Eddy Curry says that getting married in highschool was one of many worst errors he ever made: “I ended up paying her $16,000 in little one assist each month and one other $9,000 in little one assist… It was loopy.”

For a player to make it to the NBA is a big deal, the league is the highest level of basketball in the world and after the boom it’s had since Michael Jordan was top dog, the money that the Earn players in the league, only way up. While just making it into the league is difficult enough, even fewer players get massive contracts right away, and only top draft picks make good money from their rookie deals.

Eddy Curry may not be a household name, but he was a top five draft pick in the 2001 NBA draft and enjoyed over 10 seasons in the league, during which time he signed a $60 million contract with the New York Knicks brought in. Even his first contract was worth almost $14 million, but he lost part of it.

Curry married in high school and eventually had a son with the woman he married. When things didn’t work out between the two, he figured the split might be amicable, but instead he had a drawn-out divorce that left him with massive alimony and child support payments. He talked about it in an interview with DJ Vlad.

“I got married in high school, bro. I got married, I would like to say, in my senior year. I got married, she got pregnant with our son, my eldest. And yes, we got married right away.

“I tried to get a divorce right away but she drugged it bro. Honestly, it was one of the worst things I’ve ever done in my life. Honestly.

“I was screwed (financially). Everything you think could happen happened… I felt like an idiot for letting her do this to me. And I don’t want to blame her for that. It takes two to do it, but I really felt like I was doing the right thing… She and I have always been best friends… I figured I could just get away. I figured she wouldn’t try to fool me.

“This divorce drug for probably two years… I ended up paying her about $16,000 in child support and another $8,000 or $9,000 in child support. I ended up paying child support for about 4 years, buying her a house, buying her a car. And I’m like a man, that’s crazy.

NBA players make a lot of money and that often makes them vulnerable to situations like this. Curry himself should have known better than to make a decision of this nature and end up in this situation, but it’s still interesting to see how much he had to pay. Considering what else was going on in his career with the Knicks, it’s incredible to hear about these behind-the-scenes situations.

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