We all know that athletes enjoy big salaries, and that many fall under the influence of money and start making mistakes, most often in their private lives. They lead a dissolute life and spend money on unnecessary things, alcohol and going out.
Many do not see anything wrong in that, and some after a certain period of life that is toxic, talk about their mistakes. J.R. SMITH (38) is a former basketball player who won NBA titles with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers in 2016 and 2020.
He was the 18th pick of the 2004 draft, and entered the best basketball league straight out of high school. He was chosen by the New Orleans Hornets, today's Pelicans. He later played for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and China's Zhejiang Golden Bulls.
J.R. Smith: I wasn't happy. We would say that it is good that he repented, he was young, but it is very important that famous athletes express their public opinion so that younger generations who look up to them get a first-hand impression.
Maybe it helps someone, but not all of us are resistant to the power that money actually gives. Many big names lived a life full of vices, spending money on alcohol, gambling, prostitution and ended up bankrupt. During his career, he earned about 90 million euros from sports contracts, and today he regrets that he spent part of that money needlessly.
"We'd rather throw $60,000 at a strip club than feed 2,500 people in the neighborhood," Smith said in a podcast. "I could have fed my whole community with the money I paid for being late for the bus. I only thought about myself.
I needed this designer jacket, those jeans, this bag..." added Smith, who averaged 12.4 points. .
"Who was I trying to impress? I wasn't happy. A lot of people looked up to me, thought it was cool. But it was bullshit," Smith said, adding that people formed an image of him before they met him.
J.R. Smith publicly stated this problem, which is becoming more and more prevalent, now we expect them to share with us the story of the great stars whose names we will not mention on this occasion, although we all already know them.