The newest film in the ongoing ESPN film series, 30 for 30, mentioned Dallas Cowboy wideout Dez Bryant last night. The film entitled “Broke” featured financial adviser Ed Butowsky, who mentioned that Bryant picked up a $56,000 bill at a restaurant. He continued by saying:
That’s outrageous. You start looking at those numbers and that is a big part of what he makes after taxes. That’s about $110,000 of what he made in his contract.
His quotes were also accompanied by an onscreen quote by made by NBC Sports back on September 7, 2011. The quote read:
Report: New deal may be needed to solve Dez Bryant’s money troubles.
On July 22, 2010, Bryant signed a five year $11.8 million dollar contract* with the Cowboys with $8.63 million guaranteed. He also received a $1.95 million signing bonus and a $570,000 roster bonus. This season, Bryant will earn $1.335 million plus another $1.44 million as part of his signing bonus. (*salary information provided by rotoworld.com)
It is not stated when this incident occurred, but it could be referencing the alleged dinner a then rookie Bryant took veteran wideout Roy Williams and other teammates to as part of his rookie initiation back in September of 2010. ESPN even posted a partial picture of the alleged bill on Twitter as a joke. The fake menu included Unicorn tongue and Sasquatch Ragu.
The documentary film Broke highlights athletes who have squandered their financial fortunes earned during their careers and then became bankrupt. The film features former NFL wideout Andre Rison, Ex-NBA star Antoine Walker, and many more.