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Trent Richardson says greedy friends and family affected his career

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Trent Richardson got a $20.5 million guaranteed contract as the third overall pick of the Browns in the 2012 NFL draft. A lot of that money went to greedy friends and family who Richardson now says were partially responsible for his career going bust.

Richardson said on ESPN’s E:60 that people were so demanding of his money that he would be thinking about it during games, looking up in the box where he’d paid for 40 people to attend the game and thinking about how much money that cost him.

“I’m thinking about this stuff in the game. I’m actually looking up at the box making sure everybody is in there,” Richardson said.

Richardson said that in one 10-month span, friends, family and various hangers-on went through $1.6 million of his money.

“You’d get calls, ‘My car’s going to get repo’d,'” he said. “So you’d give $10,000 this week away. Then someone calls and says ‘I’m going to get evicted.’ Another $10,000 goes out. It adds up.”

The Browns traded Richardson away after a year, and one of the reasons the Browns grew tired of him is that they told him to “Make your circle smaller,” and Richardson didn’t do it.

It was particularly painful to Richardson that when he was traded during his second season, the friends and family who had been living with him in Cleveland all decided that they would move with him to Indianapolis — but none of them would lift a finger to help him pack up his house and move.

“I had to pay people to pack up my house,” he said. “Why I got to pack my house? You all can’t do this? They were saying, ‘He’s got the money, he can just pay to do it.'”

Now Richardson finally has made his circle smaller, including firing his brother from his $100,000 a year personal assistant job. He says he’s not broke, but his life now is “humbling.” After the Browns, Colts, Raiders and Ravens have all sent Richardson packing, there’s a good chance that his NFL career is over. Which means the gravy train is finally over for those greedy friends and family.

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  1. lgw91s says: Aug 6, 2016 5:52 AM

    Be thankful you ever got the money. You certainly never earned it.

  2. thetroofishere says: Aug 6, 2016 6:24 AM

    I hope he hangs on to the money he has and makes sound investments.

    I still think his career panned out the way it did because he telegraphed where the hole/land was before the snap. If he had just got a helmet visor, he would have been okay.

  3. dezno24 says: Aug 6, 2016 6:25 AM

    Sad to see. Didn’t they teach him about all of this at the rookie symposium? Guess he should have been paying better attention and listened. Happened to many times before him and won’t be the last. Can’t blame nobody but himself.

  4. 2016StockMarketCrash says: Aug 6, 2016 6:27 AM

    Unfortunately this happens constantly and most 21 year olds with no fiscal responsibility haven’t learned how to say the word “NO” to the leaches around them however let’s not blame others for being a major draft bust either.

  5. knowspinzone says: Aug 6, 2016 6:29 AM

    That’s a shame. Maybe now that he has shed the lowlifes in his life he can apply himself and get back into football.

  6. dynastyfootballforme says: Aug 6, 2016 6:31 AM

    Yes, Trent is a bust… Yet in his 21-24 year old mind, which had sudden gift, vigor and fame, has left him high and dry from trying to please everyone. Now that the sun has settled on his career, us fans will remember him as a tainted and forever bust… RIP Trent

  7. enigma2742 says: Aug 6, 2016 6:47 AM

    NO regardless of you’re family it doesnt take away from the fact you cant read defenses constantly picking the wrong hole to run through etc

  8. nflrule says: Aug 6, 2016 6:52 AM

    Welcome to Walmart…

  9. nflrule says: Aug 6, 2016 6:53 AM

    Stop blaming your family for being fat and slow to hit the holes..

  10. brandonj21 says: Aug 6, 2016 6:54 AM

    This dude still crying about that ? He blew $20 mil in 4 years ? I don’t feel sorry . The NFL career is pretty much over for him. You are still young , Go back to school , get a degree and a job.

  11. paastahtroy says: Aug 6, 2016 6:54 AM

    He needs to read Dr. Henry Cloud’s book “Boundaries” and learn how to say “No”. It’s not hard. Or complicated.

    These young men have no idea how to deal with that kind of money. Most people wouldn’t but especially not men in their early 20’s. Heck, the pre-frontal cortex of the brain isn’t even fully developed until age 25.

