Monday, June 18, 2007

Rison burns out....again

Former NFL and Michigan State receiver Andre Rison faces court-ordered bankruptcy to pay for more than $100,000 in back child support and legal fees. A courtroom deputy for U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Flint, said an order was entered June 6 to put Rison into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Rison's ex-wife, Tonja Rison, is listed as one of the creditors. Her claim is for more than $58,000 in child support. An Atlanta law office is claiming another $46,000 in unpaid legal fees after defending Rison in another child support case with involving an ex-girlfriend.

Rison has yet become another statistic. According to a 2006 USA Today article, 78% of all NFL players are divorced, bankrupt or unemployed two years after leaving the game, according to Ken Ruettgers, a former player and current advocate for NFL players transitioning from professional sports.

It looks like Rison has completed the football loser's lifetime trifecta. But in a way I have to feel sorry for him. It is bad enough to have one baby's momma coming after you, let alone 2. His heart must be aching without Left-Eye Lopez alive to lend him a hand. And by hand I mean to light his house on fire so he can tell the judge he had the cash but it went up in smoke. If I'm lucky enough on EBay next week, my childhood dream will come true - to own a Green Bay Packer's Superbowl ring.

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