Trent Richardson hasn’t played an NFL snap since 2014 when he was with the Indianapolis Colts. He tried to make a comeback with the Raiders last offseason but never wound up making the 53-man roster.
The former first-round pick attempted to do the same with the Ravens this season, too. Unfortunately, it ended this week when he was cut by the team, leaving him without a job.
At this point in his life, Richardson could really use a gig in the NFL. That’s because his family has taken complete advantage of him and his fame, wealth and popularity. Richardson revealed to Shelley Smith on ESPN’s “E:60” that his family and friends spent $1.6 million of his money in a 10-month span from January to October of 2015.
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Richardson wasn’t aware that he was being used for his funds until he finally looked at his bank statements. On them, he found several mysterious purchases and realized that there were 11 Netflix accounts and eight Hulu memberships opened in his name.
“I finally just looked at my bank statement, and I was just like, 'Where did this come from? Where did that come from?'” Richardson said. “And my guy was sitting there telling me, 'Man, we was telling you.' I know he was telling me, but that's just like telling a kid to stop running in the hall. They're going to still do it when you turn your back or you leave.”
Richardson, who’s known as a guy with a huge heart and a great, positive attitude, admits it was his own fault for trusting those close to him.
It's just one of them moments to where I was just blinded by my heart, by loving everybody and thinking that everyone was for me. I know they love me. I know they do care. But at the time, they took advantage of it.”
Nick Saban also spoke to Smith on Richardson, calling him “such a good guy” who “wants to please everyone.”
“And I think sometimes when guys have that personality, which is a great personality to have, it makes it very difficult to disappoint anyone with the word ‘No,’” Saban said.
Richardson has an uphill climb if he wants to make it back to the NFL, but he may be better off finding a job with a bit more stability. Regardless of what he does, the former first-round pick will have to be more disciplined with those close to him.