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McCants Says He Wishes He Never Had Any Money

Pro Football talks about the ongoing situation with former NFL and Bucs linebacker Keith McCants, who is in jail and is dealing with a number of issues that could keep him there for a long time.

McCants, jailed since April 23 on charges new and old, is dealing both with legal troubles and lingering physical issues from his playing days. On top of that, he’s broke.

“I wish I had never had any money,” McCants recently told Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune during an jailhouse interview. “I would’ve been great without money. It’s a sad story, but it’s a true story. Money destroyed everything around me and everything I care for, my family, my so-called friends. I just want enough to live on. I never want to be rich again.”

It’s not as if McCants didn’t have people urging him to save his money. Danny Sheridan, the long-time line-setter for USA Today, had a heart-to-heart with McCants when he left Alabama one year early for the NFL.

“I told him he had to take his signing bonus, put it away and invest it, not pay any taxes on it, and just live very comfortably off his salary,” Sheridan told the Tribune. “That way, if he got hurt and the money dried up, he’d have something to fall back on.

“He wouldn’t hear of that. I said, ‘Keith, if you don’t listen to me, you’re going to have all this new wealth, you’re going to be surrounded by an entourage of people who like you just because you have money and, unless you’re the next Lawrence Taylor, in a few years, you’re going to be broke.’ Well, guess what happened?”

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