We do not know about you, but we constantly wonder about all the crazy things that famous athletes buy or build. They can pay for houses that look like it was the brainchild of Dr. Frankenstein himself. Some of these folks are not afraid to pay for things that seemingly defy logic or shell out an insane amount of money for a normal object. Considering how much money they make, it makes sense that we do not share the same spending habits. To be honest, we also get crazy ideas every now and then. The only difference would be that they can make their wildest dreams a reality!
Tom Brady – Luxurious Gulfstream G550, $50 Million
On the topic of crazy purchases made by athletes, we can start with this one. Star quarterback Tom Brady is one of the biggest stars in the NFL at the moment. The New England Patriots player decided to treat himself to the luxurious car that is his Gulfstream G550. When you make $26 million a year, you can buy stuff like this. Together with his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, he gets to go from one place to another in style since they have a jet of their own. It comes with a $50 million price tag. This does not compare to his assets, which are estimated to be worth $180 million.
Michael Jordan – One Private Jet, $30 Million
Can you imagine all the things you can buy if you were a billionaire athlete? CBS reported that NBA Hall of Famer and legendary basketball player Michael Jordan bought a custom jet for $30 million. The MJ-G550 is a business jet that comes with all the luxury features you will expect from something this costly. He got the airplane affixed with his signature Air Jordan mark. In 2017, he also gave it a total color makeover so that he can put the elephant print motif found on his Jordan sports equipment. Forbes reported that the baller now has a net worth of $1.9 billion, which makes him the 3rd wealthiest African-American right behind Oprah Winfrey and Robert F. Smith.
Antonio Garay – Hello Kitty Smart Car, $22.7K
Antonio Garay is a soft guy on the inside! Best known for his quirky hairdos, he has been seen cruising around in his Hello Kitty Smart Car Fortwo! Without the Hello Kitty customization, they go from $12K to $21K. He paid an extra $1.7K for the addition of the full Kitty wrap. He has since retired from playing football and now enjoys watching wrestling when he has free time. We would not be shocked to hear this about a guy who had been a state and national champion back in the ‘90s.
Mike Tyson – Three Tigers, $210K
Mike Tyson is a retired heavyweight champion who showed us that he had no qualms about making exorbitant purchases. He once brought home three white Bengal tigers, after all. They cost him $70k each! He had to pay another $200k to feed them and his animal trainer would charge him $125k to look after the beasts whenever he had to go to Las Vegas. We all know that Tyson is one fierce guy. In a 2016 documentary called Nine Legends, he talked about his time on the WWE. Sadly, he had no choice but to sell his pets a year after buying them since someone tried to sue him after getting bitten.
Floyd Mayweather – One Engagement Ring, $10 Million
Famous boxer Floyd Mayweather had been in an on-again-off-again relationship with Shantel Jackson for four years. When the two of them got engaged, the lavish man decided to spend $10 million on an engagement ring for her! Considering that he likes to spend thousands in a single night at the club and during his shopping sprees, it is not that surprising. Sadly, they split up for good not long after that. It is not known if she ended up returning the ring. Considering that the athlete has anywhere from $700 million to $1 billion to his name, we doubt that it stressed him out. His pay-per-view fight with McGregor in August 2017 aired on Showtime and fetched him more than $300 million!
Caroline Wozniacki – One Ferrari Sports Car, Price Undisclosed
Sometimes, these people decide to buy things simply because they can. In 2016, tennis champ Caroline Wozniacki decided to treat herself to something that she had always dreamt about owning someday. The former #1 tennis player in the world got herself a red Ferrari sports car. Before she treated herself to the luxury car, she decided to talk it through by writing a letter that she addressed to a younger version of herself. This gave her the reassurance she needed that it was fine to treat herself if she could afford it. In 2018, she let the world know about her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and claimed that she wanted to be a role model for those who also suffered from the condition.
Alfonso Soriano – Blue Hummer, $150K
Alfonso Soriano used to be the left fielder for the New York Yankees. He had a 2005 Hummer H2 that he was obsessed with. He paid at least $50k for it when he got it from the dealer. He has often modified the way it looked. After 4 years and $100k later, it looks nothing like the day it did when he bought it!
