Chris McAlister broke, living with parents, can’t pay child support

AP

Former Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister made tens of millions of dollars in his NFL career, but he now says that he’s so broke he can’t afford to take care of himself or his child.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, McAlister wrote, “I have been unemployed since 2009. I have no income. . . . I live in my parent’s home. My parents provide me with my basic living expenses as I do not have the funds to do so.”

McAlister is asking the court to lower his $11,000 a month child support obligation to his ex-wife.

In 1999, McAlister was selected by the Ravens with the 10th overall pick in the draft. After playing out his rookie contract, McAlister signed a seven-year, $55 million extension in 2004. McAlister played five years on that contract before being released, then played briefly with the Saints before retiring.

166 responses to “Chris McAlister broke, living with parents, can’t pay child support

  1. I once rode up an elevator with Chris McAlister (January 2001, in a Nashville hotel, 2 days before Ravens beat Titans in AFC Title game). The one thing I remember was the massive diamond earings and rock hanging around his neck. Weird…

  2. So he pissed all his money away. Or maybe some unscrupulous banker made bad investments. $11,000 a month child support??? How many kids does she have? Ten? That’s just crazy. Go cry somewhere else.

  3. Aww…poor baby. I feel SO sorry for someone who blew thru nearly $40M in the last seven years. We should all take up a fund and help out this poor, desperate man.

  4. Man, I really feel bad for guys that end up this way.

    I dont know why, because its their own foolishness that usually lets them end up this way. But still…he should have a fully paid for college degree, and the ability to use his name alone to generate money. And somehow, he is living in his moms basement.

    But he became so dependent on being rich, that he has no idea how to even have an actual budget, or get a real job.

    Then you see guys like Nnamdi, who drives a 97 Nissan Maxima with a ripped drivers seat and torn armrest.

    I wonder if teams hiring financial planners for some of these kids would curb these stories at all

  5. Now, I can understand making mistakes and pissing away money, but he had to have gone to college. He should be able to easily find a job.

  6. Unfortunately this is becoming all to common. These talented athletes have been pushed along through school since their athletic talent became evident and they were stars from grade school, through junior high, high school, and college. A lot of these players are ignorant, not stupid, they lack common sense, they fail to seperate themselves from those sycophant losers from back in their hometowns and get used till the money runs out. They are consumed with their image and making themselves a “brand” and when the money runs out, it’s followed by the women and blood suckers who were there for the free ride. At some point these “adults?” must make grown up decisions to live their lives respsonsibly and not having birthday parties for themsleves that have to be a media event held in South Beach or Vegas or making sure their custom made bling is bigger and has more diamonds than the last guy. They must come to the realization that owning an Italian sports car that can go 200 mph in a country where the top speed limit is 70 mph is just stupid. They may have been failed by their teachers and coaches to prepare themselves for life after sports, but at some point they have to grow up and take resonsibility for their own lives.

  7. “My parents provide me with my basic living expenses as I do not have the funds to do so.”

    Bombo says what!?

  8. McAlister’s current situation comes as no surprise top me. He once became utterly enraged over a routine flight delay in Las Vegas. Before they calmed him down he had spat in the face of a female airline employee. One of the worst guys to ever play in the League and that’s saying something.

    Many of the athletes who are idolized to the point of hero worship on this site will find themselves in similar curcumstances down the road. They will be treated with similar derision by their former fans.

  9. I get that he wasted his millions, as crazy as that is. But why cant he get a non football job, its been two years.

    The 11,000 a month child support is ridiculous, no matter how much he makes.

  10. one of the best occupations has to be the estranged babymama of a star athletes child. $11K a month in child support? it seems like a program destined to bankrupt the father. not that I’m crying on McAlister’s behalf, but the system is effed.

  11. No sympathy here. If these guys are to stupid to figure out that an NFL career is not a 40 year proposition. Maybe take a couple of million and stick it the bank, or a bond account. Imagine how his parents feel.

