Trent Richardson has not played in the NFL since 2014 when he was with the Indianapolis Colts. He tried to make a comeback with the Raiders last offseason but never wound up making the 53-man roster and this year he was cut by the Ravens, but that the least of his problems.
In an interview with ESPN’s Shelley Smith for “E:60,” Trent Richardson revealed that his family and close friends blew threw $1.6 million of his money between the months of January 2015 and October 2015. While many professional athletes are reckless with their own spending habits, Richardson said his only issue was allowing others to take advantage of him.
Richardson was unaware that he was being taken advantage of until he finally looked at his bank statements. He found several mysterious purchases from websites such as Amazon. At one point there were 11 Netflix accounts and eight Hulu accounts under his name.
“I finally just looked at my bank statement, and I was just like, ‘Where did this come from? Where did that come from?’” Richardson recalled. “And my guy was sitting there telling me, ‘Man, we were telling you.’ I know he was telling me, but that’s just like telling a kid to stop running in the hall. They’re going to still do it when you turn your back.”
“I was like, ‘How did y’all spend this money?’ I spent $300 in two weeks,” he said. “Y’all are trying to live a lifestyle that I’m not even living, that y’all think I should be living.”
Richardson, who’s known as a guy with a huge heart and a great, positive attitude, admits it was his own fault for trusting those close to him.
“It’s just one of them moments to where I was just blinded by my heart, by loving everybody and thinking that everyone was for me. I know they love me. I know they do care. But at the time, they took advantage of it.”
Richardson has an uphill climb if he wants to make it back to the NFL, but regardless of where he ends up, the former first-round pick will have to be more disciplined with those close to him.