Billy Corben's "Broke" has spurred a ton of reaction since its airing on ESPN this week, but in at least one case that attention apparently was undeserved.
Homer Bush, who played in 40 games for the 2002 Marlins during a seven-year big-league career, has taken to Facebook to set the record straight.
Bush, who turns 40 next month, insists he isn't struggling financially, as the documentary suggests. On the contrary, he has transitioned to a new career as a financial advisor.
"No good deed goes unpunished," Bush posted on Facebook Wednesday night. "I was asked to help ESPN 30 for 30 with 'Why Athletes go broke?' Since I transitioned from baseball into the world of Financial Advising, they thought I would have some good insight.
"It could have been misinterpreted that all of the athletes from the show have financial issues, which could not be further from the truth. And quite honestly, if I had known the format of the show beforehand, I would not have participated."
Bush, who won a World Series ring in 1998 with the 114-win New York Yankees and was later traded for Roger Clemens, made roughly $8 million in his big-league career.
"I, like many other athletes, have gone to great lengths over the years to be responsible when it comes to my finances," Bush wrote. "I can't tell you how disappointed I was in the show, and how my faith in basic humanity has been shaken."
Glad to see Bush speak up. Having spoken to Bush during his time with the Yankees and Marlins, I couldn't grasp how someone so grounded and thoughtful could run his financial life into dire straits.
Now it all makes sense.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times