  12. I always had respect for players like ex-bear Neal Anderson. He planned for retirement after football WHILE STILL PLAYING. He wanted to be secure when he was done playing so he lived within his means and is now reaping the benefits.

  13. He should have gotten a reduction in child support as soon as he retired. He has no one to blame but himself for his financial difficulties. I’m sure he didn’t get a legitimate college education. I fill for these college football players used by these colleges who spend almost every waking moment practicing working out and never make it to professional sports yet miraculously pass their classes. This guy made it. He only has himself to blame for his current financial condition.

  14. well, thank god we have the rookie symposium now. I’m sure that will put an end to all this squandering.

    They should have a breakout session entitled “Rims: Why you don’t need them”

  15. Usually, I hear that the Ravens, the NFLPA and the league have a very strong programs for advising players on finances and planning for the future. It would be interesting for someone to ask the Ravens about CMac’s participation in this advice program, if he participated at all. Given his personality and behavior both on and off the field, I would not be suprised if he had completely opted out and ignored their advice.

  16. this is crazy. i understood Vick’s financial issues, but i dont understand McAlister’s. guys like McAlister, Brunell and JaMarcus Russell should have enough money, yet, they either dont or file for bankruptcy. now if i hear that Russell had to pay the Raider’s back then i understand, but as far as i heard he didnt and had at least 38 million. it’s called not spending too much and going crazy.

  17. He blew through 40 million?????

    I don’t think I could do that if I tried.

    Living with Mom and Dad after earning 40 million??? Didn’t THEY have the sense to see him blowing so much and tell him to bank a couple mill???

    From a couple of other posters, this guy sounds like a first-class a hole anyway.

  18. @Bostonbias Huh??? What does his bad money management skills have to to with the Ravens??? Someone still a little bitter over that home playoff beatdown to those Ravens. Ignorance is bliss you clown.

  19. I hated that POS when he played ,and hate em even more now for crying about how he’s broke when he’s made over 60 mill…in 10 years time its all gone.what a F’up

  20. Child support is based on the parents’ income. If daddy is rich, kid gets to live up to dad’s lifestyle. Now, babymamma should be investing that money wisely for the kid’s future, but let’s not get carried away here.

    On the other hand, what has he been doing for the last two years? If he has not even applied for any non-football jobs, the judge will not be amused. Get a J.O.B. dude. Do whatever, work at McDonald’s, sell Amway, hell, sell Avon if you have to. But get a J.O.B.

  21. “Former Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister made tens of millions of dollars in his NFL career…”

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    Do you know that for a fact? Have access to his IRS returns for those years? My guess is that between agent fees and tax obligations he made much less.

    Not that the amount he did make was unsubstantial and he should have had a better plan for a life after football. I’d love to know who his agents/managers were and who they represent in the NFL now.

  22. i love how some of you losers turn this to a “this doesnt happen to pittsburgh” (actually they just employee rapists who marry to protect their fragile image), we have 6 titles – casue that is relevant;it only happens to Ravens (really?) and waiting for some jack ass to trash the jets (whom i hate but this doesnt concern them)

    on to the story- this is a sad truth that befalls our education system…instead of forcing students to learn about 1400 century Mongolia, they should force basic financial information. I mean very basic like balancing checkbooks and theories about how if u spend more than u have, you will run out.. nothing to indepth but all kids should have some knowledge of debt and the like…..
    that being said as well, to lose 50 million dollars is pure negligence.

  23. I have no sympathy for this guy……he squandered what he had and has no one to blame but himself.

    But I can tell you this……if I had received $55M when I was 23 or 24 I’d be dead in a ditch right now, living with my parents if I was lucky.

  24. offkiltereagle says: Sep 15, 2011 9:32 AM

    I bet he now goes to the scrip clubs and makes it hail by throwing pennies………………………………………………………………..

    now that’s fn funny..

