If you do not remember Shawn Kemp he was one of the best basketball players of the early nineties. His nickname was “The Rainman” and he led the Seattle Supersoncis to the NBA Finals. In his heyday he was truly one of the most athletically gifted players to ever play the game. He could jump out of the gym and take over games. He was also a trailblazer in athletes going from high school to the pros, although his route was a bit more circuitous.
Yet Shawn Kemp was also a trailblazer in another athletic area; rampant fertility. Shawn Kemp would become the butt of many Bill Simmons jokes for fathering 8 kids by 6 different women. Athletes such as Holyfield and Travis Henry have since followed in his misguided footsteps. In fact I know they even had Shawn Kemp come into the NBA rookie forum a time or two, and caution them about sleeping with every women you meet.
Well Shawn Kemp eventually ate himself out of the NBA and looked like he had swallowed a hot air ballon. His career fizzled and the bank accounts dried up. While I doubt he ever has run out of money I bet the millions of dollars in child support payments he has had to dole out have not helped his financial situation.
But have no fear for Shawn Kemp, it looks like the eldest of his 8 kids is now a big time college prospect and could have a bright NBA career ahead of him.
Maybe Lon Kruger can give him a call for UNLV?
So while Kemp may have gone broke paying child support payments for all those kids, he now has a son who likely has a million dollar future in front of him. Let’s just hope his son does not fully follow in his father’s footsteps…