    Couldn’t the NFL with all their money hire some sort of mentors that were over 5 players each or something.

  12. jimnaizeeum says: Aug 6, 2016 6:55 AM

    Trent Richardson says greedy friends and family affected his career

    The fact that he just isn’t good at football didn’t help

  13. farfig says: Aug 6, 2016 6:56 AM

    How did I already not know this?…..

    …It’s always somebody else’s fault, isn’t it?

    Already disappointed your football family – bet they don’t hang around anymore, do they?

    ….Now throwing your REAL family under the bus as well…Going to be a lonely life, Son….

    Bravo, Sir!!!…

  14. vickisgarbage says: Aug 6, 2016 6:59 AM

    Oh so it wasnt the fact you couldnt find a hole unless it was in a donut?

  15. brownsclown says: Aug 6, 2016 7:08 AM

    Yes, the greedy ones, plus the fact he was fat, slow, lazy, and stupid caused him to be a bust. The plus side is when he is back selling programs at ‘Tide games nobody will bother him!

  16. bigredgoog says: Aug 6, 2016 7:14 AM

    There are worse ways to blow through money than helping friends. On the other hand, someone that is $10,000 behind on rent or car payments needs a lower priced house/car anyway.

  17. fissels says: Aug 6, 2016 7:23 AM

    Thanks for being honest Trent. It’s a cautionary tale for younger players. I hope they pay attention.

  18. 6thsense10 says: Aug 6, 2016 7:24 AM

    $100,000 per year to your brother for being a personal assistant? ??? He could have found a real professional personal assistance for half the price.

  19. contract says: Aug 6, 2016 7:44 AM

    And here I just thought he had no run vision.

  20. favreisadouche says: Aug 6, 2016 7:44 AM

    Easy to blame others….look in the mirror. You have no one to blame but yourself.

  21. kegowhisky says: Aug 6, 2016 7:46 AM

    I don’t doubt he was taken advantage of, but he’s the real reason for being a bust. Possibly over hyped in the draft, Jim Brown pegged him well initially with the evaluation of “ordinary”. In action, he never produced the results any team wanted and needed. I hope those that benefited from his money take care of him when he needs it, but my bet is “Naw, that ain’t happenin'”.

  22. loumann says: Aug 6, 2016 7:51 AM

    There should be a class on how to not waste money on friends and family. I could teach it!!!!

  23. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says: Aug 6, 2016 7:52 AM

    Honestly that’s on him, how many various rookie symposiums are there with former athletes telling their horrid money stories. I don’t feel one bit of sorrow for him. No one learns a lesson if they keep getting bailed out financially. Tell your friends and family to get to work then if the price theyre worth the investment make it. But, this is on him in my eyes.

  24. vegaskid21 says: Aug 6, 2016 7:57 AM

    Blaming other people for his failure. Coward move Trent.

  25. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    People will only take advantage of you if you let them…

  26. bencoates57 says: Aug 6, 2016 8:05 AM

    Trent son I need money for my attorney. He wants $10,000 to help me sue you for defamation.

  27. puntonfirstdown says: Aug 6, 2016 8:06 AM

    Like the old saying goes: “A stupid NFL player and his money are soon parted.”

  28. bittersportspills says: Aug 6, 2016 8:06 AM

    I have to laugh because other athletes with successful pro careers endure family/friends taking advantage of them for far longer then Richardson has. That second contract leads to even more demands.
    A good thing Richardson learned this before his bank account reached empty. Now he can put that Alabama degree to work, lol.

  29. irishgary says: Aug 6, 2016 8:08 AM

    Not a very bright person. Its sad what some of these colleges are doing. Especially in the SEC
    Great football but not much on education

  30. polapea says: Aug 6, 2016 8:09 AM

    Good to see he’s being accountable and not blaming others for his failings…

  31. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Aug 6, 2016 8:09 AM

    Whose car payment is $10,000?