  25. @mustbejealous

    You’re absolutely right…we need more upstanding citizens like your steelers…serial rapists, public supporters for terrorists, people like that.

    God I actually liked the steelers until this site exposed just how pathetic their fans are

  26. If he is really broke how is a reduction in child support going to help? Do you think that if the court even cut it in half he’d be able to pay it? And if he can then he’s not broke…even $5k a month is a lot of money.

    Here is what I think is going on…mom and dad are taking care of the money and the son is claiming to be broke to lower child support and get out of paying bills…which I don’t blame him about child support that is too much for anyone to pay for child support, unless half of it is being put into a college or trust fund or something and not being blown by the mother.

  27. From his wikipedia entry:

    In 1996, Chris McAlister was convicted of theft. In 2003, he was charged with drunk driving and he also showed up at the Baltimore Ravens’ headquarters drunk. in 2010, he allegedly booted his wife from his house after she refused to have an abortion.

    Guy sounds like a real piece of work, enjoy playing xbox in the basement scumbag.

  28. @clintonportishead

    Good point, who was his agent? He wasn’t looking out for him. Just cashing the checks and probably took a little more because Mcallister isn’t too bright.

  29. I have no sympathy for overpaid athletes that blow their money on stupid stuff, such as mansions, exotic cars, expensive jewelry, etc. When people that protect us – such as police officers and firemen – have to do so for little or no pay and take 2nd jobs to make ends-meet, why would I have any sympathy for someone that makes 10s of millions of dollars for playing a game for a few years of their life?

  30. mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 9:27 AM
    LOLZ! Oh how I love my Steelers.

    Given comments like that is why the rest of us wonder about you steeler fans and how you see the REAL world…..

  31. As someone who actually attended many of the same parties this guy did(I was in college at the time)… I can say he’s a genuinely nice guy. But he partied way too hard and too often, partied out in the public where pretty much any Baltimore regular would be able to see him(if twitter/facebook/smartphones were more widespread back then he woulda been crucified), and he spent money like it was air.

    He would probably have been considered for hall-of-fame if he wasn’t playing the last couple years of his career hungover or in a weed-induced coma.

  32. I don’t see what all the fuss is about. He’s getting an allowance from mom and dad instead of sucking at the welfare teet. As far as his spending, he was just doing his part to help stimulate the economy, more notably in the alcohol, automotive, and jewelry industry. You guys call it stupid, I call it patriotic. Well done McAlister!

    PS Join Carl Eller and the rest of the (financially irresponsible) retired NFL players and go get you some cash-money playa.

  33. Boy, I’m sure his parents are so proud to see what an amazing idiot he has become…back home living with them after making millions.

    Just doesn’t get much more stupid than that.

  34. What an idiot ! Even if he received $20M in guaranteed money from the $55M contract then @ $11K per month child support (although this is an attrocious payment amount, who’s she raising the “Golden Child” ??), the annual payment would have been $132K per year ! Hell, he could have Pre-Paid 10 years and STILL would have $18,680,000 to play with !!! WTF ??? This isn’t a money manager’s fault, hell i doubt he even used one. McAllister is a victim of his OWN ignorance.

  35. You got to learn the difference between guns and butter. What are the guns? That’s the real estate…the stocks and bonds. Art work. Stuff that appreciates with value. What’s the butter?
    Cars, clothes, jewellery, all that other stuff that don’t mean nothing after you buy it.That’s what it’s all about: Guns and butter baby!

  36. McAlister is asking the court to lower his $11,000 a month child support obligation to his ex-wife.

    Another thing incredibly wrong with our legal system. No person, man or women, should ever have to pay $11k/mo for child support, no matter how much money you were/are earning. Unless the kid has some disability, no child is eating $11k worth of food or should be spending $11k worth of clothes per month. Insane.