Kobe Bryant – Twenty Bottles of Cristal Champagne, $21K
Back in 2007, Kobe Bryant was still with the Los Angeles Lakers. He had been one of the top-paid NBA players in those days. He had no problems spending a lot of money since he could afford just about anything! When this happened, he and his wife Vanessa were in Las Vegas to attend the opening of a boutique nightclub called BLUSH. A professional poker player called Antonio Esfandiari asked for2 bottles of Cristal that each cost $1.4k. The baller asked for 5 of those, while Esfandiari ordered 10. Kobe one-upped him by requesting 15! In the end, his bill went up to $21k even if he did not drink it at all. After he left the NBA, he went on to win an Academy Award for his short, Dear Basketball.
DeShawn Stevenson – ATM, Price Unknown
In 2012, the world found out that Deshawn Stevenson bought his ATM and had it installed in his home. He did this so that his friends can get cash from it before they hit the town. In 2017, he clarified why he got it in the first place. He explained that his house still had the ATM, although he never used it. He said that it was gifted by his best friend and financial advisor as a gag present. Do you think he is telling the truth? Because he is not known to spend recklessly, we believe him!
Chad Johnson – One Semi Truck, $100K
The reality star and retired American football player Chad Johnson bought himself a semi-truck in 2011. It might sound pretty harmless since he bought it as a 32nd birthday present to himself. But wait until you hear how much he shelled out for the massive vehicle! It does not go for below $100k, you know. On top of that, he got it customized and added his name to the site, so the total is a mind-blowing amount of money. We hope that it would have a high resale value in the future since money can come and go really quickly. At the moment, he has a net worth of $5 million.
Joe Johnson – One Thousand Pairs of Sneakers, Price Undisclosed
There are a lot of NBA celebrities who boast of an incredible collection of sneakers. Even so, we doubt that anyone can dedicate more money and time to such a collection than Joe Johnson. He owns over a thousand pairs of shoes and treats them the way Queen Elizabeth II treats her corgis. They are stored in a shoe closet that is big enough for him and seven friends to hang out in. It comes with a bed, a basketball hoop, a TV, and a ceiling with mirrors. On top of that, the closet is temperature-controlled and can be accessed with fingerprint ID. In 2018, Johnson signed with the Rockets.
Allen Iverson – Jewelry, $900K
Allen Iverson had been making over $200 million when his NBA career was at its peak. After some time, he found himself out of money. It seemed like the problem was that he had been living like an NBA player when he was no longer on the court. He was playing ball in Europe and China, only earning $60k per month. However, his monthly expenses would go up to $350k! On top of that, he would go shopping at a Georgia jeweler. In 2012, it was revealed that he did not have the money to pay for these shopping sprees when he was brought to court over it. He got ordered to pay $900k for his purchases. Yikes!
Chris Johnson – Six Gold Teeth, $8K
In 2009, there was a story about the then-running back of the Tennessee Titans. It was reported that Chris Johnson missed the bus that brought the team to the stadium since he had to go back to fetch his dentures from the hotel. He clearly could not live without them! Nowadays, this is no longer the case since he already has gold-implanted teeth. They estimated that the six teeth cost him $8.1k or $1,350 apiece. Johnson was able to hang onto the NFL for a few more years until he announced his retirement in November 2018. In total, he played ten seasons in the league.
Scottie Pippen – Gulfstream Jet, $4.3 Million
Scottie Pippen is a former Chicago Bulls star player who suffered a terrible spell in 2002. Online reports said that he wanted to buy another extravagant thing for himself. He shelled out $4.3 million for a Gulfstream private plane! He wanted to get a working aircraft, but the one he bought could not fly and needed repairs worth $1 million. It stayed on the ground for years while he sued his advisor who did not go to the inspection of the plane. He ended up winning the lawsuit and getting $2 million in a settlement. In 2017, he made a guest appearance in one episode of the TV show Lethal Weapon.
