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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Rod "straight outta Augusta"

October 1st, 2012
12:39 pm

First! Ha!

Note: He aint been right since his lady burned down his house. smh.

Rick James

October 1st, 2012
12:40 pm

Sad situation with Andre’ but he spent money like it was water..

Supersize that order, mutt

October 1st, 2012
12:45 pm

Never liked him


October 1st, 2012
1:02 pm

He’s among many athletes who could “star” on this show.

Class of '98

October 1st, 2012
1:05 pm

On the bright side, I’m sure he helped many Magic City dancers put DUBS on their Benzes. hahahaha.

Ramblin Black Jacket

October 1st, 2012
1:06 pm

Supersize, no one asked if you liked him or not. Go kick rocks.

Falcon James

October 1st, 2012
1:19 pm

I was wondering yesterday which of the players we are watching now will be broke 10 years from now. When you see stories about players being drunk and going to jail its not hard to figure out who are the high risk candidates.

Obama's food stamps

October 1st, 2012
1:34 pm

Love reading about another Obama supporter with no money and starving.


October 1st, 2012
1:44 pm

Entitlements keep the economy chugging along, my friend.


October 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

I hope this film is motivation for young athletes to manage their finances. Cars, Diamonds, Entourage, Night-Clubs, Fathering Several Children with different Women = Starring in your very on show called, “BROKE”!


October 1st, 2012
1:50 pm

And I equally love reading comments by people who blame the POTUS for everything.

I hope this show profiles Curt Schilling too, but it probably won’t because….


October 1st, 2012
1:50 pm

I love people whom turn any sad story into a story about the President, he OWNS so many of you, you think about him 24/7!


October 1st, 2012
2:06 pm


They are going to interview Bernie Kosar too, so don’t try using the race card. Billy Corben is big time liberal.


October 1st, 2012
2:08 pm

Reality @ 1:50—-I totally agree. Angry comments from angry peolple.


Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 1st, 2012
2:09 pm

If he declared bankruptcy in 2007, then Bush was president and his fault.

Answer this

October 1st, 2012
2:20 pm

I usually just read but...

October 1st, 2012
2:25 pm

But he has huge boob box, I mean boom box, and a 50″ sub woofer with a 5k watt amp in the back of his ‘72 Pinto, tricked out with a set of killer 22″s, dual ash trays and oversize seat covers.

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
2:28 pm

Another one bites the dust………………..lmao………..dont they know better than to do 90 on the freeway ?………………………….

Big Play Ray Buchanan, of a Duluth address, smelled of alcohol and admitted he’d had one drink, according to police. He was placed under arrest and transported to the police department, where he blew a .091 on the state alcohol breath test, police said. The blood alcohol limit in Georgia law is .08.

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
2:29 pm

Buchanan, a defensive back for the Falcons from 1997-2003


October 1st, 2012
2:41 pm

@ Ramblin Black Jacket, It doesn’t make a damn weather anyone ask or not, it’s a blog, It’s for opinions, I did not like him either.

Billy Ray

October 1st, 2012
2:46 pm

I hope they show the clip of his sissy slap fight with Deion Sanders.


October 1st, 2012
2:56 pm

Rex….”entitlements keep the economy chugging along”….its leeches like you that will turn the US into another Greece. You are an idiot that has zero knowledge of economics.

Socal Falcon Fan

October 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

Money Train

October 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

uh…he is wearing 20k of clothes and bling-


October 1st, 2012
3:43 pm

Heard one of his favorite songs was “Burning Down The House”….

Supersize that order, mutt

October 1st, 2012
4:13 pm

For those of you taking shots at me I must warn you that you can be banned too.


October 1st, 2012
4:27 pm

When he was drafted by the Falcons I said he will be broke after his career is over. He was spending the money like their was no tomorrow, and now tomorrow is here.


October 1st, 2012
4:57 pm

I’ve got ZERO sympathy for guys like “Bad Moon” and others who just squander more money than most folks will ever see in their lifetime.

Terrible Truth

October 1st, 2012
6:19 pm

It’s a shame Vince Young won’t be interviewed in this documentary, I would love to see the camera zoom in on his face as the interviewer asks him, “Do you miss that $500 a shot cognac you used to drink?”


October 1st, 2012
6:48 pm

why is this turned into “it’s all about race”…Rison blew his money, now he’ll be spending mine, (and the rest of the tax payers, all 50% of us)…


October 1st, 2012
6:50 pm

Will Dan Marino be featured? He lost more $ in one deal than Rison made in his career. Dan is on real shakey ground right now. And if you wanted comic relief, put on John Smith from Arkansas.

Sage of Bluesland

October 1st, 2012
6:51 pm

Ummm, he wasn’t drafted by the Falcons….but I’m sure you didn’t know that….

Nevermind. It’s too easy sometimes…

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 1st, 2012
6:59 pm

Andre running thru19M is good but Evander doing the same with 300M is epic.

