Chad Johnson and 10 Former Sports Stars Who Have Fallen On Hard Times

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Chad Johnson and 10 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 10 more athletes like Ochocinco who have fallen on hard professional times

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10. Plaxico Burress

10. Plaxico Burress
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10. Plaxico Burress

10. Plaxico Burress
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9. Mike Bibby

9. Mike Bibby
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9. Mike Bibby

9. Mike Bibby
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8. Scott Rolen

8. Scott Rolen
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8. Scott Rolen

8. Scott Rolen
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7. Vince Young

7. Vince Young
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7. Vince Young

7. Vince Young
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6. Ed Reed

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6. Ed Reed

6. Ed Reed
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5. Matt Leinart

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5. Matt Leinart

5. Matt Leinart
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4. Chauncey Billups

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4. Chauncey Billups

4. Chauncey Billups
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3. Alex Rodriguez

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3. Alex Rodriguez

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

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.

  • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

          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.

    • 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.

  • 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!