  32. paleandpasty says: Aug 6, 2016 8:12 AM

    I thought it was a slow 40

  33. wabbitslayer says: Aug 6, 2016 8:22 AM

    Yep, it’s not his fault It was everyone around him. Like all those guys in prison. Just wrong place, wrong time, was with the “wrong crowd”.

    I’m sorry…it’s hard to type with the tears falling on my keyboard like this…

  34. dumbpollack says: Aug 6, 2016 8:26 AM

    Who cares. He got fat and slow. That has nothing to do with hangers on

  35. aypeeswhippingstick says: Aug 6, 2016 8:28 AM

    Trent, take a peek in the mirror at who lost your cash. The first step is accountability.

  36. 700levelvet says: Aug 6, 2016 8:31 AM

    Now he has “Idiot” attached to “Bust” on his Canton legacy…

  37. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Aug 6, 2016 8:41 AM

    Yeah, blame everyone but yourself you lazy, worthless coward.

  38. MichaelEdits says: Aug 6, 2016 8:43 AM

    Hey, it’s not my fault I suck.

  39. bigbensbathroombuddy says: Aug 6, 2016 8:44 AM

    Don’t go away mad…just go away.

  40. democratsarestupid says: Aug 6, 2016 8:47 AM

    Sounds like a really good person. Tried to help others who took advantage of a kind hearted 21 year old. His talents may not of transferred to the NFL but he’s got a long life ahead of him to have a positive impact. Good luck Trent!

  41. truthfactory says: Aug 6, 2016 8:50 AM

    Thats weird… When the democrats give my hard earned money away to “help” other people who aren’t working, they swear it leads to prosperity and not dependency.

  42. norseyapper says: Aug 6, 2016 8:52 AM

    That’s right, point your finger at everyone else. Soon it will be ex-teamates that didn’t perform well enough. It has to be someone else’s fault right?

    One of the most pwerful words in the english language is “NO!” Too bad the kid never learned it while receiving his fine Uof Alabama football education.

  43. FinFan68 says: Aug 6, 2016 8:54 AM

    Helping family out is one thing. Extended family and a posse is quite another. With that kind of money I would have paid off my parents’ house and bills, helped out my sister and maintained a modest lifestyle and still be set for life. My kids would have had whatever they needed but there is a major difference between a want and a need.

  44. ravenscaps48 says: Aug 6, 2016 9:00 AM

    Sure…. Your greedy family & friends made you miss that 8 foot wide opening between lineman on the goal line as you ran into the back of them. Lol

  45. godofwine330 says: Aug 6, 2016 9:04 AM

    How many times has this story been told? 5000 if its been told once. The worst thing about never having money before is the inexperience in how to manage it or the vultures who come after it.

    These players make more money in their 20’s than they will for the rest of their lives combined. Think about that. For the rest of us, our 20’s are our brokest period – the point in our lives where we struggled the most. Trying to find a job that paid a decent wage to support ourselves. Athletes are given hundreds of thousands to millions between 20 and 30 and that has to last the rest of their lives. For most it is impossible.

    For him, at least he has some money left. Maybe he can go to a Rookie Symposium in a year or two to warn others of siblings, cousins, so-called friends, and even parents wanting to mooch off of you rather than pay their own way in life need to go by the wayside. Will you get talked about? Yes. Will they call you names? Yes. But when your 30’s roll around you will have that cushion, and if you are lucky into your 40’s and beyond.

  46. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Aug 6, 2016 9:22 AM

    The one thing I’ll remember about Trent Richardson, after all the dust has settled, and after all the cards have been dealt….was that he wasn’t good.

  47. babyjunkie says: Aug 6, 2016 9:32 AM

    And food!

  48. xenova1 says: Aug 6, 2016 9:37 AM

    I don’t feel bad for him. Doesn’t the NFL have an orientation class for rookies educating them about managing their money featuring personal stories from players who fell in the same trap? I guess he didn’t pay attention. It’s similar to those people who win the lottery but are broke 5 years later.

  49. pacodawg says: Aug 6, 2016 9:37 AM

    Why do they give big money for unproven players. Earn it first then get paid what a novel idea. They always want more but never give it back when they stink. Holmgren should be charged with theft for the job he did in Cleveland,

  50. justbegbaby says: Aug 6, 2016 9:38 AM

    This poor man child. He didn’t know that by giving away his banking account pin numbers to strangers they would actually use them!! We should all take up a collection for him so he can do it again. You can’t fix stupid and he certainly is!