Michael Vick – One Swanky Fish Pond, $85K
At one point, this retired NFL player decided that he just had to have a fish pond at his house. Michael Vick actually paid $85k to have a custom pond built and then shelled out another $48k for the landscaping. The problem here was that he had been going through a tough time in the financial sense back then, although he continued to spend without a care in the world. In only 6 months, he spent $3.5 million and later went bankrupt. It was a good thing that he got hired to serve as an analyst on Fox NFL Kickoff for FS1 on Fox Sports back in 2017. What a relief!
Al Jefferson – One Bed, $23K
Can you just imagine how challenging it must be to look for a bed that is big enough for you when you stand at 6’10.” We are glad to hear that Al Jefferson did not have that hard of a time because he is loaded! The former Utah Jazz baller proved this when he spent $23k for a huge bed. It measured 10 feet by 12 feet! Are you aware that there are many apartments in New York City that are even smaller than that? We have no idea, however, if he brought the mattress with him when he started to play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association during the summer of 2018.
Vince Young – One Chartered Flight, $22K
Before the start of the 2012 season, the Buffalo Bills decided to release Vince Young. However, the young rookie already had financial woes since he was quick to use up his $26 million from the contract! Uh-oh. Are you ready to hear an example of how crazy he had been with his money? In 2007, he allegedly flew out of Houston to Nashville on Southwest Airline. The insane part of this was that he bought tickets for 120 of the 130 seats found on the plane. He claimed that he did this since he wanted a quiet and stress-free trip. Estimates believe that he spent at least $22k for this stunt of his. On the bright side, he did get his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in late 2019.
Arian Foster – Ten Segways, $70K
In March 2012, Arian Foster was still the running back for the Houston Texans. He inked a renewed 5-year contract worth $43.5 million! In December of that year, he gave 10 Segways to the offensive linemen of the team. These were top-class scooters that must have cost around $7k apiece. These vehicles also have a maximum weight capacity of 260 lbs to 270 lbs when used to carry goods. Keep in mind that the linemen weighed at least 300 lbs, so they could not use the gifts. It is the thought that counts, rights? After his time playing for the Texans, Foster joined the Miami Dolphins and stayed with them from July 2016 until he retired a couple of months later.
Aaron Rodgers – 8 Twelve MVP Bar & Grill
All business ventures come with an inherent risk, and this one did not go very well. Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun teamed up in 2012 to open 8 Twelve MVP Bar & Grill locations. It pulled off the steakhouse and sports bar vibe for quite some time until Braun fessed up to using performance-enhancing drugs. The restaurant then dropped its association with the athlete and then renamed it to Hom. At the moment, Aaron continues to enjoy his career without letting the incident affect him. He continues to play for the Green Bay Packers and is now in a relationship with Danica Patrick.
Baron Corbin -The Undertaker’s House, Estimated $3.7 Million
Baron Corbin is a 34-year-old pro wrestler currently working for WWE. He is known for his obsession with collecting weird items like human skulls. Yup, we are not kidding. It is not unusual to hear about celebs spending their money on useless stuff, but this one takes the cake. In 2017, he also purchased a house that was once the home of The Undertaker and hence carried lots of wrestling history. The six-bedroom property is believed to be worth $3.7 million! It comes with a swimming pool and all that, but we just do not know if Corbin was able to find any of the weird old items that he likes so much.
Shaquille O’Neal – Ten Pairs Of Shoes, Estimated $650
Without a doubt, Shaquille O’Neal is a name you know even if you do not watch the NBA. He has earned a fortune throughout his career, but he is not a selfish guy. In 2019, he was able to make a young man very happy. Zach Keith had been struggling to buy shoes because he had a size of eighteen feet. Upon hearing about it, Shaq decided to buy the teen ten pairs! He did not disclose how much he paid for each one, but people have estimated that he spent $650 at the very least since an average pair of shoes costs $65. Shaq currently has a net worth of $400 million.
Dez Bryant – Jewelry, $200K
NFL player Dez Bryant just cannot resist spending money even if he does not have enough cash on him. In 2011, he got sued by a New York company for his $246k jewelry tab! He allegedly did not pay for the custom-made items they created for him in 2010. It seems like he only got out of this problem when he dropped yet another $200k to get more jewelry pieces! It is one thing to celebrate a new contract, but it looks like his purchases are burning a hole in his pocket. Reports say that he had a jeweler make a 175-karat chain with a cross as well.
