The problem with professional athletes going broke is that a lot of them have never had a job before and don't realize that making $1,000,000+ a year is not what you will be making forever. If you come into money later on in life, you can appreciate the hard work that goes into earning your pay. When you go through your whole life with people giving you everything because you are good at sports, you take for granted that people will just freely hand you what ever you want for the rest of your life. That being said you get $100,000 per game it is no problem spending $16,000 because you have another game check coming next week. When their careers are over they still want to spend $16,000 a night out, but aren't making anywhere near that money.
Ask anyone you know who did wait tables, they will tell you about the money they made. You get cash money every day, so you go out and party every night. It's hard to save anything, because you spend it so freely because it's just sitting there burning a hole in your pocket. It's similar, but no where near the same amounts of money, as being a professional athlete. When you do get that job with a weekly or biweekly paycheck it takes a while to be able to make that last all week long. After a while you do get used to it, but it so easy to spend and so hard to make.
I don't have one iota of sympathy for any pro athlete who goes broke. Too many of us regular folks get laid-off, can't pay for kids' college educations, and many lose their houses to foreclosure. So why should I care for some guy who made million$ playing a child's game, and blows it ? Keep in mind that most start their careers @ 21, and are of adult age... Bc
So understanding that these kids are frequently taken advantage of by people who they are supposed to be able to trust, and are very often not given the proper education with regards to managing large sums of money is the same as saying they're not responsible for their own actions?
I can understand the gaps these guys fall into without absolving them of their share of responsibility, and in doing so am able to scrounge up that iota of sympathy that you can't find.
I don't give them a free pass for it, but it is the way it is. Tavon Austin mentioned that after getting drafted, all of the sudden a lot of "Family members" started talking to him more than they ever had in the past.
Luckily for him, he understands the pitfalls (at least somewhat) and is aware that people are going to be coming for money from him, so he needs to be careful.
Family is tough. They guilt you into feeling like if you don't help them out, you're not good people. But those same people are probably asking for it because they're in bad shape, and they're looking for whatever outlet they can find to make an easy buck. In those cases, it's not like these guys are "making it rain". They're getting talked into bad deals which they think are helping family, but in many cases are really just chucking money to a freeloader.
I thought it was 20%. That's what I've been paying - 18% if service isn't so hot. Nothing
if it's terrible.
15% went out years ago and I learned that over in the other forum and guys jumped
on me for paying 15%. I didn't know it went up to 20%. I paid more than than
last night because I eat at the same places every week and they know me so I pay
I'll leave nothing if the service is really bad but I'll always tell them why.