Two weeks ago, Deadspin's very own Anonymous PR Guy wrote of a former client, "He had a charity, too, which was simply a front to pay his family members (as most athlete charities are)." A New York Post report yesterday bears him out.
According to the Post, Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson runs a foundation that pays his mother nearly $90,000 a year, more than twice what it gives out in charitable donations. CC Sabathia's charity had to take out a $32,000 loan to buy a truck. The Post says Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin's charity funnels donations through a for-profit company. And the charity to which Osi Umenyiora refers, well, it doesn't exist anymore.
None of the things the Post reported is a terribly grievous offense. (Maybin's is a little troubling, we suppose, but if your instinct while online is to donate to Aaron Maybin's foundation, perhaps you've been scammed in the past.) But we suspect they're also not the worst things going on in the field of athlete charities. Know anything about a bad athlete charity? Drop us a line.