After posting earlier this week an item regarding the current financial predicament of former (for now, perhaps forever) NFL quarterback Vince Young, we saw several references to the fact that he responded to the situation on Twitter. But we (or at least I) decided that it didn’t rise to the level of being post-worthy.
And then I checked the traffic figures, which proved that Vince Young still puts asses in seats, in the web sense.
So here’s what Vince had to say, via a stream of tweets.
“It’s a shame to see people revel in and rally around negativity in the media but I guess it’s to be expected,” Young said. “Yes, I need a job, who doesn’t? Yes, I want to be out there playing the game I love and earning a paycheck, who wouldn’t? We are working to rectify some unfortunate [financial] losses, which stemmed from betrayal by those I trusted most. But these rumors are disheartening and just untrue. I’ll keep pushing through regardless.”
Here’s apparently referring to the “rumors” that he squandered millions, in part by dropping several thousand dollars at a time during visits to places like the Cheesecake Factory and T.G.I.Friday’s. Coupled with Vince’s lawyer summarizing the situation by saying, “I would just say Vince needs a job,” the picture that’s painted is one of a guy who needs greenbacks.
It’s fair for Vince to address the fact that he needs a job by saying, “Who doesn’t?” But the broader point, regardless of how much money he has left, is that Vince shouldn’t. With millions paid out over the past six years, he should have enough put away that he doesn’t need to work.
If he was victimized by those he trusted, that’s unfortunate — and hardly uncommon. The truly trustworthy managers of talent and handlers of money usually don’t swarm around these kids the way the unscrupulous ones do. But if Vince was spending like there’s no tomorrow and he’s now in a tomorrow where he has little left to spend, he has only one person to blame.