USA Today published an article detailing Sapp's current and less-than-ideal financial predicament:
"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."
You may be thinking, "Just another rich athlete blowing his money, what a waste." That is one way to look at the situation, and the further details shared in the article feed into that thought process:
"Sapp's $6.45 million in assets includes 240 pairs of Jordan athletic shoes worth almost $6,500, a $2,250 watch and a lion skin rug worth $1,200. He also reported losing his 2002 Super Bowl ring with the Bucs and his 1991 national championship ring from the University of Miami."
That's just what he spent and lost; the article also talks about what he brings in:
"Sapp's average monthly income is $115,881, according to the filings, and includes $45,000 for a final contract payment with Showtime, $48,000 for an appearance with CCA Sports and $18,675 as an advance for a book deal."
Now, many of us have everything we need to bash Sapp as an irresponsible, loose cannon. While he'll get no defense from me on his back child support debt, I will offer this as perspective.
Imagine if you found yourself in financial peril over the next six months. Many of us have already been there or are even in the midst of such a spell as we speak.
Now, imagine that your every purchase, loss and details of income were made public for all to see. Would your financial record be spotless?
Sure, nine times out of 10 you haven't splurged on 240 pairs of Jordans, but is there an equivocal item of passion you have thrown down the dough for?
Did that passion put you in a similar financial state, proportionately-speaking, of course?
It's quite possible.
This doesn't apply to everyone. Some people are excellent with their finances, and those folks can range from the cashier at McDonalds to a sport's highest-paid athlete.
It's a trait, just like the trait to overspend. It knows no color, occupation nor any other classification. For those with this trait, the more they make, the more they spend.
Beyond the ridiculously irresponsible neglect of child support, Sapp is no different from many people. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few who will criticize those whose child support payments aren't exactly current, either.
The biggest difference is that Sapp's life is public. To get a better handle on his personal/public issue, he has to show more discipline.
Then again, don't we all.