In a new book detailing the perils of fortune for professional athletes, former Washington Redskins cornerback Phillip Buchanon said that his own mother asked for $1 million in exchange for raising him, according to a Fox Sports report.
After he was taken as the 17th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Buchanon wrote in the book, "New Money: Staying Rich," that his mother had calculated he owed her approximately $1 million for spending 18 years of her life raising him.
While he did not pay her the money, Buchanon defended his own generosity by noting he followed the "unwritten rule" of the new money NFL millionaires by buying his mother a new house. He detailed his growing resentment he felt toward his mother while he paid the mortgages on two properties: his mother's previous house as well as the new house Buchanon purchased her.
"When I got to the NFL, it was all dollars and no sense," Buchanon said, according to the report. "I want to make sure the next generation of athletes doesn't make the same mistakes.
Below is an excerpt from the book (h/t Fox Sports):
In the excerpt, the former NFL cornerback talks about family members, particularly his mother, coming to him for money after he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2002. Buchanon says his mother told him he owed her $1 million for raising him.
“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.”
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