Chidi Ahanotu, a defensive end who spent 12 years in the NFL, was ordered to surrender a ring he received for winning the NFC Championship with the 2001 Rams after a legal action taken by his ex-wife.
“This court system is a farce,” Ahanotu said. “This court wants a man to hand over his once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment to pay some damn attorney’s fees? I could see if it was going to pay something for my children or my ex-wife.”
Ahanotu tried to claim the ring was no longer his because he had given it to his brother, but the judge didn’t buy it. Ahanotu said in September that he couldn’t afford the $130,000 in legal fees that he owes over a custody battle with his ex-wife.
“I don’t have $130,000,” Ahanotu said. “It’s been a long time since I played in the NFL.”
By “a long time,” Ahanotu means six years. Ahanotu is one of far too many athletes who make millions in their 20s and 30s and go broke by age 40. Now he’ll either give up the ring or go to jail for contempt of court.