Sounds like a TV show… Broke Athletes of the ATL


October 1st, 2012
6:59 pm

Superman is da Man

October 1st, 2012
7:04 pm

Andre Bad Moon Rison , another broke donkey athlete that was trying to be a playa, now that the games are over he’s just another loser, but a broke one, but he does know how to torch a house!!!! Lol


October 1st, 2012
7:10 pm

for all you politically correcters…Andre Rison-Curt Schilling…Mike Tyson-Denny McClain…Evander Holyfield-Dan Marino…Terrell Owens-John Smith…black-white…the list could go on and on…the common thread is ignorance-stupidity…”but they were taken advantage of”, yep, because they were stupid…”but they made bad investments”, yep, because they were stupid…”but they listened to the wrong people”, yep, because they were stupid…bottom line I feel sorry for them, but I have no respect for any of them…

Todd - LAwrenceville

October 1st, 2012
8:09 pm

The internet and blogs has turned many of you to a bunch of chicken s#it cowads. It’s quite easy to laugh and make fun of those who, for whatever reason are down and out, especial without kowing specifically why thigs happened. I am sure many of you who hide behind these vague names have never been late or have always paid for everything. Be it Curt Schilling Andre Rison or even Warren Sapp or your neighbor, celebrating others misfortunes, when no on can determine if you have a clean house is sheer cowardness.

Why dont oyu post your social security number so someone can run your credit… Perhaps not because you would be just as embarrased as either of those mentioned and not mentioned are. Others situations, either self enduced or not isnt tha funny… FOr those who mentioned not having respect for those mention; did you ever have respect for them in the 1st place? I suspect you never thought of having respect or not prior to this blog… Get a life…

wise count

October 1st, 2012
8:57 pm

Don’t take joy in other people’s misfortune and expect your life to be any better than theirs….many of you are setting yourselves up for your own misfortunes…..Be careful at who or what you laugh at..

Todd is not your real name

October 1st, 2012
9:16 pm

Todd, you are way off base. Misfortune is when you are a victim of a violent crime or your child has a serious illness. This story is about “missing fortune”. The reason nobody on this blog has sympathy for these clowns is that they didn’t need to buy 16 cars or get involved in “investments” of any kind They made those choices and those choices were poor decisions in hindsight. There is no misfortune here! Why does a guy with $19M need “investments”? He can live nicely off interest income alone. Why take on risk when you are already “winning”?


October 1st, 2012
10:59 pm

they could coach @arkansaw with they broke asses

Superman is da Man

October 1st, 2012
11:05 pm

Todd,bet your credit score is in the 500s lol I pay all my bills & have excellent credit & I still say they are dumb donkeys, just add you to the list! Hee Haw hahahahaha losers

Duante's Longest Dred

October 1st, 2012
11:14 pm

Hee,hee,heeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!! I be next…………….. :-)

Sargent Carter

October 1st, 2012
11:23 pm

Once Upon A Time in Atlanta…”Bad Moon Rison” said, “I am as good as Jerry Rice!” Well, he never was. Now he is Bad Moon done crashed up in heah…

I usually just read but...

October 2nd, 2012
7:32 am

Here’s a sure way to get broke quick!
“Why dont oyu post your social security number so someone can run your credit”
On the internet? IDIOT!
Dewnsav, 100% dead right. One of our past QB’s (still n the league) will get to make that list twice he’s so stupid

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR (aka Go Jackets)

October 2nd, 2012
7:59 am

Curt Schilling made a bad investment in the online gaming business. He didnt intentionally blow his. BTW, he is working on TV in sports commentary….dont feel too sorry for him. Andre will be in the Obama bread lines with T.O. and Ocho/Charles/Rufus Cinco or whatever he is calling himself these days.


October 2nd, 2012
8:01 am

No worries, Bad Moon. You can still pick up your Obama-Phone.

Mike Truth

October 2nd, 2012
8:16 am

Rison shot an innocent bystander (ok it was just the disco Kroger) because his girlfriend challenged his man-hood. Not dealing with a lot of grey matter there. As for Buchanan, the “big plays” were always for the other team. Seemed like the last few years for the Falcons he was either getting burned or being flagged for interference. And lastly, only in Atlanta can the conversation go racial over this kind of thing. As Ron White (yeah thats right, White) says “you cant fix stupid”.

5150 UOAD

October 2nd, 2012
9:32 am

Michael V. has blown through nearly $30 million since filing for bankruptcy in 2008 — nearly 95% of his total income — TMZ has learned.

According to legal docs filed in his bankruptcy case, V. made $31 million since he went belly up — that includes his Eagles salary and various endorsements and other business ventures.

The math is pretty simple — V. had to pay a total of $29.6 mil — of that, $10.9 went to taxes, $9.2 mil went to creditors, $2.7 went to lawyers and accountants, and the rest is for various things, including child support and living expenses.

All tolled, V. is now left with around $1.5 mil. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but considering what he made it’s pretty shocking.


October 2nd, 2012
9:33 am

What was the stat released a few years ago, that 80% of the NFL are bankrupt within 7 years of retirement. 60% for NBA.

A fool and his money are soon parted.


October 2nd, 2012
9:48 am