Running back Jamal Lewis is just the latest pro sports great to file for bankruptcy in the face of financial woes. (Photo by Kevin Terrell/Getty Images)
Former NFL star Warren Sapp owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony, according to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in South Florida. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
Travis Henry blames his bankruptcy on legal troubles, drug issues and the $180,000 he pays out yearly to his baby-mommas. There are 11 children by 10 different women. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
In 2003 Mike Tyson filed for bankruptcy, claiming that he is “unable to pay [his] bills,” which total about $27 million, according to federal court records. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
In 2007 Marion Jones $2.5 million mansion was foreclosed and the sprinter was heavily in debt, fighting off court judgments and left with a bank balance of about $2,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Lawrence Taylor was the highest paid of his era and went bankrupt despite raking in $50 million. (Photo by Tom Berg/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Latrell Sprewell – In 2009, his house went up for foreclosure and he had to sell his $1.3 million yacht to help make payments on the boat. Since then he has been facing a $200 million lawsuit from his girlfriend as well as another foreclosed home. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Ringing up nearly $41,000 in monthly expenses, including child support to eight kids and his mother’s house payment, former NBA guard Kenny Anderson filed for bankruptcy in October 2005.
Despite $250 million in career earnings, the four-time heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield saw his home foreclosed on and got sued for falling behind in child support payments with 11 children. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for IWC)
Duece McAllister filed bankruptcy for a car dealership he owned. Nissan says McAllister owes more than $6.6 million and nearly $300,000 in interest. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
Antoine Walker made $110 million and it’s all gone. He owed $4 million to creditors and pleaded guilty to writing bad checks amounting to $750,000 to casinos. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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Former Super Bowl-winning running back Jamal Lewis, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, has joined a growing list of black professional athletes who have filed for bankruptcy on their way to being broke. Lewis has learned to earn money and spend it with ease. He continues to earn $35,000 a month and is self-employed, but this pales in comparison to the millions he was making while playing professional football. According to the paperwork, the former NFL star filed for Chapter 11 in Atlanta and has $14, 455, 854 in assets, but has $10, 566, 765.18 in debts, according to TMZ. Lewis owns five homes, a slew of cars, a $500,000 401(k) and 50 percent ownership in Fort Rapids Indoor Water park in Columbus, OH (worth about $6 million).
The hard times that Jamal Lewis is falling on got theGrio thinking about what other black athletes have filed for bankruptcy since their playing days. We compiled a list: some of the names are like a blast from the past, while others may leave you a bit surprised.
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