Kyrie Irving – Jewelry Collection, $1 Million
Kyrie Irving is an NBA Rookie of the Year, 6-time NBA All-Star, and a 2016 NBA Champion. He deserves to reward himself for all of his hard work. He has a 5-year contract worth $94.3 million with the Boston Celtics and a Nike shoe contract, so he can buy whatever jewelry collection he likes. The reports said that his collection, with Rolex and Cartier pieces, is worth a million bucks. He also owns a $15k Championship ring and chain necklaces. He starred in the 2018 film Uncle Drew, and we bet he used his earnings to get a few more pieces!
Matt Hardy – A Statue of Himself, Prince Unknown
Pro wrestler Matt Hardy has many similarities to his pro wrestler brother, Jeff. At this point, we know that the two of them have different tastes when it comes to their purchases. Matt has a statue of his head at home. The athlete is so fond of himself that he got a statue commissioned to capture his likeness! We do not know how much the piece cost him, but we are sure that it barely made a dent in his fat bank account. It might not be our style, but you do you.
J.R. Smith – Jewelry, $48K
As you might have noticed, J.R. Smith is far from being the only basketball player who loves bling but refused to pay for it. In 2014, he got sued by a jewelry store for not covering his $48k bill. He ordered some chains, earrings, and pendants but did not pay for any of the items. What makes this genuinely shocking is that he has an estimated net worth of around $20 million at the moment. It does not make sense for him to not pay when the total bill only came up to around $25k. Strange!
Curt Schilling – Failed Video Game Business, $75 Million
Curt Schilling might be one of the greatest pitchers in history! He is a pretty terrible businessman, however. He started a video game company that has only left him knee-deep in debt. There were allegations that he defrauded the state of Rhode Island of $75 million from his unpaid obligations. In 2012, his company 38 Studios folded and had all of the staff members laid off. In 2016, they came to an agreement that he will only pay $2.5 million instead. We daresay that Curt needs to look for a different and much cheaper hobby as soon as possible!
Nelson Cruz – Fire Truck, Price Unknown
Baseball player Nelson Cruz purchased a fire truck for his hometown. Isn’t that the loveliest gift you have ever heard? This Dominican-American right fielder once said that his hometown of 245,000 people did not have any ambulances and fire trucks. He decided to give back to the community since he has the means to make a difference. His good deed impressed and inspired the American Medical Response, which ended up donating more ambulances to his hometown. Fascinatingly, the truck the athlete bought was yellow and needed to be painted red. He did not disclose the cost of the truck, however.
Lenny Dykstra – Mansion, $17 Million
In 2012, Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty to the crime of federal bankruptcy fraud. He was accused of fraud, concealing assets, and money laundering. We daresay that he had it coming! He got sentenced to 3 years in prison for this. Before that, the former center fielder bought an estate valued at $17 million. Previously owned by Wayne Gretzky, he wanted to flip it but owed $13 million on the house in the end. You would have thought that it was only common sense not to buy a house that you cannot afford!
Jarrett Jack – Sneakers Collection, Price Unknown
Sneakerheads, look here. Jarrett Jack has a sneaker collection that could turn anyone green with envy. This pro basketball player has a whole closet dedicated to his expensive sneakers. He once showed off the collection in a video and talked about his beloved exclusive footwear. Does he buy a pair a day or what? The number must have grown even more since he filmed the video all those years ago. There are many celebs with obsessions, so we are just glad to hear that he is not something toxic or harmful. We are just glad to see how happy it makes him! Needless to say, his closet is massive to fit all those shoes.
Wayne Gretzky –Wayne Gretzky’s
Wayne Gretzky has been nicknamed “The Great One” for a reason. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League and has more goals and assists to his name than anyone else in the league. Aside from that, this athlete is also good at business! He has proved this with Wayne Gretzky, his restaurant that has been in operation since 1993. Nowadays, he is busy enjoying his retirement. He has a winery-distillery by the name of Wayne Gretzky’s Estates, another restaurant located at the Edmonton Airport, and a new restaurant known as Studio 99. Make sure to check them out if you get the chance!