  37. Everybody who is complaining about his $11,000 a month child support should realize this…although excessive to some, this guy signed a 7 year-55 million dollar contract…in which he played 5 years of. He probably made $40 million of it. All he had to do was put $1.2 million into a bank account and with interest compounded monthly he would have paid for the child and the childs college and then some. He made 40 million in 5 years and was only being asked to pay 3% of that to his child over 18 years. I know alot more percentage wise of my salary goes to my children. What an Idiot this guy is!!!!!

  38. edit: disability would require medical bills and that could expensive, not that a disability itself would make it so the kid needed to eat a lot of food or buy clothes.

    McAlister is asking the court to lower his $11,000 a month child support obligation to his ex-wife.

    Another thing incredibly wrong with our legal system. No person, man or women, should ever have to pay $11k/mo for child support, no matter how much money you were/are earning. Unless the kid has some disability, no child is eating $11k worth of food or should be spending $11k worth of clothes per month. Insane.

  39. Anyone who sympathises with this idiot should jump off the first bridge they see. This is reality not your fantasy or reality tv. It takes a moron of epic proportions to piss away 35 + millions in a matter of 10 years.

  40. The reason this is a story is too be able to convince the court that he shouldnt pay 11,000 a month. As soon as it is lowered..it sticks for three years. Of course it leaked….Must be a court case coming up. Hes an idiot though…and I hope he has several children bc that is alot of money for his exwife or gf to sit around and collect…it makes me mad on so many fronts. Sometimes rich people dont shower their children or spouses with money. They sit on it. I get angry when the courts dictate what amount you pay bc its how much you make. What if you were still together? would you still put out that much money?

  41. How is that much needed for “Support”?? Can only imagine what type of money management skills his kid(s) will have learned after being pampered by an absurd amount of free cash. Will end up hurting his future rather than helping in the long run.

  42. Just Sayin…

    “In 1996, Chris McAlister was convicted of theft. In 2003, he was charged with drunk driving and he also showed up at the Baltimore Ravens’ headquarters drunk. In 2010, he allegedly booted his wife from his house after she refused to have an abortion. He has also blown up several times on the field as well.”

  43. The guy’s not an invalid, so why is he living in his parent’s house without a job? No sympathy for the guy from me.

  44. It’s McAlister’s own fault for making bad financial decisions that he is broke, yes, absolutely. But $132k a year in child support? Is that for just one kid? Seems like an example of the system being broken. Obviously he should have been paying substantially more than a dad who’s making $15/hour. But not $132k a year. He’s supposed to provide for the kid’s housing, food, education, basic needs. Not for the mother’s lifestyle.

  45. Hey, why not get a job with your college degree, file for bankruptcy after you try to settle your debts, then continue with your life, instead of being a lazy 40yr old living in their parent’s basement… Why do we have so many idiots in this world?

  46. I dont know why people are always surprised at these situations… just because they have millions doesnt mean they are gonna be good with money ..
    all money does is amplify what you already have ..
    if you were bad with money in college or as a youth .. u will be bad with money as an adult with millions.. u just have more money to do worst things with ..
    u let me get a nfl contract .. I would retire after 2 seasons .. and be set for life

  47. I feel for him! The child support system needs to be revised. There’s no way his ex-wife deserves $11,000 a month. Especially since he hasn’t played since 2009. Child please!

  48. joetoronto says:
    Sep 15, 2011 9:35 AM
    Who here is for an I.P. ban of mustbejealousof6?

    ——————–
    1000x’s yes please.

  49. Memo to any women who divorce an NFL player:

    Take the lump sum payment.
    Do not take monthly stipends.

    That is all.

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    lol

    treat it like the lottery it is. Every time I buy a lottery ticket, I go for the lump sum

  50. Do you know that for a fact? Have access to his IRS returns for those years? My guess is that between agent fees and tax obligations he made much less.

    Not that the amount he did make was unsubstantial and he should have had a better plan for a life after football. I’d love to know who his agents/managers were and who they represent in the NFL now.

