25 Athletes Who Got Totally Ripped off

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25 Athletes Who Got Totally Ripped off
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Success is often fleeting, occasionally enduring and almost always measured in dollar signs when you're a pro athlete. That first contract or big purse is landed by someone who's almost certainly under the age of 25 and less than prepared for the life-changes.

Even if the young pro is ready for the money and fame, it doesn't mean they're immune to the kind of malfeasance that afflicts those who are suddenly flush with cash and swag.

If you've got new money, even if its not an A-list level of cash, as long as its more than another guy has...there are people who have designs on separating you from it. How they do it comes in a variety of forms and pro athletes seem to be the wounded water buffalo to the thieve's lion.

Ponzi schemes, embezzlement, skimming, cooking the books and even good ol' fashioned burglary are just a few examples of the modus operandi the cash-starved use to pilfer athletes of their money and valuables. And there are a plethora of tales...from the sad to the embarrassing.

These are 25 athletes who got totally ripped off.

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