March 23, 2011, - 7:03 pm
The headline of this post really should have read, “So Sad, Too Bad: Locked Out NFL Players Forced to ‘Downsize’ . . . to Mercedes.” ‘Cuz these multimillionaire whiners who are not selling crack in the ‘hood or pumping gas in suburban New Jersey–only because they were accidentally born abnormally big, tall, fast, and strong–are now whining, as I warned you they would. I also predicted that some would run out of cash fast, and one of those I noted, Antonio Cromartie–babydaddy to eight kids with seven women and only in his mid-20s–already began his moaning and bitching before the lockout even started, faulting the players union for halting his steady flow of Benjamins.
Poverty: NFL Players Scott Fujita, Chester Pitts & Willie Colon Struggle to Get Buy in Multi-Millions
Cromartie aside, it’s kind of ridiculous to hear the comments and whines of out-of-touch players, like Seattle Seahawks guard, Chester Pitts, and Cleveland Browns linebacker, Scott Fujita:
The lifestyle for pro football players, particularly the veterans, is a good one. Seahawks guard Chester Pitts, a nine-year veteran, calls it “very comfortable.”
But Pitts notes it also needs to have limitations, more so when the players have no money coming in from the owners because of the labor stalemate.
“The guys in the locker room call me the cheapest guy around,” Pitts said with a laugh, “but you have to be wise with your money. You can live a great life and still be careful and still be smart.
“I tell guys, ‘Why do you need that $250,000 car? A Mercedes is a great car and it’s $85,000. You can afford that on your salary, and what’s that ($250,000) car going to do for you?’ “
Oh, yeah, that’s hard times . . . an $85,000 Mercedes.
Willie Colon didn’t need that advice; he already had decided to stay out of the automotive market this offseason.
The Steelers tackle, who missed the 2010 season with a torn right Achilles’ tendon, had thoughts of purchasing a new car for himself and one for his brother.
“I wanted to buy a car for my brother because his car is beat up,” said Colon, who earned $2.198 million last year. “But I told him this is not the year to make a lot of moves, especially with me being a (restricted) free agent and the lockout.”
Colon, who is single, also said he is eating out less and being responsible with his money, something he admits wasn’t always the case.
Whoa! How the heck does someone live on $2.198 mill for a few months? I don’t know how he does it. Definitely, no new cars. And definitely no meals out at Outback Steakhouse, dude.
“If you are wining and dining every night, try and cut back, go to the grocery store and then stay home and cook. Your lifestyle doesn’t have to take a complete 180, but you need to be concerned because you never know when this lockout will end.”
OMG, an NFL player has to cook to make $2.198 million in ends meet. Now that’s torture worse than Gitmo. How does he do it?! Incredible.
Pitts knows of players who aren’t living as large as they once did, including several who told him their postseason vacations were cut in half or even shelved.
So sad, too bad. And get this, Cleveland Brown player Scott Fujita actually has to pay insurance for his family. I just don’t know how he did it on that paltry $8 million he got up front upon signing his contract. Whatta struggle!
All the players have taken a bit of a financial hit already because of the lockout: NFL teams no longer are paying for their health insurance. Fujita paid $1,900 this month for coverage for his wife and two children. For bigger families, the price is around $2,400 a month.
Yes, Fujita signed a three-year, $14 million free agent contract with Cleveland a year ago, with $8 million guaranteed. He’s also played nine seasons, and the league average is about one-third of that.
Wow, now that’s poverty. By the way, Pitts and Fujita are on the board of the NFL Players Association, their union which was just de-certified.
Did it ever occur to any of these steroid-addled multi-millionaires that at a time when millions of Americans are jobless and homeless, these idiotic comments might sound just a tad insensitive and childish?
Gauche to the Nth.
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