Trent Richardson's Hall of Fame journey has taken a bit of a setback. The former 1st round pick in 2012 was recently waived by the Baltimore Ravens in the first week of training camp and revealed that his family and friends blew a bunch of his money.
According to an article from Yahoo Sports, Richardson appeared on an episode of ESPN's "E:60" and said that his family and friends spent $1.6 million of his money in a span of 10 months. Richardson told reporters that he discovered Netflix and Hulu accounts being opened up in his name, as well as people using his name in clubs in order to get drinks. While Richardson is not broke by any means, since he was paid $20.5 million from a contract he signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2012, this just shows us that Richardson is lacking vision off the field.
I'll be honest, when I first saw the article and the number 1.6, I immediately thought that they were talking about his career yards per carry in the NFL. I obviously don't know what it is like to have the pressure from family and friends asking you for money but I do have the opposite problem where I am constantly asking friends and family for money. This is a classic example of an athlete not knowing how to manage their money correctly. I mean this is the same guy who predicted he would make the NFL Hall of Fame but can't even make an NFL roster, so am I surprised that this happened to him? Not really. Unfortunately, this is the reality that these athletes must face when given all this money. They face the pressure from friends and family and they must ultimately decide who they should keep in their circle. But let's be real, Richardson has made more money at the age of 26 in 4 seasons in the NFL, than many will make in their entire lives so let's not feel too bad.
I think the real point people are missing in this story is that his Richardson's friends and family are not to blame, it's the teams who gave him so much money in the first place. Out of all the teams that would give a bust like Trent Richardson $20.5 million in guaranteed money, it would be the Cleveland Browns. I hope all of NFL teams never pay another cent to Richardson and if they do... shame on them.
Even after all of this there is still light at the end of the tunnel for Richardson. Because he was waived by the Ravens, he will have a chance to get in to the Hall of Fame one year earlier than he originally expected.