I'm going to act like writing about something like this is below me, even though you and I both know that it isn't, but according to a report by TMZ, former Ravens cornerback and "former NFL bad ass" Chris McAlister has claimed that he is "BROKE AS A JOKE and living with his parents." Those are TMZ's words, not mine.
According to the report, McAlister, 34, is currently in a court battle with his ex-wife, Marlene, over child support money. TMZ reported that in official court documents, the former Pro Bowl cornerback claimed, "I have been unemployed since 2009. I have no income." McAlister reportedly added: "I live in my parents' home. My parents provide me with my basic living expenses as I do not have the funds to do so."
McAlister was the Ravens' first-round pick in the 1999 draft. He started for the Ravens in their 2000 Super Bowl season, was invited to three Pro Bowls and was twice named an All-Pro. He signed a seven-year, $55 million contract extension in 2004. His last season in Baltimore was 2008, which was uncoincidentally John Harbaugh's first as Ravens head coach. He had a brief stint with the Saints before retiring in 2009.
Who knows if McAlister's claims are true -- I'm guessing no one on the Ravens will talk about it on the record -- but given McAlister's reputation for partying hard, I wouldn't be all that surprised if he was indeed "broke as a joke."
However, I doubt he's driving around in a Kia and ordering fast food off the dollar menu. Just a hunch.