Andre Rison’s financial woes featured in documentary film ‘Broke’

Andre Rison chronicles his financial troubles in "Broke."

Andre Rison chronicles his financial troubles in "Broke."

ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series of documentaries returns tomorrow night at 8 p.m. with “Broke,” a look at pro athletes who accumulate great wealth but later meet financial ruin.

Among the subjects is former Falcons wide receiver Andre Rison, who made more than $19 million during his career but declared bankruptcy in 2007 after he failed to pay child support. You can see some excerpts from Rison’s interviews in the film in the trailer for ‘Broke’ at the 30 for 30 Web site.

“Broke” is by Billy Corben. He also directed the “”The U,” the “30 for 30″ documentary about the University of Miami football program.

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October 2nd, 2012
11:03 am

Go from nothing to something, you may end up back at nothing. These athletes need money counseling, which is something not taught in schools. Instead of teaching kids the hypotenuse and obtuse angles, teach them how to balance a check book and budget for their household.

Just Saying..

October 2nd, 2012
11:32 am

Update me; Does Rison still know everything?

Just Saying..

October 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

Obama’s food stamps: “Love reading about another Obama supporter with no money and starving.”

Hussein: There, there.
Kyle will be back soon.

Dewnsav

October 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

Todd, Todd, Todd…I am not a “cowad” ?? simply stating my opinion…I live a fairly pedestrian life…I have worked all my life, making a decent living for my three Daughters, wife and I…I live near the coast in a comfortable home and have been financially responisble my entire life…nothing to brag about, and average Joe…and made PLENTY of mistakes…I was not blessed with the level of athletic prowess required to play professional sports and rake in millions of dollars a year…if indeed I would have been, you would have known all the mistakes I made Todd as I would live in the public eye…and rightfully so…I do not think anyone losing all they have is “funny”, but I find it nauseating when a hot shot throws it away when there are so many people work hard just to get by…why don’t YOU get a life…I have one

Steve

October 2nd, 2012
12:14 pm

@ WTF Rison was not drafted by the Falcons. They picked him up in trade from the Colts and sent a #1 pick to the Colts which they used to draft Jeff George!

ddog

October 2nd, 2012
12:14 pm

That suit and tie don’t look broke …he don’t want to pay for the kids. Fool

Whiznot

October 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

In most cases the problem wasn’t spending. Wealthy player-idiots go broke by giving a power of attorney and investment discretion to lawyers and financial managers who inflate the player-idiot’s financial statement with debt financed investments that mask the theft of funds to the managers. A person who has extremely high income should avoid inflating his financial statement. Debt is a killer.

AL Knockarup

October 2nd, 2012
1:48 pm

The guy pushing the line about Obama and entitlements is as ignorant as they come. He needs to get out of his trailer park every now and then and learn himself some of that thar education-like stuff… Oh and he needs to refrain from all the cross burnings and book burnings… that’s so dark age retro!

Black And Red

October 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

Enough with the sophomoric half-wit political ad hominems. I can see faults on both sides of the aisle, but Knee-jerker types who refuse to use their brains and reactionary by nature are downright SCARY!

Sammy

October 2nd, 2012
1:58 pm

Look, modern day athletes oftentimes are from poorer urban places, with less education and little guidance from parents – - if there are two parents. When they come into money they’re clueless about doing the wise thing… investing it wisely knowing the sporting career won’t last long. PERIOD.

Brian Hunt

October 2nd, 2012
2:31 pm

I see a lot of people laughing at broke athletes, but I also see a lot of empty foreclosed houses in every neighborhood around the city. They’re not alone….

tools

October 2nd, 2012
2:40 pm

Shilling had a software business file for bankruptcy that he had invested 3M of his own money, a lot different than personal bankruptcy Don’t let that get in the way of your pointless rant though.

mojo123

October 2nd, 2012
8:22 pm

Rison looks more pathetic with every breath he spews.

sean

October 2nd, 2012
8:23 pm

Maybe he can get an ObamaPhone

mojo123

October 2nd, 2012
8:36 pm

andre rison looks like the stupidest guy who ever played in the NFL.

mojo123

October 2nd, 2012
8:37 pm

somebody say something

mojo123

October 2nd, 2012
8:54 pm

mojo123

October 2nd, 2012
8:57 pm

I am feeling better about all my f*** ups now.

DawgNole

October 2nd, 2012
9:34 pm

mojo123
October 2nd, 2012
8:37 pm

somebody say something
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Not much more to say. It’s a story that just keeps repeating itself. A similar situation with many lottery winners as well–incredibly.

Derwood

October 3rd, 2012
7:34 am

Why doies one even need an agent? All they need is a good attorney. I think it be wise to just take the money and deposit it in a bank. Forget all this investing, etc. Agents have broken many people.

billy bob

October 3rd, 2012
8:12 am

dumb (b)igger

HARLOW

October 3rd, 2012
8:19 am

I WONDER IF JESUS IS MAKING MOCKERY OF ALL THESE GUYS HAVIND FAILURE IF THEIR LIVES. U ARE PROBABLY TWO CHECKS AWAY FROM BROKE TOO MY FELLOW CHRISTAIN BROTHER. GET REAL U HYPROCRITE!