MO Money…MO Problems
interesting. he shared EVERYTHING but the ball.
all jokes aside, a pretty sad and all-too-familiar story with athletes that make their way out …they get pulled back in by the people who they trust most
cant say i would/wouldnt do the same thing bc ill never be in that position that he was in, but its gotta be hard to one day wake up and cut these people off that have started living off of you since your rookie contract
How do you go through $150M? Even if he had 100 people looking after him and gave them all $1M, he’d still have $50M.
Jesus christ that’s alot of money. Richard Pryor had a harder time spending less than that in “Brewter’s Millions.”
It’s bad because when u get some money people act like its their money also. He could have gave each 1 of his crew a million but that still wouldn’t be enough. When u have a certain image 2 uphold it’s hard 2 let go of it.
or out of that 100 maybe one of them invested in a successful business and they can live off that guys money?
why would i be sad for a guy who’s ready to spend 860k on jewelry? i’m sad because there is people who bust their ass working as coal miners and yet they make only around 250 dollars a month (in my country, i know there are worse cases all over the world). i know about cases of people living in ruined houses, with kids who have nothing to eat. i feel sad for them. for iverson? not for one second.
OK, to all of you that don’t understand the economics here, take about 10% of that number (pre-tax but out of his post-tax $$$) to the agents/mgrs, there’s $15.4. Also, chop that # in half since the gov’t takes about 50% in taxes from guys at that level. We’re left with about $60M. Still a staggering amount of $$$ to blow through, but def not the same as $100M+ This is a sad day. I’m guessing he thought he had one more NBA payday left and didn’t think it’d be possible he’d be blacklisted like he has been, albeit due to his own faults and bad decisions.
Can’t act like it was all “posse” and shit that got him like this. When he was in Detroit, he’d have some of the local casinos here ON LOCK. The guy would have the entire high roller area to himself, that ain’t cheap and that ain’t no one but him.
The sad thing here is that AI might go down as one of the biggest wastes of talent ever. The guy DID have the court vision and skills to be one of the greatest point guards ever in history, but instead he went out as probably one of the most inefficient, selfish and boneheaded ones. As mentioned in Smack, he probably had one of the most negative impacts for basketball in general, with his retarded, selfish and inefficient style of play becoming popular with idiots.
I don’t feel even one ounce sorry for this guy, he had shit that people only dream of, had the life that anyone would envy…and HE fucked it up. Sorry bout your luck buddy, fuck you and peace.
He may have made $154M in salary, but just like the rest of us (and even more because of his higher earnings) probably half of that was taken for taxes. Now think about $80M over the last 17 years, that’s only about $4.5M a year. That doesn’t go a long way if you are supporting 20-30 people, and there were probably even more than that.
I see Celts Fan beat me to it. Plus, I didn’t consider the agent’s cut.
If you are paying 50% tax rate in that bracket, you need a whole new accounting team. Anyone who makes over 250k/year has some options that are completely legal, and can get their taxable income down to 15-18% (ask Mitt). Even billionaires pay about 10-20% in taxes, max.
@Control – Just as long as your careful not to end up like Wesley Snipes ^ lmao
@Control – incorrect. Mitt’s tax bracket is that low cuz ALL of his $$$ comes from trust funds or some other BS, only-rich-people-can-afford-this kinda crap, and those are only taxed at that 17% give or take due to some BS tax loophole that’s become a HUGE issue in this campaign. If you’re at that level as actual job earnings, you’re paying roughly 45% (my dad’s an accountant…)
what does “commandeer” mean?
^^^Stop acting like you don’t have google^^^
A.I. coulda still been in the league if he hadn’t burned all his bridges, completely his own fault.
@PeeJay – I agree completely, and dude was a huuuuuuuuge jerk to my buddy when we met him in AC, but still. His game was not built to win at all, but he was the most entertaining act in sports for a long, long time. You simply didn’t turn the channel when he was at his peak out of fear you’d miss something. Whatever the circumstances, it’s sad.
We gotta look out for A.I., whenever they say a black celebrity is broke and doin drugs they always end up dying just like Whitney, Michael, etc.
But also I thought A.I. had a lifetime deal with Reebok, shouldnt he still be getting money every year from them?
@Peejay, Someone can correct me if I’m wrong but I think lifetime deal is a misnomer. It just means a longtime deal. I want to say those deals are 10-years.
