Michael Crabtree Refuses Texas Lottery Winnings, Says NY Lotto Winner Got More

Michael DezsoContributor ISeptember 22, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during practice as quaterback Alex Smith #11 practices during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Crabtree was the 49ers first round draft pick.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

In a move echoing his football decision, Michael Crabtree has refused his jackpot win of $16 million from his home state lottery on the grounds that the New York Lottery winner was paid $18 million.

He has since demanded that the Texas Lottery make up the difference, explaining, "they're the bigger state."

When the Texas Lottery explained that the jackpot is based on the contribution of the lottery players and not the geographic size of the state, he dismissed them and referred them to his agent.

This behavior has precedence in his personal life as well.

Dating since they met at a New York club during a NFL Draft Day after-party, Crabtree and FHM model Rochelle Daniels’ blissful relationship turned south while heading out on a vacation.

“We were at the airport about to fly out to Los Cabos. He went to the magazines to get something to read. He picked up the latest FHM and it had an article about Larry Fitzgerald dating a FHM model that rated higher than me in the 'Top 10 Hotties of the Month.' He showed me the magazine and just left me at the airport. He said he should be dating the No. 4 girl, not the No. 6 girl. He mumbled that there was no way he could enjoy himself with me at Cabo now.”

His dad said that while disappointed his son could not see the blessings in his life for what they were, he did see it coming.

“Michael stayed in the garage on a musty Army cot for an entire summer when his older brother got the top bunk. Heck, the reason why he’s in football at all is that basketball coach refused to play freshman on the varsity team. He didn’t even go to his high school graduation after he only won cum-laude honors. He never could understand the idea of waiting his turn or earning his spot.”

As for the Texas Lottery, they have given Crabtree the usual amount of time to claim his prize. They remain hopeful that he will see the wisdom that $16 million is a lot money.

Meanwhile, in his football life, Crabtree still remains unsigned, resolved to re-enter the 2010 draft, gambling that he will be chosen in the top 10.

We interviewed several coaches and found the likelihood of a top 10 selection to be slim.

"Greedy headcase receivers are a dime a dozen. He's not even that athletic. If I need a me-first possession receiver next year, I can get Reggie Williams off the street. Before Brandon Marshall gets finished with Denver, they'll be paying me to take him. Matt Jones, Charles Rogers, heck they're all faster than Crabtree. But I'll tell you this, I don't want him on my team," said one coach.

"I don't want him on my team either," said fantasy guru Chaz Umber.

"Everyone who has a fantasy team knows that it takes almost all wide receivers three years to be productive. Randy Moss was the last one. I know Randy Moss, and you Crabtree, are no Randy Moss."

With the likelihood of a top 10 selection remote, no doubt Michael Crabtree will have a whole bunch of new reasons to hold out in 2010.