Chad Johnson and 15 Former Sports Stars Who Have Fallen On Hard Times

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Chad Johnson and 15 Former Stars Who Just Need To Hang It Up

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Chad Johnson has fallen a long way since playing for the Patriots back in 2011. He's now so desperate to play football (and possibly for money) that he's signed on to play for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

If he just loves the game, good for him. But either way, his fall from grace has been a sad one.

Let's look at 15 more athletes like Ochocinco who have fallen on hard professional times

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15. Steven Jackson

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15. Steven Jackson

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14. Steve Nash

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14. Steve Nash

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13. Sidney Rice

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13. Sidney Rice

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12. Andrew Bynum

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12. Andrew Bynum

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11. Greg Oden

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11. Greg Oden

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10. Plaxico Burress

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10. Plaxico Burress

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9. Mike Bibby

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9. Mike Bibby

9. Mike Bibby
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8. Scott Rolen

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8. Scott Rolen

8. Scott Rolen
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7. Vince Young

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7. Vince Young

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6. Ed Reed

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6. Ed Reed

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5. Matt Leinart

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5. Matt Leinart

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4. Chauncey Billups

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4. Chauncey Billups

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3. Alex Rodriguez

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3. Alex Rodriguez

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2. Antoine Walker

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2. Antoine Walker

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1. Manny Ramirez

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1. Manny Ramirez

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  • SZ4L

    Yeah I’m sure you would walk away from 30 million a year wouldn’t you?

  • Ann’onymous

    Curt Schilling would have been another great addition over A-rod simply because Arod really isn’t going to live too tough of a life.

    • Rick Eger

      Lenny Dykstra!

    • Gregory J. Toma

      Schilling is a baseball analyst on major network television as well as ESPN.

    • Rick Eger

      Schilling was a gamer!

  • FreeSpeechOrDieHarder

    what a screwed-up implementation. Thanks for nothing.

  • Sheldon Smith

    disagree on the Plaxico Burress needing to hang it up

    • Rick Eger

      Agree I hope he catches on somewhere!

  • Jim

    No sympathy for Antoine Walker. He had it all and lost it all gambling. No one to blame but himself. He had a shot at a good life after basketball and blew it. No one should feel bad for him.

    • The Daddy Phantom

      Gambling is a disease and an addiction. So I do feel sorry for him.

      • Rick Eger

        Cancer is a disease not gambling…..you can quit gambling but try to quit cancer.

        • Gregory J. Toma

          Yes, cancer is a disease….usually caused by an addiction. The three largest causes of cancer and heart disease are addictions to smoking and drinking, as well as obesity (eating addiction).

          So by your logic, only addictions to things that you might have trouble with are worthy of sympathy? And sense you don’t gamble it’s okay for you to look down upon those that do, because your above them, right?

          • Rick Eger

            People throw the word….disease around wayyyyy too often! What it boils down too is gambling is a weakness not a disease. Right?

          • Gregory J. Toma

            No, what it boils down to is that gambling is human. As I pointed out, it’s no more of a “weakness” than smoking, drinking, or overeating. We all have weaknesses that help us cope with life’s hardships, and to deem someone unworthy of sympathy because of theirs is ignorant and hypocritical.

            If anything, at least gambling has an upside and in terms of the business world, is often necessary for success. Feeding addictions of smoking, drinking, and overeating (all equivalent of giving yourself a disease) on the other hand, have no upside.

            So maybe, the problem isn’t that people throw around the word “disease” too often. But rather the word itself is given too much power and significance in the first place. More importantly though, maybe people need to be a bit more compassionate towards things they don’t understand. Because regardless of what you call it, whether it be a disease, illness, addiction, syndrome, disorder, etc, they are all human. And unless you are perfect, you should act like one.

          • James Brown

            You have a mental disease @Toma, It’s called stupid!!! Then you want others to be stupid along with you. Sorry, I’m not playing a long with you.

          • fackinmidigtook

            look at Washington D.C. i think “stupid” is a disease and everyone there is infected…..and obummer is in the I.C.U. ward about to succumb from it

    • baileyjtb661

      It wasn’t all gambling. He was a victim of fairweather friends/family bleeding him dry,At one point there was over 40 people authorized on his credit cards.

      • Rick Eger

        Then he’s a fool.

        • The Daddy Phantom

          And you’re an insensitive A hole looking for attention by talking out of the side of your neck online.

          • Rick Eger

            I don’t care what you think Moron!

          • Jim

            Regardless of how he lost it it was his fault. How stupid is he to have 40 people using his credit cards. This moron doesn’t deserve sympathy from anyone and if you can’t see that you’re as big a fool as Antoine.

