Tuesday, August 28, 2007

This Story Really Bothers Me

This story was in The Tennessean on Sunday:

The Titans had no comment today on a report that they loaned former running back Travis Henry $9,800 for child support payments ... Henry, 28, has fathered nine children by nine women in at least four Southern states . . . Henry, who now plays for the Denver Broncos, has a $25 million contract and a base monthly salary approaching $50,000. According to court records, the judge wants to ensure payment by establishing an unusual $250,000 trust that Henry must fund by next spring.
Seeliger wrote that Henry displayed "bad judgment in his spending habits," dropping $100,000 for a car and $146,000 for jewelry . . . asked that the trust be set up because Henry rarely made the payments mandated by an earlier order, though they were $800 less a month. Wellon said there was testimony establishing that Henry received a $1 million bonus earlier this year but quickly spent most of it, buying, among other things, a Mercedes and gold jewelry. Edlin, though, said Henry collected much less than $1 million after taxes, and he said much of it went to debts. "He doesn't have any money," Edlin said. "The guy has significant financial issues." Records show that Henry's children live in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

This story disgust me. I enjoy watching football, its a clean excape (minus the needless violence). However, reading this makes me so glad I don't invest my money into the NFL. There is too much money spent on the NFL, and Travis Henry is the epitome of the waste and lack of responsibility. I spend money on Vanderbilt football tickets, but at least that is an institution of higher learning that makes some attempt to resist this ridiculous misappropriations of money and priorities. The Titans have brought a lot of joy and civic pride to Nashville, but I don't blame any resident of Davidson County who resist spending any more of their tax money on this football team. There are some great people in the NFL. This story is just too much. And I admit, I used to really enjoy watching Henry carry the football.

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