Former Baltimore Ravens star Jamal Lewis declared himself bankrupt after amassing a debt of more than $10.5 million, TMZ reported Sunday. Lewis filed the Chapter 11 papers in order to renegotiate reduced and extended payments to creditors, including Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler and Bank of America, which alone is owed more than $900,000. His filing in Atlanta revealed that he holds almost $14.5 million in assets after nine seasons in the NFL, including five houses, a fleet of luxury cars and a 50 percent stake in a water park in Columbus, Ohio, worth a reported $6 million. Having retired in 2009 after a third season with the Browns, the court documents claimed the now-self-employed 32-year-old earns around $35,000 a month. Lewis was picked by Baltimore fifth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft out of Tennessee and was crowned a Super Bowl winner at the end of his rookie season when the Ravens comfortably defeated the Giants 34-7 in the championship game. The running back burned brightest individually in the 2003 season, when he went just 40 yards short of breaking former Los Angeles Ram Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. But Lewis failed to sustain the high numbers in the following years before seeing out his career in Cleveland.
The Baltimore Ravens are receiving very keyed up for the 2010 NFL period and how it may play out. The team is of route headed up by prospect Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis. Prior to last season there had been report that Lewis was approaching the end of his career. Ravens Tickets
Former Ravens star Lewis bankrupt
Last season, New York became one of 10 teams to purchase a multi-camera system from STATS, LLC that tracks every movement in an NBA game — of the players, the ball, the referees, etc.
A few interesting free agents remain but rosters are close to what they’ll be on opening night (less those trying out on non-guaranteed contracts).
“We have what we consider glue players,” Colangelo said. “Guys like Landry Fields might be that piece that brings players together. He plays hard every possession on the court, but he is also the kind of guy that is very personable and jovial off the court. He has a little personality and I think our room lacked some of that last year.”
The third overall pick in the NBA Draft is usually expected to make an immediate impact. However, not all high-potential, 19-year-old players are ready for the NBA. The game is faster and the opposing players are better. Many rookies either have trouble adjusting or become overly anxious in an attempt to prove they belong. However, Washington Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal is one of those players who has plenty of potential, but has been able to contribute right away.