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Antoine Walker has a movie coming out

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 Comments for Antoine Walker has a movie coming out

  1. Blue Hair
    4:07 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Shimmy me Mr Walker

  2. Shane Bananas
    4:08 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    i am going pro, pray for me to be drafted so i got some smoke monies

  3. o'boro catfan
    4:45 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    This “Real Life” story is sad, sad, sad!! if the NCAA truly wants to help the “student athlete”, schools should be required to provide programs to teach not only the athletes, but other professions as well, how to manage the financial aspects of daily living.

    • Luther
      10:16 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Gambling and hangers-on – way more than the lack of financial knowledge – brought Antoine down. He made his choices, as we all do, and now must live with the consequences…

    • catdaddyd
      10:08 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

      That’s what college is for. Maybe he should’ve stayed in college and learned how to manage money. It’s not the NCAA responsibility.

  4. rags to riches
    4:50 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I’ve said for yrs, take to UK ball players and have the NBA pay them to educate the rookies….what to do not to do…….
    Antoine Walker not to do….
    Jamal Mashburn what to do…….

    • catdaddyd
      10:11 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

      The NBA does do a rookie education seminar on this subject exactly. Some just don’t get it. Remember there was a player a couple of years ago who got thrown out of the seminar for smoking weed.

  5. James K
    5:36 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    How depressing would it be lose that amount of money?

  6. A few years ago...
    5:41 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    … I lost 2.8 due to some unprofessional transactions by another party. Let me tell you, 11 years later, a chapter 7, loss of home and possessions, I’m still trying to recover. I’m hoping one day I can get this behind me. Depressed can’t begin to describe the guilt and pain associated with it.

  7. Seriously?
    6:18 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I’m still an Antoine Walker fan, but I don’t feel sorry for anyone dumb enough to piss away $110 million. Sorry. Get a job like the rest of us Antoine.

  8. WildcatWill
    6:23 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    The University and NBA should hire Walker as a paid consultant to educate young players on the dangers that could confront them. It’s amazing when you look at the guys who lost it all whether to bad investments or blowing it on friends etc. Guys like Dan Issel, Dermonti Dawson, Allen Iverson, Vince Young, just mind blowing. Hopefully he has a nice NBA pension that can help him out going forward.

    • The Fonz
      7:12 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

      Iverson’s actually got quite a bit squirreled away for later.

    • catdaddyd
      10:14 am April 29, 2014 Permalink

      Seems like the NBA pension plan starts at age 50, and I thought it was around 50k a year. I’m sure it’s based on various factors.

  9. Bryan Stevens
    9:08 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I will say stunned isnt the correct word…..but he’s human….110 million quite abit for any person…but I look at people or couples who win the lottery and blow it away… are we going to ridicule him for making bad decisions? sure we are….why? because were everyday working joes…..who would love to have 110 million at our disposal….but wouldn’t you do the same? not gambling, but buying and buying… I give Antoine Walker credit….he’s atleast reaching out and trying to educate future NBA, NFL etc….on financial responsibilities….he’s owning up for his own actions and taking responsibility for them….Im 42 and remember and loved his hard work and dedication to the UK bball program…