What do Jose Canseco, Warren Sapp, Mike Tyson and Johnny Unitas all have in common? They all have bankruptcy papers filed somewhere in this country. Canseco is the latest member in a slew of multi-million dollar athletes going broke.
Canseco, who was the 1986 AL Rookie of the Year and an MVP in 1988, filed that he had less than $21,000 to his name and almost $1.7 million in liabilities including a half a million dollar debt to the IRS.
He faded from the public eye after his time with the Athletics in the 80′s where he was one half of the Bash Brothers with Mark McGwire. Canseco later made headlines when he outed his former teammate McGwire in the early 2000′s for using performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. Canseco’s book ‘Juiced’ essentially started what the witch hunt in baseball for steroid use and brought to the forefront of the sports world the epidemic that the sport was experiencing.
Canseco made news recently when his Twitter account, which is now defunct, began tweeting bizarre tweets that many hoped wasn’t from the man himself. Canseco would tweet nonsense and at one time mourned the death of former Vice President Al Gore — who hadn’t died yet.
The now 48-year old Independent League regular, a former six tim All-Star is penniless.