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Athletes | 9/3/22

Having access to a tremendous amount of money can be dangerous for some people, especially those who never had much of it or parents who were well-off. When star athletes make it to the big leagues, many of them aren’t financially literate and it shows in their purchases. Even when they’ve made it for a few years and get to sign a huge contract, they’ll usually be more inclined to splurge. Although some know how to maintain their savings and can make whatever purchases they wish, don’t even get us started on what certain retired players do with their money. Here are the athletes that spend their fortunes on ridiculous things!

Michael Jordan Soars Through The Sky

It must be a g.o.a.t thing. Tom Brady has a precious jet, and so does His Airness, Michael Jordan. When you’re a billionaire sports icon, you can spend (or waste) your riches however you wish.

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Jordan Brand via Getty Images

Jordan purchased a customized “MJ-G550” for a whopping $30 million. He had his logo placed on the aircraft, and in 2017, he gave it a complete color change to an elephant print motif. The legend continues to fly with style, years after retirement.

Aaron Rodgers Loves Sports

Super Bowl champion Aaron Rodgers isn’t only a fan of the NFL, but he loves competition overall. One of his favorite athletes was Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Laker. Bryant’s final season was in 2016. The quarterback showed up and sat courtside, a ticket that cost over $11,000 according to SeatGeek. That’s some kid’s tuition.

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Harry How/Getty Images

Rodgers also owns a Culver’s location. The fast-food chain is known for its burgers.

Tyson And Tigers

Have you ever heard of a car salesman who was capable of obtaining white Bengal tigers? We hadn’t either, but when Mike Tyson was in jail, he called his car dealer up and asked for some tigers. Tyson had a desire to own supercars and large cats.

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The Ring Magazine via Getty Images

The car man secured three white Bengal tigers that cost $70,000 and another $4,000 a month to maintain. Thanks to going bankrupt, the championship boxer had to relinquish the felines in 2003. It’s still a mystery where they are now.

Iverson Loved Jewelry!

Usually, the adornment of jewelry rests solely in the hands of music artists. Allen Iverson was that at one point, but at the end of the day, he was a basketball player. At one point, Iverson was really short on money, primarily because he tried to live like he was still in the NBA after he was out.

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

When he played overseas, he made around $60,000 a month, but his expenses were $350,000. Iverson was still buying a lot of jewelry during this time and at one point, was forced to cough up $900,000 in court for the unpaid expenses.

Smile For The Camera

In 2009, some reports said that running back Chris Johnson missed the team bus to the game because he ran back to his hotel. The reason? He forgot his gold dentures. Maybe he couldn’t do well without them?

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Thank goodness he doesn’t have to worry about doing that anymore because he got gold implanted teeth! Estimates total up to $8.1 thousand for the six teeth. That’s an expensive set of teeth he had in his mouth. We hope he never gets them knocked out!

Scottie And His Jet

Many have probably caught wind of this story, but we have to tell it once again. 2002 wasn’t a great year for Scottie Pippen. The NBA champion wanted something luxurious, so he purchased a $4.3 million Gulfstream private plane.

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Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Haute Living

He didn’t know this plane needed work done on it before he could use it. The repairs it needed would’ve cost him one million dollars! As a result, the aircraft was on land for years, and Pippen sued his lawyer who didn’t attend the inspection. Luckily, he won that case and was awarded $2 million.

One Bed, One Man, One Mega Check

Al Jefferson is a big man. He’s no longer in the NBA, which probably makes him the biggest guy in the Chinese league. Now you get it, he’s one large individual, which is probably why he spent $23,000 on a bed.

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Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The dimensions of the bed were insane. It was ten by twelve feet! If you ask someone who lives in the Bay area, they will tell you that there are apartments smaller than that.

Vince Young Really Needed To Fly!

Before the start of the 2012 NFL season, the Buffalo Bills decided to release the former college star, Vince Young. Sadly, he had money problems because he would spend it in strange ways.

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Michael Kovac/WireImage

One example of this is when he wanted a “quiet, stress-free flight.” Young decided to buy 120 of the 130 total seats available on a Southwest flight. It wasn’t a private flight at all and ended up costing him at least $22,000.

Anyone Want A Segway?

When Arian Foster was still in the NFL, he made a pretty questionable investment. In March 2012, Foster signed a healthy contract extension that made him $43.5 million richer. His first thought: buy ten Segways.

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Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

He gave them all to the offensive linemen as a token of his appreciation for blocking guys so well for him. They were top class Segways that cost him a little under $7 thousand each! The thing is, they could only carry up to 270 pounds, and these linemen weighed at least 300!