          • James Brown

            If it is a disease, then it’s a mental disease! Sound to me like you have one. You’ve got to be a very–very weak person to start something that you can’t stop. Running must be an addiction (disease), but I sure as heck can stop.

      • Jim

        Regardless, it was his own doing.

    • Dino_3

      Jim I don’t believe Twon cares about your sympathy. Besides get the facts straight before making a comment. Stop going off of what hear on Tv. Stephen A. did an exclusive interview with Twon and he explains how he lost the bulk of his money and it wasn’t gambling.

  • dbonedig

    Many star players do not have the education to invest their paychecks on something that will carry them through the remainder of their lives, after sports. They end up on the streets not even knowing that there are organizations that can help them. Some, as young as 25, their bodies destroyed by the grueling life of contact sports. In America, you can seek help but, you have to be brave enough to ask for it.

    • Rick Mathews

      It doesn’t take any education at all to listen to expert advice. LBJ talks frequently with Warren Buffet. My guess is he will not end up broke.

  • disqus_3xqWryxLgr

    What hard times? They’ve just passed their playing prime.

    • Run

      Some are really broke, like Antionne Walker! Eric Williams is broke and homeless; the article didn’t mention him.

      • Dale Holmgren

        Some are flat broke and in debt, like Bill and Hillary were. It happens.

  • Sam Uel

    How exactly does Scott Rolen qualify for this post? The guy hasn’t announced his retirement yet and therefore he is in “Hard Times”? 7 time all star, 2000 hits, 7 gold gloves… he’s had a fantastic career.

  • Sanderson Kramer

    So if you are retired or out of the game , you have hard times even if you have millions of dollars like many of these guys. Where do they find these writers? At a 3rd grade equivalency test?

  • Zack Greenberg

    Mike Bibby is the greatest of all time and is now a coach of his son, Mike Bibby Jr., who just won the entire Arizona state championship and is looking to be a future NBA superstar. He is doing pretty well I think.

    • Glennjo

      Mike Bibby is the greatest what of all time?

      • actionjackson

        current greatest mike bibby of all time

  • CommonSense

    Ha

  • Tom

    You Left Out T.O. So many Baby Daddy deals for him and just stupid, I guess. Made Millions and got nothing left. But he will go to HOF. A Real Shame.

  • MrGJG

    Stupid and misleading post. I should suffer such hard times as these millionaires.

  • TheZuluNation

    Chauncey Billups will be fine. I’m sure he’ll likely land a FO job or an assistant coach gig.

  • Lexus Nexus

    I never cared for Chad Johnson. When he was in his prime, he was good, yet once he scored a touchdown, his end-zone antics were a shameful display of buffoonery and ignorance. He’s a fool. Had he just kept his mouth shut and played the game hard, letting his actions speak louder than his words, he might still be playing. He could’ve made more money in endorsements. Instead, he’s just another bald-headed, underachieving loser, desperate for a job.
    Bibby and Billups I always liked. These two were humble and simply played to the best of their abilities. I wish the best for them. A-Rod, I have never been impressed with. I’m not surprised that he was caught cheating. Don’t care what happens to him. I’m surprised Terrell Owens is not on here. See the comments above about Chad Johnson. They also apply to Owens.

    • Rick Eger

      Wow a little harh don’t ya think? I’ve always’ liked Johnson, he seemed to me like a guy who wanted too have fun.

      • Lexus Nexus

        Harsh? It’s my opinion, you don’t have to agree. Not sorry that my view offends your delicate sensibilities. I’m not interested in players who want to have “fun”. What are you, a lark? I would classify his attempt to have “fun” as stereotypical buffoonery that is embarrassing to his race, both black and human. People are not interested in black athletes who act like buffoons. I believe in the old school: play a game hard, put in an honest effort, exercise humility, and let that speak for itself. We don’t need these black players entertaining like Stepin Fetchit.

        • Guest

          Ahhh there’s the root of your problem…..you’re racist!

          • Lexus Nexus

            Prove it.

          • Rick Eger

            The proof’s in your comments..

          • Lexus Nexus

            My comments about the buffoonery that is Chad Johnson and his ilk, stand. What you think about me personally, is irrelevant.

          • Gregory J. Toma

            Aside from being an ignorant hypocritical racist, you are also far less intelligent than you think you are. Obviously “buffoonery” is your new word of the week, considering you have used it in every post and apparently don’t know a single synonym. But you should probably at least know how to use it properly if you are going to make it your motto. Buffoonery is a behavior or practice, not a person. So when you say “the buffoonery that is Chad Johnson”, the only one who looks like a buffoon is you. My advice….learn a new word.

          • Lexus Nexus

            Buffoonery is the best word to use to describe the type of ignorant behavior employed by Chad Johnson and his ilk. He’s a fool, which is why he is no longer wanted in the league. Doesn’t bother me in the least that such a word bothers you. It hits too close to home I suppose, but that’s your problem.