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    It has been estimated that he made a total of $40 million over his career, based on his contract numbers. After taxes and 10% agent fees, lawyers, accountants, etc…he should have still brought home over 10 million easily.

  51. No kid on the face of this earth needs 132k a year

    That’s whats wrong with the country they put that thing on a pedastool

  52. While I agree in some respects that they are ignorant and not completely stupid when it comes to how they are supposed to treat their money, I find it hard with all the help the NFL is providing them (financial advice, fee planners, etc) To give them ANY slack for being broke. The like 5th poster had it more accurate, more and more of these athletes waste more money on stupid jewlery than anything else. Dez Bryant anyone?

  53. Why is anyone surprised? Pro athletes are paid to perform not think. No coaches or teams are after them for the financial smarts. Many of these athletes are just plain stupid. Many only sailed through college, or some portion thereof, due to their athletic ability bringing the schools money. Make the schools money and they will make sure your grades keep you eligible to keep playing. What happens when the schools and professional associations no longer need your ability? You have a bunch of Chris McAllisters; broke and undereducated

  54. Looks like he didn’t take advantage of that college education that would have taught him how to invest and save.

    401k who? Mutual Fund what?

  55. Notice his career spanned the Bush Administration, during which African-American young men were the constant victims of discrimination and policies designed to keep them down. Now, we have a recession that forces millions of people, even ex-football players, to move home with their parents yet everyone wants to blame the black President for it all, despite all of this being caused by Bush. Hmmm, I wonder why people instantly blame the black President.

  56. Looks like the Crack Baby Athletic Association did yet another impeccable job of preparing its student athletes for the real world!

  57. And I’m supposed to feel bad about this why??? What a joke… I couldn’t care less about this hood rat and the others like him who waste the benefits of God’s bestowment of pure atheletic talent and ability. I bet now he wishes he had focused a little bit more on schooling… 1+1 is 2… $55 mil+a retard=priceless. Good luck bitches…

  58. @nanner12wojo :

    I thought I went to the AFC title game and saw the Raiders lose to the Ravens that year………..I must be confused.

  59. From being one of the best cover guys to a guy who can’t cover his own rent…

    Sadly, this is just one situation that we actually know about with athletes. There are thousands.

    Hall of Famer Mike Webster was living in his car before he died, and former pitching sensation, JR Richard was living under a bridge.

  60. I had the opportunity to hang out with CMac awhile back. He was a nice guy and, unless you knew who he was, couldn’t tell that he was a pro athlete. (He was dressed in grey sweats and a white t-shirt.) My boss also ran into him at an airport bar and also had nice things to say about him.

    That beings said, there were rumors flying around that McAllister had a serious drinking problem which eventually lead to his release from the Ravens.

    And how anyone can squander the probably $20M+ he probably cleared during his career is mind-boggling.

  61. realitypolice says:
    Sep 15, 2011 10:42 AM
    $132,000 a year for having a child with an NFL football player.

    Not exactly skilled labor.
    ___________________________________

    Depends on how “skilled” she was.

  62. I love all of the armchair financial advisors in here. Like you know exactly how you would act with millions of dollars in your bank account. Don’t give advice about a situation that you have never been through.

    In the end, of course this is ridiculous and he definitely shouldn’t be in this situation. But to judge him about something that you’ve never lived, that’s also ridiculous.

  63. @briang123 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 11:41 AM
    Notice his career spanned the Bush Administration, during which African-American young men were the constant victims of discrimination and policies designed to keep them down. Now, we have a recession that forces millions of people, even ex-football players, to move home with their parents yet everyone wants to blame the black President for it all, despite all of this being caused by Bush. Hmmm, I wonder why people instantly blame the black President.
    ===================================

    WTH? Sarcasm maybe? Really?

    Were you in the entourage idiot?

