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'Broke' Episode of ESPN '30 for 30' Series Shakes Up Athletes

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    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick takes the field to play the Green Bay Packers in their NFC Wild Card NFL playoff football game in Philadelphia, January 9, 2011.
By Christine Thomasos, Christian Post Reporter
October 3, 2012|2:48 pm

ESPN's documentary series "30 for 30" returned to television on Tuesday with "Broke," which left some athletes and sports figures feeling the impact of the episode that seemed true to life for many of their peers.

The "Broke" episode, directed by Billy Corben, opened up with a statistic that shed light on financial problems taking place within the NBA and NFL.

"By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress; within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former NBA players are broke," the statistic provided by Sports Illustrated stated.

The episode went on to detail how a large number of professional athletes who were given high salaries had undergone financial issues at the close of their careers. The professional athletes featured in the episode attempted to describe the reasons behind their financial failures, including investing in businesses and overspending.

After speakers like former NBA players Jamal Mashburn and Antoine Walker along with retired NFL player Andre Rison shared their own personal experiences about going broke after signing professional contracts, various sports figures took to Twitter to react to the episode and the issues that it highlighted.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, let over one million Twitter followers know that he tuned into the show, and gave them a piece of advice.

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"Just watched '30 for 30' on ESPN........Be smart with your (money)," Vick tweeted on Tuesday.

Freddy Adu, a Major League Soccer player for the Philadelphia Union, also took to his Twitter account to let over 400,000 followers know that he watched the "Broke" episode of "30 for 30."

"That '30 for 30' yesterday was crazy," Adu tweeted.

Dion Waiters, Rookie NBA guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, also took to Twitter to admit that he learned a lot from the documentary.

"Watching this '30 for 30' documentary it's crazy," Waiters tweeted. "Learned a lot."

 

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