            My use of that term is appropriate because I am describing a behavior and this behavior defines who Chad Johnson is. In other words, Chad Johnson IS his behavior. Try to keep up. Your interpretation of my use of the term “buffoonery” was completely wrong.

            Again, your opinion me is irrelevant. My point still stands and it is the truth. I take solace in the fact that you have given me the power to move you with my opinion so effectively presented.

          • Lexus Nexus

            Still waiting for that proof….

          • Rick Eger

            You mean proof about Chad Johnson? Chad didn’t waste his career….he had 766 receptions for over 11,000 yards and scored 67 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Bengals and Patriots….if he could still play at a high level he wouldn’t be in Canada right now he’d be on an NFL roster…..and I doubt very highly he gives a rats @ss about what you think of him.

          • Lexus Nexus

            You have been unsuccessful at proving that I’m a racist.

          • William Cassaday

            Look at his past comments, its all motivated by hatred and/or racially charged. Fuck that idiot

          • William Cassaday

            You know you want Lance Stephenson blowin in your ears.

        • Rick Eger

          Did you catch Incognito’s act?

          • Lexus Nexus

            Who is Incognito?

          • Rick Eger

            Aww that’s right he’s white so he’s ok!

        • Rick Eger

          Ahhh there’s the root of your problem…..you’re a racist!!!! Don’t give yourself so much credit you hardly offend me…do you know Donnie Sterling?

          • Lexus Nexus

            I did get your under wear in a bundle. Easy to do with larks. My perspective on the absurdity that is the buffoonery of players like Chad, remains just that, my perspective. As I said, you don’t have to agree. To you, he’s “OK” because he looks like he’s “having fun”. I think that’s an incredibly shallow perspective, but if that’s how you look at life, that’s your prerogative. Don’t feel threatened by my deeper perspective on the problem he represents.

        • Vonn

          You seem rather hung up on his race. Make your points, but being black has nothing to do with his ridiculous starve for the limelight tactics. And buffoonery and lack of class are not the sole province of black athletes. Can you not think of any other non black athletes you could name to show a balanced perspective. Maybe then you could be taken a bit more seriously.

          • Lexus Nexus

            I am taken very seriously here judging by the responses. I’m merely stating what the great Jim Brown did in his observation about black athletes and the way they act today.

            Check it out on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGpcifQcgrA

            I sense that a lot of you attempting to attack my comments, and those of the great Jim Brown, are young and stupid. You don’t have respect for people who know more than you do, people who have been here longer, and have far more wisdom than you do. It is this type of utter stupidity that supports the embarrassing behavior of players like Chad Johnson. I agree with Jim Brown’s sentiments wholeheartedly.

            My comments here are strictly targeted for black players absolutely. The reason is that given the history of racism in this country, and the dignities that were fought for during the Civil Rights Era, the race cannot afford to have athletes like Chad Johnson acting like a damn BUFFOON when performing on the grand stage. The inherent dignity of the race disallows it.

            More comments in opposition? Bring it.

          • Rick Eger

            We all know how great Brown was as a football player, but that was the 60′s times have changed….maybe you haven’t noticed?

          • Lexus Nexus

            My God man, I can’t take you seriously with an asinine observation like this. Your lack of intelligence, especially in this area, must violate some law of nature. I hope you get better. You miss the substance of this entirely.

          • Rick Mathews

            Changed for the worse.

          • William Cassaday

            It must suck to not have opinions of your own.

    • Guest

      No it’s not that you offend me but I don’t think Chad’s actions were that bad. Also if he still had talent he’d have a job somewhere.

      • Lexus Nexus

        The harshness of my evaluation of Chad rubbed you the wrong way. There’s no shame in admitting that. We don’t have to agree. He had great talent but squandered it because he lacks character. I reserve my admiration for athletes who exhibit BOTH. I don’t care for the buffoonery exhibited by many black athletes either. They act like fools. It shames the dignity of the race, shows no respect for those who fought even died so that black people can have a respectful, dignified place in this society, and makes them look like stereotypical buffoons. Chad Johnson is a shameful symbol of this disgraceful behavior.

        • JLewis

          if you are narrow minded enough to see one black man doing what Chand Johnson did and think that it makes a whole race look bad, then it is you who needs to take a step back and really see what is going on….

          • William Cassaday

            I bet he really hates Johnny Football.

  • Joey Shiver

    This article is stupid. Most of these people haven’t “fallen on hard times” . . they’ve gotten older. Chauncey Billups is an NBA champion who has a wealth of experience to pass onto younger guards in the league and he’s able to do it while still lacing them up.

