Some athletes go over the top not just in the court or playing field but in their purchases as well. And this doesn’t include shopping sprees and dining in expensive restaurants. It’s more about buying private jets that cost more than the benefits it provides and a mansion with a hundred rooms that would cause a gazillion to maintain.
In the hands of the right people, these purchases may be a dream come true, but with these people? They’re just horrendous nightmares.
#5 – Mike Tyson and his Bengal Tigers
What’s with the tigers? Isn’t he scary enough already? I mean, he’s called “Iron Mike” and I’m pretty sure it isn’t because of his work as an iron craftsman. So, back to the tigers: keeping tigers can be expensive. How? Meat costs a lot, reaching up to more than 50 grand a year with a single feline that big. Yikes!
Also, safety is definitely not guaranteed around these pets so if a certain neighborhood kid gets mauled or bitten by these beasts, Mike’s gonna have to pay for that sorry kid’s ass.
#4 – J.R. Smith’s Black Jesus Piece
Yes, it’s all about the bling. And that ain’t so bad, right? Heck, he can have any jewelry he wants as long as he has the money to pay for it. However, not being able to pay a jewelry store for about 50K worth of jewelry can’t be good publicity, especially when one of the pieces is of a Black Jesus. Yes, you read that right. This dude owes Lemmerman’s $25,000 because of a Black Jesus pendant.
#3 – Floyd Mayweather’s $16M Necklace
And the necklace ain’t even for him—it’s for his fiancé, Shantel Jackson. What piece of jewelry would have cost this much, you ask? A 27.64-carat diamond necklace is pretty much it. Yes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend but really now, $16M??? You gotta be kidding me.
#2 – Scottie Pippen’s Private Jet
Leaving on a jet plane never sounded more expensive (and at the same time, ridiculous) than Pippen’s $3.4M purchase. First question: where would an ex-NBA player need to go to actually have to use this jet? Second: why didn’t he know that an additional $1M were still needed for certain repairs on his beloved plane? It’s frustrating, isn’t it?
And you know what the worst part is? The jet no longer exists. Well, it does, actually. The jet had to be grounded and cannot do any traveling for this superstar’s business or pleasure, so it’s not really a jet plane but more like a trailer with wings. Talk about wasting millions.
#1 – Evander Holyfield’s Mansion
The award for Worst Purchase Ever Made by an Athlete goes to “The Real Deal” himself, Mr. Evander Holyfield. This four-time world champion who’s ear got bitten by aforementioned boxer Mike Tyson had a 54,000 square foot home, which is usually not a bad thing, except Holyfield doesn’t really have the capacity to maintain the 109 rooms and two bowling alleys, not to mention the over a hundred thousand dollar annual tax on the property.
Eventually, he had to sell it at auction for a whopping $7.5M. Wow. Just… wow.
You can idolize them all you want but don’t EVER make the same mistakes in your entire life, PLEASE.