You wouldn’t think an NFL player who’s earned more than $40 million over the course of his career would have trouble paying taxes. As Adam H. Beasley for the Miami Herald reports, that’s precisely the situation in which Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes and his wife Miko find themselves.
According to documents, the Grimes family owe the Internal Revenue Service more than $191,000. The figure became known because of a lien placed on a home the couple owns in Davie, Fla. Beasley has more:
“The document stipulates that the Grimes family is in arrears from 2014, and that ‘[the IRS has] made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid.’ The lien is on their five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath home, which they bought for $1.2 million in early 2014.”
Again, it’s difficult to understand how finances are an issue here. Grimes signed a two-year contract worth $16.5 million with the Bucs during the offseason, from which a game check or two alone would seemingly cover the back taxes owed.
Of course, making a lot money doesn’t preclude people from getting into financial trouble. While the house should be affordable based on his NFL salary alone, the couple may be living beyond their means or could have fallen prey to a bad investment. The amount of money owed also could be in dispute.