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Former NFL Star Warren Sapp Begging for Relief from His Five Baby Mamas

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Ex-NFL superstar Warren Sapp has fallen upon hard times lately.  The former Miami Hurricane great is finding that child support is not as much fun as making babies, and is now begging the courts to give him a reduction in the 2,500 per month he’s paying one of the many women with whom he has fathered a child.

According to TMZ, Sapp filed paperwork requesting that his support obligations to Angela Sanders be dropped from the existing obligation of $2,500 per month, which should be chump change for a player who once signed a 7-year, $36.6 million dollar contract with the Oakland Raiders.  For the record, that means that he earned over $14,000 a day, or about $429,000 per month, making $2,500 seem pale in comparison.

Obviously, Sanders is a little bit irritated by Sapp’s request, since she made an agreement back in 2000 that the support would not be modified based on changes in income.   At the time, she could have easily demanded as much as $10,000 per month, but instead took a modest amount that probably made her look stupid to her friends.  So, the woman doesn’t appear to be anyone’s gold digger, and some would say that a millionaire should be paying far more to take care of his children.

Years later, after filing for bankruptcy protection and blowing all of his money on all kinds of stupid stuff, including 240 pairs of rare Air Jordans,  Sapp is now whining to the courts for sympathy, even though they may end up putting his b**t in jail.  Not only does Sapp owe big money to Sanders, but he’s got four other mothers standing line, hands on their hips, wondering why the checks stopped coming in.

As  a Finance Professor, I often cringe  when I see how young brothers allow their arrogance to lead them to make horrible life decisions that leave them destitute, depressed, marginalized and possibly incarcerated.  You’re the big man on campus when you’re catching passes on TV and hip hop music teaches you that “a real n*gga gotta keep his hoes in check.”  So, you’re running through women like Black Friday sales at Walmart, always forgetting that chickens (and baby mamas) always come home to roost.

Years later, when the financial party is over and none of the teams are blowing up your phone the way they used to, you find yourself with little education, no good investments, and a long list of creditors, dependents and “ignant” financial obligations.   That’s when the hero has turned into a zero, and you get to spend the next 40 years paying the price for a series of unintelligent and exceedingly arrogant decisions (there were surely many people who tried to give Sapp good advice along the way, but dollar bills up to your ears can make you hard of hearing).

A full 78% of professional athletes end up going broke, much of this due to inadequate financial education and poor family planning.  The NFL’s financial responsibility seminars aren’t doing the job, and these men who threw away all of their educational opportunities for the chance to risk permanent brain damage often find that a) there are easier ways to make money than this, and b) an uneducated man and his money will usually part ways.

I’m not here to b**t up on Warren Sapp, for I wish him well.   Instead, I’d rather encourage all of us to see the life of Warren Sapp as a living, breathing text book on how to engage in good life management.  Here are a couple of things we can learn from this latest episode of the Maury Povich Show for Negroes:

1) No matter what you do, always get a good education:  Athletes, I hate to say it, are used up and distributed like cattle.  The athlete is almost never as well off as his Harvard-educated attorney, and it’s shameful that so many black men are taught that the false lottery ticket of sports is their only way to financial security.  Remaining uneducated only opens the door for a smart person to steal all your money while you’re at the club gulping bottles of Patron and creating baby mamas with 2Chainz playing in the background.  All such forms of coonery should be outlawed all violators should be s*****d on sight.

2) Be thoughtful about where you spread your seed:  The rule of thumb for the thoughtless, perpetually aroused young male is this: “If she looks good, and she offers, then I’m gonna hit that.” But we often forget that irresponsibility in the bedroom can lead to enough STDs to turn you into a walking CDC alert, and also lead you to be strapped onto a person you barely know or care about for the next 18 years.   Be smart about your choices when it comes to the opposite gender, for these  choices play a tremendous role in shaping the trajectory of your life.

It’s time to change the paradigm of the black athlete in America instead of repeating the same old story.  By educating ourselves and each other, we can create progress instead of going backward.  While the stories about men like Warren Sapp are blasted all over the media, we should also consider the stories of brilliant men like Allan Houston (former NY Knick) and Etan Thomas (Washington Wizards), who not only made sound financial decisions, but are also extraordinary role models, very well-educated and outstanding family men.   I am moderating a panel on fatherhood at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem with both men on December 6th of this year and I swell up with pride when I see black male athletes using their powerful platforms to do something other than to serve as a puppet for corporate America:  The black community is suffering, with the black male at risk of extinction – we need our best, brightest and baddest to lend their voices to the people they love.

The life you live tomorrow is created by the choices you make today.  Learning from the good and bad decisions of those who came before you is critical to your survival.   But living the fast life without proper planning is like driving 100 miles per hour while wearing a blind fold:  The c***h is both painful and inevitable.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “Black American Money.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


57 Responses to Former NFL Star Warren Sapp Begging for Relief from His Five Baby Mamas

  1. Michael S. Reply

    January 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Plain and simple. If you have unprotected s*x, you plan on having a baby. Yes, it takes two. But, Warren was the one making the decision to risk his wealth. He is the slow thinking, irresponsible and undisciplined constant in all of this.

  2. JC Reply

    January 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    This is what SINFUL BEHAVIOR will get you!! Get control of your lustful ways and seek God and He will make a way for him to manage the mothers, his children and his life. Get off of your high horse and humble yourself and turn to God while you can, tomorrow is not promised to anyone!

  3. Mz Reply

    November 29, 2012 at 6:31 am

    These white girls get paid and these ni s can pay b4 or afterwards. Smh

  4. cambie Reply

    November 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    These athletes go broke for a number of reasons. The main reason is that they fail to save their money. They spend until it is all gone. Pro athletes fail to realize that they have a narrow window of opportunity in which to make their money. These men and women need to invest their money and reduce their living expenses. The baby momma issues reflects the athletes general lack of discipline and planning.

    I hate to hear these people referred to millionaires. Most millionaires live off of capital gains. These guys are salaried and pay taxes at a much higher rate than most millionaires.


  5. Codrington C. Dapp Reply

    November 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Stop spending all of your money on rims…typical behavior of people who aren’t used to having anything…

  6. Habibal Reply

    November 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Very well written article. It needs to be read by young men and young women. Education is key. Practice safe s*x. Abstain set your goals in life and go for them. Get married and there shouldn’t be any baby mommas or poppas

  7. Candidman Reply

    November 27, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Although black men can be a little careless with the women, these athletes aren’t stupid as the media make them out to be. I don’t think they’re going broke because of the children. I think they’re going broke because of those wicked financial representatives, who tend to deceive the smartest on many occasions, basically because these are young black males. But we tend to digress and focus on the black athletes lifestyles instead.

    • RAN Reply

      November 27, 2012 at 7:16 am

      That’s because part of the lifestyle is caring more about getting stuff (women, cars, things, etc) than staying on top of your money. It’s much harder for a financial rep to deceive you when you’re paying attention than it is when you are not. If we can get our young men with money to focus on being wealthy and what to do with that wealth I’m hoping this conversation will be unnecessary in the future.

  8. Candidman Reply

    November 27, 2012 at 12:34 am

    When you have 78% black male athletes wounding up broke, something else is wrong that’s not being addressed. Having all those kids is no excuse either, but it’s hard not to have kids by multiple women when most of them are just as careless or even less careless than you are, especially if your a rich public figure. Just like the article indicates, it only takes one night.

    Like I said, something else is wrong here, because black men,although they can be a little careless qit the women

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