Of the countless basketball stars to come through Kentucky and go to the NBA, no story may be sadder than Antoine Walker’s. After a successful college and pro career, Walker lost almost all of his money through gambling and lending to family and friends.
Now, Walker is on the way back up, using his own story as a cautionary tale about financial responsibility, starting with a documentary entitled “Gone in an Instant: The Antoine Walker Story.”
Here’s the synopsis, from IMDB:
A documentary that chronicles the rise and fall of NBA superstar Antoine Walker’s fame and fortune. Antoine Walker’s story speaks for itself. Amassing over $110 million during a 13-year NBA career, Walker went from being an NBA All-Star and World Champion to facing felony charges stemming from gambling debt in Las Vegas. However, vice was not his sole enemy; his generosity to more than 70 family members and friends evenly contributed to the drain of his fortune. Now successfully navigating bankruptcy, Antoine is on a mission to educate others on financial literacy, using his own story as a warning and an effective platform for others to learn from his mistakes. The documentary is the first of many planned projects by “It’s The Comeback Kids LLC” that will feature individuals working to better the lives of others through charity.
The movie features appearances from John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Nazr Mohmmed, Scoop Jackson, Donovan McNabb, and many others. It will be released on August 4, 2014.
After such a bad run, it’s good to hear that Walker’s gotten his life back together and is using his story to help others.