Michael Jordan’s Yacht Has A Basketball Court

As of 2018, Michael Jordan is the fourth-wealthiest celebrity thanks to his impressive playing career and Air Jordan line of shoes. With all that money means not only can you afford a $30 million jet, you can also afford an $80 million yacht.

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David Cannon/Getty Images

The 230-foot-long yacht has eight cabins, a dining room, a full gym, and even a full-sized basketball court so he can fit in a game of hoops. According to TMZ, the costs don’t stop there. He pays $840,000 a week just to maintain it and keep it operational in dock.

The Posh Mansion Woods Purchased

Tiger Woods was the most prolific golfer on the face of this planet. He won many tournaments and earned a ridiculous amount of sponsor money. With those funds, Woods decided to buy the priciest home an athlete could have.

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Lynne Cameron/PA Images via Getty Images

Woods purchased a Jupiter Island, Florida mansion that sits on two waterfronts. It cost him $40 million, but after adding on to it, the total was around $60 million. He has four gold greens, a 6,400 square-foot gym, and an oxygen therapy room.

Darius Miles Wanted Some Obscure Art

Once upon a time, not too long ago, Darius Miles was a pretty good basketball player. He once put 30-inch wheels on his car, but that doesn’t compare to his wildest purchase.

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Stephen Dunn /Allsport

Miles had the $100 bill Benjamin Franklin painted on the side of his vehicle’s hood. That already sounds wild, but the craziest part was what Franklin had in his mouth. He made Franklin have a lit joint, which was very controversial at the time.

Arenas Had A Shark Budget

The former NBA All-Star, Gilbert Arenas was a funny individual. Now that he’s out the league, he’s showcasing his humorous side on social media, but something insane that he did while in the NBA was get a shark budget.

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Keipher McKennie/WireImage

Documents from a settlement from his ex-girlfriend, the ridiculous things Arenas spent his money on came into the light. Arenas had a $6,500 monthly shark budget. He spent $5,000 on the food and an additional $1,500 on the keeper.

She Might As Well Be A Property Manager

Tennis superstar Serena Williams’ guilty pleasure when it comes to spending isn’t something you’d usually expect to see or hear. She isn’t treating herself to special new rackets or candy, but instead, she buys property.

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Mike Stobe/Getty Images

When Maverick Carter asked her how much she owned, her response was, “I don’t know, a lot.” She has properties in Paris, Manhattan, West Palm Beach, and many other luxurious destinations. She even regrets when she sells them according to her.

Taming A Gator

Former defensive player Darnell Dockett likes to play with danger, it seems. While he may be a pretty large guy, there are some things or animals you don’t mess with unless trained.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Not long ago, the player tweeted, “I’m out here messing with these gators in everglades!” Then he said one of them almost bit him! Still, this wasn’t enough to prevent him from spending $500 on a baby alligator that he would end up naming Nino.

Risky Business For Owens

Terrell Owens made a fortune but lost way faster than he made it. He would learn from his mistakes, but not before he made an unpredictable investment in a bingo hall and entertainment complex.

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Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

The NFL policy said that players couldn’t spend their money on entities like that, but Owens spent $2 million of his money anyway. To add insult to injury, the electronic bingo devices were illegal in Alabama. Owens would sue the attorney that encouraged him to make the investment.

Granger Builds A Batcave

There are millions of ways to blow through your money. We’d never imagine that building a Batcave would be one of them. Former Indiana Pacer All-Star, Danny Granger, put together a Batcave at his house.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

“I was telling my fiancee I wanted to have — once again with the superhero thing — you know how Batman drives into a hidden cave? I’m serious. [The Superhero stuff] is just a big thing I’ve been a part of. I love Superman, love Batman. It’s just the way I’ve been always,” Granger said.

Shaq Loves Superman

Shaquille O’Neal has a ton of money. He’s a savvy investor, and he made a boatload while in the NBA. That gives him a little freedom to spend his cash on unnecessary things like customized Superman luxury items.

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L. Cohen/WireImage

The total amount he shelled out for this isn’t public knowledge, but rumors are that he spent $15,000 on the bed alone. The custom SUV set him back around $45,000 as well. You don’t come between a man and his love for Superman.

One Expensive Bathtub

Mike Tyson has a reputation for being wild. The legends of Tyson range from biting an opponent’s ear (which is true) to buying Bengal tigers (also true). Something he wasted big cash on was a bathtub.

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Anthony Barboza/Getty Images

Out of all the blown money he’s thrown out the window, we can’t imagine that he’d want anything back faster than the $2 million he spent on his ex-wife Robin Givens. That all went towards a bathtub for her.