  64. I hope that during the hearing, the judge asks the mother how much of the 132k per year that she is getting has been put in the bank for the child’s future since that is obviously far more than is required for the day to day care of the child and that is the only thing she is supposed to be spending the money on.

    That should make for an awkward moment.

  65. for people to make jokes about someone being broke is just wrong so he did not manage his money properly; look at wall street and all the people who lost their pension because companies went under and messed them over look at docotrs lawyers all kinds of rich people who lost everything because they had it invested in the stock market and it went under; no this is no laughing matter and people who are making jokes about it are really depressed about their lives and are compinsating for it by hiding behind jokes about others having misfortunes. If he does not have 11,000 a month to pay then he does not have it and it should be lowered you people writing these terrible things need to let God into your life and no I do not mean go to church I mean your individual relationship with God with your eyes closed and speaking to God is silence with your mind.

  66. purplekoolaid1 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 11:56 AM
    I love all of the armchair financial advisors in here. Like you know exactly how you would act with millions of dollars in your bank account. Don’t give advice about a situation that you have never been through.
    ======================

    Actually, every single one of us is in this situation.

    We all earn a certain amount of money and have to figure out the best way to live on it without going broke.

    He chose to blow every dime of his money the second he earned it.

    That’s a stupid decision whether you make $10,000 or $10,000,000.

    I don’t stupidly blow all of my money now, so what reason would I have to believe I would do it if I had more?

  67. How does that happen?

    Take the signing bonus alone and buy a few properties and get an annuity and you are basically set for life. This is just pure irresponsibility. So disappointing…

  68. This makes me think of Carson Palmer – when he asked the Bengals to trade him he said if they didn’t that he would retire because he was financially secure for the rest of his life.

    Other side of the coin

  69. after i finish my MBA next year i think i will start a business, being a business manager for athletes…. this is an open market that clearly needs to be tapped.

  70. It costs $11,000 a month to raise a child?? America and its absurd child support racket are just shameful. Being a father in the United Police State of America means always being an argument with your wife away from being a criminal. yeesh.

  71. The NFL does not or should not waste their money on financial planners for grown men.

    Easy fix: Place a bowl of Magnums outside the locker room. Problem solved.

  72. briang123: re – your 11:41

    When bo took the oath:

    unemployment was at 7.3%. Now it’s 9.1% – +25%
    gas cost $1.83 – now its more than double
    the national debt was under 10 trillion – now it’s up 35% and climbing.
    Source – Meet The Press June 12, 2011.

    For two years the democrats had a political perfect storm – a democrat in the White House, a democratic House, a virtually veto-proof Democratic Senate (not to mention an alum of SNL in there) and an embarrassingly friendly press. When the $800,000,000,000 stimulus bill was passed in 2009 the Democrats basically took charge of things, so whatever has happened is THEIR responsibility, no matter how hard they spin it, and those dudes can SPIN.

    Your (tired, old, boring & predictable) charges of racism – we white folks lost the monopoly on racism long ago.

    Let me put it this way and see if you can understand it – In 50 years this country has gone from Bull Connor to Barack Obama.

    Do you even know who Bull Connor is?

  73. It hurts me to see a fellow athlete not properly prepare for their financial future.

    Regards,
    David Akers and The Detmers

  74. I love all of the armchair financial advisors in here. Like you know exactly how you would act with millions of dollars in your bank account. Don’t give advice about a situation that you have never been through.

    In the end, of course this is ridiculous and he definitely shouldn’t be in this situation. But to judge him about something that you’ve never lived, that’s also ridiculous.
    ———————————————–
    YEA!

    Tiki, is that you?

  75. This is what they mean by a damned shame. This is a damned shame. Pathetic. It really is. I could never squander that much money. But neither I or my wife believe in jewelry (I only own a plain gold wedding band and a Citizen Eco Drive watch that I got on discount) and we believe that diamonds are just pretty rocks. We don’t bother keeping up with the Joneses and she drives a Hyundai and I drive a Kia.

