ESPN's 'Broke' documentary hits home with Panthers
In the season premiere of its popular 30 for 30 documentary series, ESPN aired a 90-minut piece on how and why modern day professional athletes go broke. The documentary was a hit on TV and through social media. Several current Carolina Panthers players reacted to the story while watching it live.
- If you missed it, here's a 30 second commercial preview.
- Linebacker James Anderson makes $3.9 million this season and tuned in.
- Defensive End Charles Johnson was watching, but didn't appear to be concerned about his spending habits. Johnson signed a 6-year, $72 million deal this offseason, including a $30 million signing bonus.
- It appears offensive lineman Byron Bell doesn't go on many steak and lobster binges, however.
- After all, Bell only makes $470,000 this season.
- Running back DeAngelo Williams is one of the highest paid Panthers, making $8.7 million in 2012. He appeared to listen intently to Tuesday night's documentary.
- Former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Herman Edwards was one of the main folks featured in the documentary. He gives rookies career advice each spring after the NFL draft.
- Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who makes $1.32 million this season, took the documentary to heart.
- Former NFL pro Keith McCants was featured in the documentary. McCants went broke soon after retiring and has battled drug addiction over the last few years.