T-Mac being out of the spotlight isn’t going to be paid huge gobs of money for life by Adidas.
@ First & Foremost but they’re still selling his shoes and using his name so I’m pretty sure he still has some kind of contract with Reebok.
And if it is based on sales, reports of AI being broke re fitting. The NBA gave him a platform to broadcast himself to markets worldwide. Since he stepped/got pushed out of the spotlight, whatever his deal was has to be running out soon. He isn’t the draw he once was. THey might pay him maybe in the high 5 figures for a marketing spot, poster, cardboard cut out, but Reebok has a new face.
Whatever the case may be, I hope its not true. It’s hard to see someone you emulated as a kid become the real life Kenny Powers
I don’t even feel bad for him at all. You got dudes clowning Sheed for driving a Bronco around, but you got dudes burning through cash like Joe Johnson. OK, about $150 – 15% for the agent is about $23, say 30% for taxes on the $150 is another $45. So he actually took home $150 – $68 = $82 million. He spent over a mil on jewelry!!! Dude was blowing through cash.
@big island – joe Johnson’s broke???
This is not the first time Allen was in trouble. I use to work for the law firm that represnted him back in the 90’s and it was almost an identical story about the car impounded (when I first heard any of this going down in Atlanta over the car, I thought “here we go again”) and the jewlery bill..almost identical. One day one of the lawyers put the jewelry on that Allen had dropped off to pay for his bill since he was broke then. Yes, big bling. There was a “comeback” for him to make then, but yes, that was then, when he was younger. It was about playing ball and doing what you wanted to do APPARENTLY, more than the money. His life. Just in my personal opinion, and my dad’s, who is no longer with us: these very talented players are given ridiculous amounts of money/contracts anyway. It has gotten really nuts. What does anyone expect???
Celts Fan – Not that I know of, but he spends a ton. He seems like he stays out of the big party scene though so he should be good.
I have seen AI over the past 3 years living in Atl GA…more specific the hotels in Buckhead with his posse. He drives around Buckhead in his grey Lamborghini or black maybach dining out at the finest restaurants and dragging his posse with him.
He has been kicked out of 2 hotels that I know of an never allowed back.
He lives a sad life and even though he has his posse he is lonely and only has his daughter to live for.
It’s really sad to see this actually happen in front of you especially wen you idolized the dude for years.
Good luck to AI
sadly no surprise
Damn…..questionable decision-making financially but i wont judge. Still rooting for you tho AI, thanx for ’01.
This is really sad. I’m a huge AI fan and can’t believe this is out this is ending…To the guys talking about taxes etc. How can you say he ended up with “only” 50 mil or so. ONLY 50 mil?? That’s still a A LOT of money, and anyone with any sense should not end up broke after having so much money.
can’t remember about which nba player was this story i read was about, but it was fine example of how broke they can get really fast after only few years of nba. anyway, guy explained how he used to buy cars, bling, houses, paid everything for friends and family and only couple years after he retired he was broke. after few years of working hard (college diploma helped him) he bounced back in a way that he was able to live decent life, like rest of us i guess. guy used to live in his car for some time.
it seems that after so many cases of players being broke after nba is done (antoine walker anyone?) players still refuse to think what they are doing with their money.
one more example of how players can be stupid when it comes to money. gilbert arenas took a loan to buy some fancy car before draft, because he thought he will end up in first round. he got in second and he was in deep trouble over that car.
This is even worse when you realize that the 154 mill doesn’t even include endorsement money…
not surprised at all…his ego was the size of the US alone…remember….we talkin bout “practice”…
the sad part is this…how many people can barely afford to live…cant afford a decent meal per day…and you have people like this spending a million dollars on jewellery…sad…really sad!!!
give it a few more years…he isnt the first…and definitely wont be the last…
these “role models” just dont learn!!! they live in some sort of dream world…
Allen Iverson: Incredible hooper. Equally poor manager of money.
he made way more than this. i know for a fact that he made at least 75mill from reebok on top of his NBA money and a few million more in appearances, camps and hosting night parties over 10+ years (all which was mostly untaxed). add another few mill fom trading card companies and smaller endorsements +NBA licensing checks and after taxes he cleared at least 100 mill. what a loser. hes not even 40 yet and he is already washed up and broke.
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