Ex- NFL Star Says His Mother Demanded $1 Million For Raising Him
Ex-NFL star opens up about his mother asking for $1 Million for raising him.
Phillip Buchanon was a superstar DB in the NFL for nearly 10 years and was known for his insanely fast 40 yard dash time, 4.29. Buchanon played for 5 teams in the NFL and without a doubt, he made some money while doing it.
Bucahnon detailed about his early NFL life saying that he wasn't as wise with his money as he should have been, “When I got to the NFL, I was all dollars and no sense,” he told FOX Sports. “I want to make sure the next generation of athletes doesn’t make the same mistakes.”
That quick money can also make those around you start to "ask for favors" or hand outs, one of those was his mother. She demanded that he pay her $1 Million for raising him in her home. “Soon after the draft, she told me that I owed her a million dollars for raising me for the past 18 years. Well, that was news to me. If my mother taught me anything, it’s that this is the most desperate demand that a parent can make on a child. The covenant of having a child is simply that you give your child everything possible, and they owe you nothing beyond a normal amount of love and respect. There is no financial arrangement.”
Come to find out, once Phillip actually went through the numbers of living under her roof, he owed her a little under $1 Million. He detailed that he moved out of the house when he was 17 to live with a friend because he didn't feel secure in his own home.
“My mother had said my debt to her was a million dollars before, but this time she was more serious than ever. If you do the math, one million dollars divided by 18 years of raising me was approximately $55,555.55 a year in restitution. Except, at age 17 I decided to move out of my mom’s house, choosing to live with a close friend and his father because I no longer felt secure in my own home. Why, you ask? Because my mother let people come in and out of our house and take what they wanted. So technically, even if we went by her logic, I only owed her $944,444.44 for her services over 17 years.”
He did buy his mother a house but only ended up paying for both mortgages after his mother began renting the older home and taking up the profits.