.  He’s 33 years old.

How did a baller who at one time was once a multi-millonaire go broke?  Maybe it’s because of all his dependents.  Not children, but adults he put on his payroll because… well just because.

It’s one thing to hook up your Mama, every good son/daughter should do that (if my kids are reading this).  But he went beyond that.

He liked to move in an outsized entourage; his mother estimates that, during his playing days, he was supporting 70 friends and family members in one way or another.

Boston Globe, “For Walker Financial Fouls Mount” 25Oct09

That’s 62 more people than comedian Eddie Griffin is supporting and Griffin at least got a TV deal out of it.  If you missed the show on VH1, Griffin’s show, “Going for Broke”  is about how he supports not only his children and his mother but other relatives who needs “loans” for various business escapades like rap careers but you know they aren’t going to pay the money back.  From the shows I’ve seen almost every one starts with Griffin arguing with his accountant who tries to tell him to get the money back on his investments or declare broke.

The scenarios remind me of when I was younger sitting around with friends making promises that if any of us should ever make it we’d take care of the everyone else.  I just thought it was something that we said, not something that meant total dependency on another adult.  I’m glad (and sad) that some people really do mean it. 

The whole thing sounds like a sad version of my favorite Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  It is a wonderful life for everyone until the bills come due.  But in this story, instead of everyone rallying around to come up with the pennies, nickles, dimes and dollars to get George out of trouble everyone that has been helped is sitting around saying, “Wow, that’s messed up.”

And it really is. 

But one of the best things about this season is the blessings that people find when they realize that it’s better to give than to receive.  Griffin and Walker found that blessing before the holiday season hit, hopefully it’s enough to put them back in the black.


Written by rentec

15 December, 2009 at 6:41 am

Posted in African Americans

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