    This situation is sad.

  76. You guys are crazy if you think hes broke!

    His parents bank account probably has 20 mil+ in it and he is just trying to get his child support reduced to a few hundred a month!

  77. Give him a break people. The poor guy has been unemployed for two years. How long do you think $55 million last these days.

  78. The first stop that these players should make after signing their multi-million dollar contract is to the urologist to have a vasectomy.

    Heck why not sign the contract on the doctor’s table, just to make sure there are no accidents.

    Why would you put your self in position to have to pay 11k a month this is ridiculous.

  79. To a certain extent, I can understand the financial irresponsibility of some of these players. Many of them are handed millions of dollars at a very young age. What I don’t understand is how can you spend that kind of money and have so little to show for it that you can’t even pawn or sell something to make ends meet. At the bare minimum, I’d have a home and a few cars paid off. And it would be at this point where my jewelry and super high-end electronics becomes very expendable.

  80. So you mean to tell me a guy who was a pretty darn good player, who’s in his mid-30’s can’t start a coaching career at a High School or Small College and work his way up from there?

    Or heck, even get a TV job, it’s not like he has to speak well (Hi Emmitt & Eric Dickerson).

  81. And if this guy is paying $11k for a kid or two with an ex-wife, I’d hate to see Antonio Cromartie’s bill for his baby batter donations.

  82. CMAC is smarter than nearly all who posted here. Only 2 or 3 people have recognized that THIS IS A RUSE (and a very well played ruse at that).

    CMAC ain’t broke. His money is well hidden. He’s playing the game correctly so the judge will lower his child support.

    Once the judge hooks him up, he won’t be living with his parents anymore. He isn’t broke now and as soon as the coast is clear, he’ll be back to livin’ large again.

  83. So, not only did he knock up who knows how many chicks, and squander tens of millions of dollars (rendering him unable to pay the child support)…..but also, during his tenure in the NFL, he apparently made NO friends that can help him out financially during this time??? It’s hard to feel sorry for a man like that….but I almost do.

  84. The real story here is the family court system within the United States, and it’s abuse and exploitation of a father’s reproductive and parenting rights.

    McAlister, regardless of his NFL team affiliation, regardless of his alleged ‘party habits,’ has received the same treatment that numerous American fathers receive in family court.

    What may happen:
    – It’ll most likely be months before he gets a court date;
    – The judge may or may not rule from the bench;
    – McAlister may get locked up prior to the court date for failure to pay child support.

    Ridiculous.

    $11,000 a month?!? For those of you who stated he should get a job, what job pays $11,000 a month? Oh, NFL player, or course.

    Even if McAlister had invested wisely, spent less, etc., as soon as his career was over he should have petitioned to reduce his child support obligations, however, half of the time the court believes that if you’ve made that type of income, then you can always make that type of income, regardless of diminished skill set, loss of job, recession, or the Commander in Chief is a democrat.

    What this really is a story of is the grotesque nature of family law, the U.S. family court system, and a father’s parenting and reproductive rights being abused.

  85. What an idiot. Absolute retard. Borderline at least.

    How does someone with that much talent end up being such a joke of himself? Can’t get a job? Please – coach a camp, coach on a team, work at WalMart – whatever.

    Anyone over 30 who STILL lives with their parents is a total failure at life.

    Anyone who signed a $55 MM deal and is over 30 and living with their parents = biggest POS ever.

    I wonder what he is doing with his college degree?

  86. “Everybody who is complaining about his $11,000 a month child support should realize this…although excessive to some, this guy signed a 7 year-55 million dollar contract…in which he played 5 years of. He probably made $40 million of it. All he had to do was put $1.2 million into a bank account and with interest compounded monthly he would have paid for the child and the childs college and then some. He made 40 million in 5 years and was only being asked to pay 3% of that to his child over 18 years. I know alot more percentage wise of my salary goes to my children. What an Idiot this guy is!!!!!”

