This came as more of a surprise here at the Nest than it probably should have, unfortunately.
TMZ is reporting today that former Ravens Pro-Bowl and Super Bowl winning cornerback Chris McAlister is out of money and is living in his parents’ basement.
Former NFL bad ass Chris McAlister — who signed a $55 MILLION contract in 2004 — claims he’s BROKE AS A JOKE and living with his parents … this according to court docs obtained by TMZ.
The ex-Baltimore Ravens defensive superstar has just filed new documents in his child support war with his ex-wife Marlene in the hopes of lowering his $11,000 per month obligation.
In the docs, Chris — a 1st round NFL draft pick in 1999 who played in the league for 10 years — states, “I have been unemployed since 2009. I have no income.”
He adds, “I live in my parent’s home. My parents provide me with my basic living expenses as I do not have the funds to do so.”
The whole “athlete goes from riches-to-rags” story is hardly an unfamiliar one, but that doesn’t make the individual instances of it any less tragic.
McAlister had the talent to be the best CB in the league during his playing years, but always seemed distracted by off-the-field pursuits – namely drinking and partying. His days as a Raven were numbered from the day “players’ coach” Brian Billick was replaced by disciplinarian John Harbaugh. Indeed, after McAlister caused some sort of scene at the hotel in Miami in Week 7 of the 2008 season, he never suited up in purple again. He appeared in three games for the New Orleans Saints during their Super Bowl year in 2009, but hasn’t played since.
Update: “Downtown Diane” took to twitter to dispute TMZ’s report:
The lesson here? As always, don’t trust TMZ.