Be Still My Bleeding Heart
You might think it would be hard for a columnist to write a sympathetic story about a former NFL player who blew through $9 million, who had six children by six different women (none of whom he apparently married).
But Michael Rosenberg is up to the task
Where did the money go?"Just take a $9-million figure," Blades said. "Forty percent, right off the bat, goes to Uncle Sam. And then the state and local taxes. Let's say 50 percent of your money is already gone. You're down to $4.5 million, averaging about $450,000 a year. Just in child support I was paying almost $17,000-$18,000 a month."
Burgess said Blades already had paid more than $1.3 million in child support. According to court records, $243,000 has gone to Ashley Healey.
And then there were the house and gifts for his parents.
And there were the down payments on cars and houses for his siblings. Blades has six.
Don't you just love that last bit? Well, he had to buy the cars and houses for his siblings, and after all, he does have six of them.
Blades' defense is laughable:"You can call it irresponsible for having the kids so close together from so many different women," Blades said. "I was always taught, regardless of whether you're being irresponsible, as long as you live up to your responsibility, you're being a man. Nobody who knows me well can ever say I wasn't a father to these kids."
Yes, except that he hasn't been keeping up with the child-support payments.