Thursday, November 5, 2009
Mo' Money Mo' Problems for Antoine
By Jameel Murray
Besides reading of Nicholas Cage squandering his money, there have been numerous reports of celebrities going broke. One recent report has been the unfortunate story of former NBA star Antoine Walker. According to the Boston Globe, Antoine Walker owes over $4million dollars to his creditors. Walker faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted on several felony charges for writing bad checks. Over Walker’s career in the NBA, he earned over $110 million dollars including several endorsement deals. Walker is yet another example of a celebrity who did not manage his money correctly.
According to several sources, Walker was a big spender. He purchased a suit for each game, gambled hundreds of thousands of dollars, and supported 70 friends and relatives. Some also say that Walker’s driveway reflected an auto showroom, filled with Bentleys and other luxurious cars. Walker also picked up the tab on several team dinners, increasing the former All Star’s debt by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The reason for Walker’s situation basically is a consequence of Walker not investing his money wisely. Had Walker taken a course or two on financial planning, he may have been able to live the rest of his life out of debt. Because he is extremely out of shape, he may never get a chance to play on an NBA team to pay off some of his debt. Walker’s only other option is to take his game overseas.