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Twitter Talk: Athletes respond to ESPN documentary 'Broke'

ESPN aired its latest 30 for 30 documentary Tuesday night. "Broke" focused on professional athletes who squandered millions of dollars from their playing careers and are now scratching to get by.

The series premiered on the network in 2009 as a collection of sports-based documentaries directed by notable names including Morgan Spurlock, John Singleton and Ice Cube.

"Broke," while centered around sports, was yet another installment in the series that proved to have enough substance to keep the attention of nonsports fans as well. While many of us might not know what it's like to have a multi-million dollar sports contract, we can still relate to money struggles on a much smaller scale.

Some current and former athletes related to "Broke" through Twitter posts as it aired Tuesday night. Here's what some of them had to say. The documentary reairs 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 on ESPN2.

LeBron James @KingJames

"Everyone in sports, doesn't matter if u play or not. Associated with it in some form or another should be watching ESPN #30for30 "BROKE"

Michael Vick @MikeVick

"Just watched 30 for 30 on Espn........Be smart with your $"

Eric Maynor @EMaynor3

"Divorce settlement 105 million.......... Wowwwwww ......#30for30"

Spencer Hawes @spencerhawes00

"Every pro athlete should be required to watch it. Powerful message."

Richie Incognito @68Incognito

"Watching #BROKE. It's like a road map of what not to do with your money!! Crazy stuff"

Tom Crabtree @TCrabtree83

"I fell asleep during 30 for 30. What i miss?? Anyways, about to check on my investment in Bowflex's for dogs/cats. It's a sure thing."

Demaryius Thomas @DemaryiusT

"This 30 for 30 is something serious... My fellow athletes take care of ur money..."

Damien Woody @damienwoody

"My biological father came out of nowhere the day I was drafted!!"

Maurkice Pouncey @MaurkicePouncey

"Learning a lot from 30 for 30 pay attention..."

Ryan Grant @RyanGrant25

"Funny how right after the 30 for 30 ESPN plays the World Series of Poker lol"

• Rob Carroll writes about pop culture and entertainment for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at rcarroll@shawmedia.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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