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    Funny, all your “math” neglected taxes, agent fees, and of course, the child support he is supposed to be paying. He likely made about half of that $40 million, which is still a lot of money, but it’s not as much as you make it out to be.

    And $1.2 million in the bank should take care of his kid at that rate? Seriously? $11k a month is $132k a year. $132k is 13.2% of a $1 million. What savings account do you know of with a return of %13.2%? $1.2 million in the bank would last just over 9 years with that kind of payout in child support, and you would gain maybe an extra year to year and a half with interest. And $1.2 million is more than 3% of his gross income. And that is just CHILD SUPPORT, it does not cover the money that he actually pays out of pocket for his kids while they are in his custody.

    Personally, I do not support Child Support the way it is today. I do believe that the parents should take financial responsibility for their children, but I do not beleive that either parent should have to just hand over money to the other and hope that it is used for their children. How about having him pay for insurance, all of the kids’ education expenses and making sure the kids have clothes and other stuff like that. No way his ex-wife should be getting a check for $11,000 every month. If his ex is spending money on the kids that she thinks he should be spending, she should produce receipts.

    His (mis-)management of his money is completely irrelevant. This article is about him asking for his child support to be lowered. In my opinion, it should never have been so high to begin with. His kids don’t cost more money to raise just because he makes more money. They don’t eat $11,000 worth of food. Their school activities do not cost $11,000. Yeah, he makes enough money to spoil his kids, but that should be decided by him, not the courts. And, giving $11,000 to his ex-wife does not necessarily mean that the money is being spent on the kids. As far as I am concerned, if he did actually pay $11,000 a month for the last 7 years, if he only has one or two kids he is supporting, he shouldn’t have to pay another dime in child support (but he should obviously still pay for stuff while his kids are in his custody).

  87. I have the feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of ex pro football players who once were making the big bucks are now going broke.
    Recently there have been stories of SB winners now having to sell they’re rings.
    They should be more responsible with their money if they don’t want to become broke later on.
    It really does pay off to live frugally.

  88. “spending is not the problem. he just didn’t have enough revenue. He just needed bigger contracts, and he never would have spent too much. you can never spend too much. I have a feeling race is a factor. Mcalister just is feeling the effects of the Bush administration.”

    -Every single democrat in existence

  89. Let’s all hope all the “Baby-Mamma’s” were smart enough to hire accountants …

    D@mn, I think I found my next career! 🙂

    I don’t feel one bit sorry for guys dumb enough to squander millions … but I sure do feel bad for all of these fatherless kids … money or not (and yes $11k a month is outrageous – that should be while employed and to a certain percentage of gross income)

  90. Eleven large a month? Really? For one kid? That’s the most outrageous aspect of this story.

    I don’t care whether he has it or not.

  91. I don’t have much sympathy for McAlister — he’s a grown-up who made his own (bad) decisions. I also don’t have the mockery or contempt for him that others seem to have.

    He made bad financial decisions. He wasted a lot of money. So does virtually every lottery winner. So do millions of other people making far less. The only reason a lot of folks haven’t wasted $40 million is because they don’t a talent that pays that much.

    This isn’t an “athletes these days…” story. It’s a story about human nature. Pro athletes are just as human as the rest of us.

  92. ahhh McAlister,,,the guy who showed up with two women around his arms wearing a track suit for Harbaugh’s first preseason game….Harbs just set the prescedent to require players to dress up,,,,but here comes Mr Hollywood….well, look atcha now Chris…..it got real, huh ?

  93. The perception that all lottery winners wind up broke is inaccurate. The actual percentage of lottery winners who wind up in financial difficulty is more like 20%.

  94. Parents must live in Baltimore, because I saw him at the Ravens/Steelers game, high fiving as he walked through our section. Too broke to support your kids, too broke to travel usually.

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