  51. realfootballfan says: Aug 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    When will these players ever learn?

  52. Shotz says: Aug 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    It sucks that you were weak and did not know how to say no. On the bright side I see TCBY is hiring.

  53. j huber says: Aug 6, 2016 9:55 AM

    I disagree. The facts that he is not an NFL caliber running back, affected his career. He had ample opportunities with multiple teams. When the lowly Browns cut him, it was over.
    And obviously, he wasn’t smart with his money. Every NFL player should have a CPA/certified financial planner to help them with the bug bucks.

  54. sl2w says: Aug 6, 2016 10:01 AM

    Fool & Money: Parted….!

    Truly Nothing New Under The Sun…!

  55. jchipwood says: Aug 6, 2016 10:04 AM

    Well you sure can tell Richardson is not a patriot fan. If he were, he would be blaming Goodell.

  56. johnodocks says: Aug 6, 2016 10:07 AM

    Now we know why he never saw those running lanes… he was scanning the stands for leeches.

  57. terripet says: Aug 6, 2016 10:11 AM

    Trent you are a good person football is not everything get into TV like other athletes andake a living doing that. Good luck

  58. gixrider says: Aug 6, 2016 10:12 AM

    tylereifertisunstoppable says:
    Aug 6, 2016 8:09 AM
    Whose car payment is $10,000?

    If a car is about to be repossesed, there have been quite a few payments missed. If I was Trent I would be tempted to name each and every one of the leeches to put them on blast. Admittedly, that wouldn’t be the classy thing to do…..but it sure would be tempting. lol

  59. golions1 says: Aug 6, 2016 10:15 AM

    This is why Snoop Dog has vending machines in his house. So all of the “friends” who hang out there all day day after day have to pay their own way. If he let the classless slobs who wouldn’t help him pack move in with him, that is on him though. No way I’d let them move in, I don’t care who they are.

  60. zatoichi7 says: Aug 6, 2016 10:18 AM

    i didn’t see the interview, but where in the quotes does he blame others for his poor performance? maybe the headline and first paragraph, which are the writer’s interpretation of his words, aren’t what he was really trying to get across?

  61. bubbahotepp says: Aug 6, 2016 10:21 AM

    Cars repo’d? Evictions? Don’t any of these clowns work for a living?

  62. NFLexpert says: Aug 6, 2016 10:22 AM

    Kosar could have helped him with this…fell in the same trap, is broke with no more friends…

  63. orange and blue own the nfl says: Aug 6, 2016 10:27 AM

    If he was a Patriot fan, he’d blame Roger Goodell.

  64. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Aug 6, 2016 10:30 AM

    And we’re supposed to feel SORRY for him ??????????
    I don’t think so !!!!!!!

    The NFL has symposiums for rookies on finanaces and pitfalls. Apparently he doesn’t listen of take the initiative to follow helpful advice.

  65. impressivenecktattoo says: Aug 6, 2016 10:33 AM

    You see these stories a lot. The posse, crew, hangers on. The funny part is, the athlete in question always sort of looks like Richardson, never looks at all like say Aaron Rodgers. Word.

  66. xpensivewinos says: Aug 6, 2016 10:46 AM

    He’s still young and has a pedigree. Find the right coaching and trainers, get in shape and try again. Someone will give him a shot. Dudes get hurt every five minutes……

  67. intrafinesse says: Aug 6, 2016 10:48 AM

    It’s everyones falt but mine that:

    I’m not a pro sports player
    investment banker

    fill in the blanks

    I could be wrong but wasn’t he not very good from day one and never improved?

  68. intrafinesse says: Aug 6, 2016 10:48 AM

    fault, not falt

    sorry for the typo

  69. draftrobot says: Aug 6, 2016 11:00 AM

    How much of his signing bonus from Alabama does he have left?

