Sports is a world built on cliches. Everyone is ‘giving it 110%’, ‘proving their doubters wrong’, ‘hustling 24/7’, and on and on. But more than stock phrases, it’s also a world where past narratives are repeated over and over. Prospects rise, former stars stumble, underdogs mount improbable comebacks, and champions dominate.
One of the more tragic, and longest running narratives in sports, however, is that of the successful athlete who finds themselves as a newly minted millionaire—only to blow their sudden wealth on the trappings of a high class lifestyle. Unfortunately, that sounds something like the spot former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley may be in.