While attorneys for Vince Young attempt to sort out just how the former NFL quarterback reached the point of financial distress, Young told his side of the story in a series of tweets Wednesday even as reports of profligate spending in Nashville were surfacing.
It’s a shame to see people revel in and rally around negativity in the media but I guess it’s to be expected. Yes, I need a job, who doesn’t— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) September 19, 2012
Yes, I want to be out there playing the game I love and earning a paycheck, who wouldn’t?— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) September 19, 2012
We are working to rectify some unfortunate finical losses, which stemmed from betrayal by those I trusted most.— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) September 19, 2012
But these rumors are disheartening & just untrue . I’ll keep pushing through regardless. God Bless. Trill— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) September 19, 2012
Young, the No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL draft, signed a rookie deal with a $26-million guarantee but recently was released by his third team, the Buffalo Bills. According to a lawsuit he filed in June in Houston, Young is suing a former agent and a financial planner for allegedly misappropriating $5.5 million. The lawsuit Young's former agent, Houston attorney Major Adams II, and financial adviser Ronnie T. Peoples, and his company, Peoples Financial Service, of fraud, unjust enrichment, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, usury and breach of contract among other allegations.
Representatives for the defendants in the suit contend their clients are innocent and that Young spent wildly. Nashville restaurant personnel on Wednesday told tales on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone (listen here or read about it at Outkick the Coverage).
Young, they told Clay Travis, treated his offense at T.G.I. Friday’s several times a year, spending up to $6,000. He asked for a special drink, one unique to him, and the bartender duped him by serving a “Melon Ball,” more usually served to women patrons. At a Dave & Buster’s, he made a single order of 75 shots and rookies hid to stick him with the tab. At the team’s good-luck restaurant of choice, the Cheesecake Factory, LenDale White drank “1 1/2 bottles of Patron.”
Whether Young is a victim or his own worst enemy is a matter that is likely to be determined in court. The simple fact remains that he needs to be hired. “I would just say,” attorney Trey Dolezal told the AP, “that Vince needs a job.”