  • hardcore2ybrain

    I see hard times as, I used to be rich- now I’m homeless and broke. I don’t see hard times as I used to be 26 now I’m 36- Or, I used to play, now I’m retired.

  • Rick Eger

    Yea for sure A-Rod really strapped for cash!

  • Brenton Siddons

    What is so bad about playing for the Al’s, great team, great tradition, great City so he blew his wad…at least he is working…

  • Ed D

    I think that all these guys had a chance to be something other then a athlete. They all attended good college and had a chance to get a degree for free but they only could see the mighty dollar. Now is time to come down and see what happen when you abuse your wealth and you have nothing you have stand in line like the rest of us. No more vacation with the rich and famous no more jumping ahead of the line because now you cant paid your way so you have to count on the grace of other. Welcome to hell here take a seat and wait for your number and hope that it come quick so you would not have to suffer for a long time or take the quick route and end it all like many other have done. Its good to see these guys fall they cost a lot of money to go and see them play and some people couldn’t take their kids and now they can tell them see show respect to money because you will need it in order to make it in this world. MONEY DOES BUY HAPPINESS IF YOU DONT HAVE IT LET ME KNOW HOW YOUR MAKING OUT.

  • Baho Puwetmoh

    respect to him for swallowing his pride and doing what it takes to earn an honest paycheck

  • Dolothegreat

    Where was it reported that Chad Johnson had fallen on hard times. Man doing research must be tough when you write for the interwebs…

  • Russell Woods

    Mike Bibby coached the Shadow Mountain Matadors to the 2014 Division II Arizona high school basketball championship, a team that starts his son, Michael. Doesn’t sound like hard times to me, unless you look at life though a one-dimensional lens. Coaching your son, a true D-I prospect at that, to a state title sounds like you’re doing pretty well.

  • bb91103

    Stupid title for the article. If they are not retired and are still getting paid how is that fallen on hard times. Steve Nash might not play more than 10 minutes a gane for the Lakers this season but he will be making over $9 million. I would like to fall into that hard a time.

  • tigerface

    Buy more bling and cars, and “make it rain” at the club with your homies. Who cares if you don’t invest or put any money away right?

  • Deenorwomen

    Walker’s story is not the saddest story you will ever hear. he lived the life of a millionaire and he has a good pension to look forward to. I know some people who spent most of their lives working for a companies and got laid off, and were left with nothing.

  • Chris borgioni

    The author of this article has fallen on hard times after writing this. Players that have had great careers and now are nearing retirement haven’t “fallen on hard times” idiot!

  • M. James

    He’s not the first athlete to go international at some point. It’s a smart move at maintaining his playing shape.

  • M. James

    Bibby’s got to find the right fit. Actually, there are a few teams he would be exceptional on, starting with Detroit. He might need to hire an agent who can negotiate contracts in a system that will employ his talent.

  • Jamie Rothamel

    Manny plays for the Iowa cubs

  • Hou Hou

    every time I even slightly begin to like Kobe Bryant I remember who Mike bibby is and who Mike Bibby was. Mike Bibby and his kings should have been champions in 2002 the NBA stole that from him and he’s never gotten another opportunity except with the heat in thier loss to the mavs. Bibby shoulda been on that mavs team with the rest of the vets. So loosing his rightful shot at a ring in 02 and 10 years later joing the heat just to retire with a ring and loosing to a team of veterans . . Thinking about your carrer if your Bibbythat’s some hard times. one of the best teams ever assembled and no ring. 2002 Sacramento Kings.

    But dude probably got good money.

    F#@% Kobe Bryant

  • Rick Mathews

    Why is it “sad” when a millionaire throws away all his money? Do “sad” and “stupid” mean the same thing?

  • ChadMedia

    Few on this list are on legit “hard times”, just merely passed their primes. Here’s some real cases of former stars on hard times:

    Darryl Strawberry
    Doc Gooden
    Lenny Dykstra
    Anyone featured in the 30 for 30 “Broke”
    Allan Iverson

  • Johnny

    Playing for the CFL is a “desperation move” now?! As if none of those guys are still athletes in a popular sport, and MANY are still making their way back/into the NFL?!

    “Rant Sports” is a perfect name, as this article is exactly that… *smh*

  • jamesbondone

    How can you criticize a person for seeking gainful and legal employment? I am sure the writer of this story has been fired several times in his career. Does that mean that “he” is “washed up”?

  • Young Whales

    I gotta stop clicking on these idiotic articles that are nothing more than an empty headline with baseless content.

  • Benkarkis

    Another really dumb article, how do I fall for this crap.

  • tedsfrozenhead

    What a hack job by this writer. Reporters report factually. Idiots spice their work up by throwing in made up crap.

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