Crazy Athlete Purchases: Top 15 in Recent Memory

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Crazy Athlete Purchases

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Athletes today make more money than any of us will see in a lifetime. Sure, hard work pays off, but for us working class citizens, hard work just leads to even harder work and an extra bit of money might not even come with that. For athletes, you work hard and you are rewarded with millions upon millions of dollars.

You hear about it every single day. Athletes are signing deals with teams in upwards of $100 million and $200 million for long-term deals. If you haven't seen any deals like that, you are probably living under a rock. In fact, just about a month ago, the New York Yankees inked superstar Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year $155 million deal that will likely end worries for money for him and his family for life.

When these athletes get big paydays, however, they tend to spend a little bit of money on unnecessary, lavish things such as houses, cars or other random possessions.

I have compiled an entire list of purchases that athletes have made that have the rest of us scratching our heads in confusion. These purchases likely gathered the popular reaction of "did he really just buy that?"

Seeing these famous -- and rich -- athletes make such careless purchases makes us all question whether they really need that kind of money. Sure, everyone wants to live in a mansion and it would be cool to purchase one if you had the money, but why buy one that is the size of a miniature city in which you could easily get lost in? What exactly is the point of that?

Let's take a look at this list of the 15 craziest athlete purchases in recent memory that will have you scratching your head. If I have missed any weird and crazy purchases, contact me and let me know.

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15. Big Macs For Everyone on Doug Collins

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With a commanding lead in hand, the Philadelphia 76ers dribbled out the clock up 99-80. Home fans of the 76ers were booing, however. Why was this? Well, if the 76ers score 100 points, fans get free Big Macs from McDonalds and head coach Doug Collins didn't want to run up the score.

What does he do next? He gets on the PA and announces to the crowd that he will buy every one of the 18,000 people in attendance a Big Mac out of his own pocket. Nice gesture, poor monetary decision.

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14. Al Jefferson's Oversized Bed


This is the only good picture we could find of Jefferson's 10x12 foot bed. Yes, that is a really, really big sleeping area and I'm pretty sure it was the size of my room as a child -- no joke there. As you can see, there is someone in the bed and it's not a child. That's former teammate Mo Williams -- yes an NBA player looks like a small child in the bed. How much did he pay for it? How about a cool $23,000.

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13. Darnell Dockett's Alligator

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Some athletes have an obsession with reptiles. In fact, Josh Freeman owns like eight snakes. However, Darnell Dockett took this obsession with reptiles to a whole new level, purchasing an alligator. Doesn't really seem like a good pet to me. Quite possibly a terrible waste of money.

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12. Novak Djokovic Says "Donkey Cheese For Everyone"

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Djokovic is one of the most successful tennis players in the world -- and one of the richest. In fact, he owns his own fancy restaurant. What does he sell in his restaurant? It seems like the answer to that is a whole lot of stuff mixed with donkey cheese. Yes, the world's most expensive cheese was purchased by the tennis star for his restaurant. How much, you ask? Try an entire year's supply from the most well-known donkey milk and cheese producer in the world. Money well-spent.

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11. Masahiro Tanaka Gets Plane to Himself

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Masahiro Tanaka bought an entire plane out so he could ride with five of his closest companions in his plane ride from Japan to the United States. How much did he pay for a plane that usually seats hundreds of people? Not much, just about $195,000 or so.

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10. Mike Tyson Owns Some Tigers

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Leave it to Mike Tyson to buy "pet" tigers. The former boxer owned three tigers at one time and he occasionally takes them for walks on a leash -- as seen above. Tyson spent over $100,000 to own these great white beasts.

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9. Chad Johnson's Pointless Semi Truck

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It was difficult to find a good picture of this, but just imagine the head of a semi truck painted all blacked and "swagged out" to Chad Johnson's style. Yeah, a complete waste of cash that he probably doesn't have anymore.

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8. Gilbert Arenas Has Sharks

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Gilbert Arenas bought an even less "cuddly" animal than Tyson's tigers. Arenas had a shark tank in his million-dollar mansion before trying to sell it away. I mean, reallly. Who needs sharks in their home?

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7. Tiger Woods Buys a Small City(Mansion)


I can't tell if this is a small town in Florida or Woods' mansion. Oh, no big deal, it's just a $60 million mansion that would cause any normal person to get lost within minutes.

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6. Deuce McAllister Buys a Nissan Dealership

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Besides gaining crazy amounts of weight since his retirement from the NFL, former running back Deuce McAllister bought a Nissan dealership for the heck of it. It failed miserably and the $1.5 million investment looks just as dumb as everyone thought it would look.

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5. Terrell Owens' Bingo Hall

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Terrell Owens knows a thing or two about being broke. Owens once dumped $2 million into an Alabama bingo hall and got nothing in return as the project seemingly fell apart on him. Why did it fail on him? Well, the NFL has a ban on players investing in anything related to gambling -- which the electronic bingo inside of the "entertainment hall" was. Owens faced discipline from the NFL over this and even sued his attorney who encouraged him to drop $2 million on the hall.

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4. Jerome Williams' Personal Mascot

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Life would be much more interesting with a personal mascot. Okay, I was just kidding, but Jerome Williams really thinks so. I don't have a picture of it, but Williams got himself a "junkyard dog" mascot to honor his former nickname and travel to events with him. That's interesting and a bit of a waste of money.

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3. Marquis Daniels Really Likes Himself

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Who else gets a chain with their own head's likeness made of diamonds as the pendent? Well, Marquis Daniels seems like that guy. I guess he likes spending thousands of dollars on a chain that looks like him, or maybe Whoopi Goldberg, for the rest of his life.

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2. Eddy Curry Spends Way Too Much on Cable

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Eddy Curry owed a lot of money when his $575,000 loan with an 85 percent interest rate. He was ordered by the court to pay the loaner, Allstar Capital Inc., back $1.2 million. However, he claimed he shouldn't have to make the payment because he pays too much in other areas of his life, such as a cable and satellite bill that exceeds $1,000. Wait, why are you spending that much on cable, Eddy? You better be getting every channel in the world.

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1. Deshawn Stevenson's ATM


This has to be, by far, the biggest waste of money that any athlete has ever made. Deshawn Stevenson is a solid NBA player, but made a very dumb purchase of an ATM for his kitchen -- not such a solid choice. Stevenson paid $3,500 for it and it contains $20,000 and is restocked four to six times a year. Here's the kicker, he charges friends and family a $4.50 transaction fee. That is money well spent, folks.