  70. finfansince68 says: Aug 6, 2016 11:02 AM

    Shameful but true – those types of people are usually the sames ones that ONLY show up at Christmas & at funerals – NOT to visit family & NOT to pay respects,
    but only to see what gifts THEY might receive.
    Every family deals with these social parasites,
    EXACTLY like the ones hangin on to Trent.

  71. oscarxray says: Aug 6, 2016 11:08 AM

    I hope he shows up at Mike Holmgren’s house someday looking for money.

  72. radrntn says: Aug 6, 2016 11:24 AM

    SEC is so over rated

  73. broncomath101 says: Aug 6, 2016 11:24 AM

    Still not taking accountability for yourself huh?

    This is one of the things wrong with society today. Everyone is looking to blame someone else for their problems.

  74. bencoates57 says: Aug 6, 2016 11:49 AM

    I remember how startled everyone was when the Browns traded him. His family must have been an irritation to the franchise. When team officials tell you to “make your circle smaller,” there are boundaries issues.

  75. lurkerkerker says: Aug 6, 2016 11:57 AM

    Almost every species is pestered by parasites. It’s nature’s way.
    Good luck, Trent. If I had that much money at that age, I’d be dead by now.

  76. fissels says: Aug 6, 2016 12:01 PM

    I didn’t get the feeling he was blaming others, just pointing out what he did wrong.

  77. tonebones says: Aug 6, 2016 12:02 PM

    You could pay every one of his friends and family $10 million tomorrow, and he’s not going to be a great RB.

  78. jmethane says: Aug 6, 2016 12:18 PM

    He had friends and family living with him? How is supposed to concentrate on football?

    If I was his team I would be furious. I don’t get it, like they felt like they got drafted, etc…that is HIS life, not yours.

    Boot em out, not helping with the move was your opening.

  79. noteamforlosangeles says: Aug 6, 2016 12:38 PM

    The password is inability

    Inability to say no
    Inability to play football

    On the plus side, at least he wasn’t married…it would have been even worse.

  80. sportoficionado says: Aug 6, 2016 12:55 PM

    the man rested on his laurels, never tried to build and/or improve on his impressive rookie campaign.this is the nfl.not.for.long

  81. jvw1982 says: Aug 6, 2016 1:08 PM

    Getting rid of family and friends who been with you from the start gotta be tough…..but at some point he should have set some boundaries, like you don’t live here unless you have a job for one…and its about time he takes responsibility for his poor play, it will help in you moving on to your next career…..

  82. eddiea25 says: Aug 6, 2016 1:10 PM

    Brewster”s Millions , The Sequel.

  83. motsuret06 says: Aug 6, 2016 1:21 PM

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

  84. alonestartexan says: Aug 6, 2016 1:40 PM

    radrntn says:
    Aug 6, 2016 11:24 AM
    SEC is so over rated


    Yes, 11 national championships in the previous 20 years (8 of which were within the last 10.)

    Sounds overrated to me..

  85. ojsays says: Aug 6, 2016 2:24 PM

    And not one of those friends or family members bothered to show him what hole to run through

  86. defscottyb says: Aug 8, 2016 11:26 PM

    I’ll never understand why kids from the hood always feel the need to take care of Ray-Ray Pookie n dem… all the homies who don’t even give a crap about them. Anyone remember the Biz Markie song ‘The Vapors”? Nuff said.

  87. egomaniac247 says: Aug 9, 2016 8:28 AM

    “these young men in their 20’s don’t know how to handle it”

    Gimmie a break. Hand me $20 million at age 20 and yes I might blow some of it on frivolous stuff but I guarantee you I never work again a day in my life.

  88. cornersss says: Aug 12, 2016 9:36 AM

    “If he had just got a helmet visor, he would have been okay.”

    You actually need a doctor now a days to say you need the visor. otherwise the nfl doesnt let them wear them. I think its a bad rule.

    You would think the nfl wants RB’s to be successful also. People love stud rbs that make incredible runs more than wrs or qbs

  89. ibillwt says: Aug 12, 2016 10:24 PM

    Is anyone surprised that really stupid people tend to be related to other really stupid people and do really stupid things together.

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