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I remember a few years ago, on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, a picture of NFL player Vincent Young.
The image was taken shortly after Young won the NCAA championship for the Texas Longhorns, the institution that has made billions on the backs of unpaid black athletes. On the cover of the magazine were the words “I was born to play football at The University of Texas.”
When I saw the quote on that cover, that’s when I knew Young was doomed.
Since that time, Vincent Young has been cut from the Buffalo Bills, possibly ending his NFL career. He became depressed and suicidal a few years ago after losing his starting spot with the Tennessee Titans. He has also gotten some attention for blowing $30 million dollars in six years by “making it rain” at the club and reportedly spending $5,000 per week at The Cheesecake Factory.
Young isn’t the first, or the last, professional athlete to blow through money like he didn’t want it. Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens and Allen Iverson are some other recent examples, as we get to watch our nation’s gladiators melt down into little punks as they cry about the fact that they’ve lost it all.