Financial stability is a trait most women seek in a partner. Some just want a man with equal pay, others prefer the man be the breadwinner, and then there are some ladies who are are looking for a full lifestyle upgrade courtesy of a well-paid athlete. We call these women groupies.
If we’ve learned one thing from recent headlines surrounding struggling athletes and their ex-wives/girlfriends/baby mamas, its knowing how to handle a ball doesn’t mean knowing how to handle balling. And the women who got with these players thinking it would be all Gucci Bags and Monolo Blahniks from there on out—and dropping a baby or two would seal their financial future—are finding out its actually possible for the well to run dry. Quickly.
Common sense tells me many money mis-managing athletes came before football player Antonio Cromartie, who appears to be on a mission to spread his seed as far across the US as possible; but I think he was the first to sound the I-make-millions-on-the-field-but-can’t-pay-my-child-support-alarm. In March 2010, the Jets had to give this man a $500,000 advance just so he could make outstanding child support payments to his nine children, fathered by eight women, in six states. What happened one month later? Baby number 10 came into the world; three months later, the 27-year-old married the child’s mother. Something tells me a pre-nup wasn’t needed.
Terrell Owens’ financial woes are secret to none. Claiming to make absolutely zero dollars, just a month ago the NFLer filed papers to have child support payments sent to his four baby mamas reduced. He claimed to be keeping up with payments for the women which range from $5,000-$15,000/month, but lawsuits issued for backpay suggest otherwise. With absolutely no income, I’m thinking these women who saw dollar signs at the height of T.O’s career, are thinking there might have been easier ways to make the money that don’t involve court proceedings and TMZ reports.
Allen Iverson is the latest inductee to the famous deadbeat dad club. His high school sweetheart and wife of 10 years, Tawanna, claims ever since she filed for divorce in June, the once-hot hooper stopped depositing money in their joint bank account and then made several large cash withdrawals, including one for $20,000 to purchase diamond jewelry. Now, with an account that’s $23,000 in the red, Tawanna says she can’t pay the bills or provide for their five kids, despite her claim that Allen is worth $20 million.
And then comes Bob Whitfield. Sorry, I-haven’t-paid-child-support-in-four-years-because-my-ex-wife-wears-Gucci-bags, Bob Whitfield. Looking at that man, it’s painfully obvious Sheree married him for the money—the money he used to have anyway. A true example of how the mighty have fallen, rather than take Sheree’s plea for child support payments to heart, he turned around and asked for a pay adjustment, claiming to only make $3,000/month–$3k?! For a $50,000 salary, Sheree could have gotten with a physically attractive man who might have actually had some morals.
While there are a couple of wives and ex-wives in this bunch, what we’re mostly dealing with is men who don’t know how to control their pockets or their penises, and women who see million dollar sports contracts and a ripe uterus as their financial holy grail. In the end, pros lose money, women lose their freedom, and both sides lose self-respect. But as long as there are reality shows waiting to chronicle that rise and fall, I imagine we won’t see any decline in get-knocked-up-by-a-pro-baller trend.