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    How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke



    Want to know how NFL players (and ex-NFL players) go broke?

    Here's how...this is Shawn Merriman's tab from the bar last Sunday night: http://instagram.com/p/aYBiKemolx/

    Is that 1 bottle of water going for $36? Am I reading that right?

    Anyway, the reason this is in the news is because apparently Merriman overdosed ("got dehydrated") when he combined alcohol and "medication" and had to be rushed to the hospital. He's now reportedly fine. Good for him.

    So not only did he ring up a $16K bar tab, he probably stuck the taxpayers with a $3,000 ER bill.




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    Re: McKinnie returns.

    One bottle of water six times is how I read that.

    There's no way 1 red bull is 42 dollars, so I read that as 1 red bull times 6. 7 dollars a pop. Lol




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    13% tip?!?!

    That's embarrassing.
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    Re: How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    13% tip?!?!

    That's embarrassing.
    is that not alot?




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    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_uk View Post
    is that not alot?
    A customary tip for satisfactory service is 15% in the states.

    Lots of athletes here have a reputation being poor tippers but that's for another thread.
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    Re: How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    A customary tip for satisfactory service is 15% in the states.

    Lots of athletes here have a reputation being poor tippers but that's for another thread.
    Maybe it wasn't satisfactory service..




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    It looks like the 13% gratuity was included automatically, also, there was a 9% "service charge," which means he paid 22% over the tab, (and we don't actually know if he tipped over that either.)
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    Re: How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    13% tip?!?!

    That's embarrassing.
    13% tip and 9% service charge makes 22%. My guess is that the distribution of the money to the staff is different between tips and service charges, so they put it into two categories for accounting purposes. It also looks like a preset charge and not a voluntary tip.




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    Servers don't see that 9%
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    Re: How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke

    This just continues the trend of showing ridiculous bar tabs from athletes. The last one I saw was LeBron James, which trumped this for sure...

    http://www.brobible.com/entertainmen...abs-in-history

    And that's only #8 on the list. Now, I know...LBJ is making hand over fist dollars, Merriman is a has almost been. Still, this is just nuts.

    I watched ESPN 30 for 30 "Broke" this week. It was a bit tougher for me to follow than the normal 30 for 30 narrative (There's no narrator, just a collection of interviews interspliced to cover similar topics), but it was pretty eye opening. Guys explaining about how they compete with each other using their money (Who has biggest bling, who has fanciest cars, etc), guys explaining how family comes out of the woodworks when they get their money, then disappear when things get tight (One guy was said to have paid for a family member's house FULLY, the family member didn't pay one cent, and when that player washed out of sports, he was responsible for that mortgage without the family member lifting a finger). It's a good watch to see the players who start to understand where things go wrong for athletes.
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    Re: How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke

    Kelly Gregg will NEVER have this problem. Dude was cheap and drove around in used pickup trucks!




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    Our old buddy Kyle Boller would pull this move often when he and Tara Reed were together.

    Mad River used to have a receipt taped to their downstairs bar from him that was over $15k.
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    Re: How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    Servers don't see that 9%
    I would hope that is the bartenders portion of the tip. When I waited tables the waiters had to tip out the bar at the end of the night because of the drinks you ordered from the bar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    Servers don't see that 9%
    Again though, this is a reprint of the receipt, not the copy he was given and signed for, any tip over the included gratuity would only be on that copy and his copy if he chose to keep it.
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    Re: How Ex NFL'ers Go Broke

    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.


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