Posted December 21, 2013

Ravens QB Joe Flacco uses huge new contract to buy Mega Millions tickets

Gambling
Joe Flacco

For Flacco, $100 million is nice, but $600 million is better. Hard to disagree (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

If you ask Joe Flacco, $100 million isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Two-thirds of a billion is cool.

When you found out Flacco was given a $120 million contract, one of your first questions (after “Wait, Joe Flacco is getting a hundred mil?”)  was probably, “So, what do you do with $120 million?”

Well, if you’re Flacco, apparently the answer is “go to your local 7-11 and buy lottery tickets.”

Flacco, like millions of other Americans, was trying to win a the Mega millions prize worth $648 million.

“It’s a lot of money, man,” Flacco told BaltimoreRavens.com. “Since I’ve been 18 years old, I’ve always played the lottery when it gets up to a couple $100 million. It’s just for fun.”

Just for fun huh…you mean like how you play a sport for a living? That kind of just for fun? This is why we can’t have nice things Joe. This is a bad look for athletes everywhere.

You want to spend your money on cars you don’t drive or houses with 40 rooms when you live alone, that’s fine. But lottery tickets?

Wake up Joe, you already hit the lottery. You went to Delaware, joined a team built on an elite defense, got hot for a month in January and parlayed that into a $120 million contract to play a kid’s game.

That’s it. That’s all the luck you get.

Let the regular Joe wearing a Ray Rice jersey (because c’mon — who has a Flacco jersey? Be serious). You owe karma a favor or six anyway.

8 comments
effeweall
effeweall

Flacco is an NFL QB because of luck?  What is the bar for writing on this site.  north or south of a 60 IQ?  Nothing about hard work?  he did win a Superbowl.  has a cannon for an arm.  Right place and circumstance for the SB ring.  But his career?  Shows a total understanding of the career of an NFL player.  I am going to buy the scratch ticket that lets me pitch opening day for any MLB team.  And I am hitting David Orteeeeeeeez right in the steroids with my first pitch.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

That's some hard hitting journalism right there

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Author is afraid Flacco might buy a winning ticket....jeez what an a-hole paparazzi article. First it was Joe ...the hard working QB eats at McDonalds ...then it was Joe Flacco can't carry the whole team...then it was Joe better carry the whole team


Author wants Joe to split his imaginary winnings with him. Author is an imaginary writer with an imaginary life...and needs to put in the work and get real ones. ( yeah ...a pair of those might help also)....


Flacco goes deep ...in the Raverns World Order

Chris8
Chris8

This kind of "article" is fit for Yahoo, not SI.  Someone should tell sports illustrated not to lower their standards.

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

Best post ever. Clearly written by someone who understands that the average American makes $39,000 per year and that Joe Flacco's yearly salary equates to almost 770 normal Americans.


Is Joe Flacco worth 770 American veterans who fought and/or were wounded in Afghanistan?


In any case, the strangest thing is that Joe Flacco pays a marginal tax rate of 51.98% on his $30M salary. I pay a marginal tax rate of 54% on my salary of about $80k (I'm currently living abroad). 


If only people would wake up...

89RedSox
89RedSox

@UnishowponyWherebeefYes he's worth it b/c the Ravens are willing to pay it and NFL revenue is a bottomless pit.  Your analogy on Afghanastan is invalid - people don't pay for veterans' jerseys or watch them on tv or buy tickets to watch them fight a war. 

StevePerry
StevePerry

@UnishowponyWherebeef So because Joe Flacco pays about $15, 594,000 in taxes he isn't allowed to buy a lottery ticket?  I don't get it.