The Sad Saga of Antoine Walker
The Boston Globe found that Walker has been pursued by multiple financial institutions for unpaid debts totaling more than $4 million and has been named as a defendant in three recent debt-related civil cases in Florida and Illinois. Walker is from Illinois and also played for the Miami Heat. Earlier this year J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Wachovia Bank, and American Express Centurion Bank all won decisions against Walker for failing to pay off promissory notes. He had $53,321.71 in overdue credit card charges with American Express and much of the debt appears to have been created by other people that he authorized to use his card.
Currently Walker, who is 33, is without a team or a contract as the NBA season begins and may be considering playing in an international league for money. It's a far cry from a decade ago when Boston signed him to a six-year, $71 million deal. At just 22 years old he was instantly insanely wealthy. During the Boston Celtics season Walker stayed at the Bishops Forest condominium complex in Waltham and was known to have a variety of luxury cars including customized Bentleys, Mercedes and more. He also had a taste for expensive watches by Rolex and Cartier and enjoyed wearing custom-tailored suits.
And then there's the real estate. Walker created both a Walker Ventures LLC and a real estate company, AW Realty LLC. The company is listed as the owner of several Chicago-area properties, including his mother's home which was once valued at $6 million. In 2007 Walker was robbed at gunpoint in his Chicago home. He bought the home for $4.1 million but put it on the market for $3.9 million after the robbery. It appears to have been sold but is now on the market again by the new owner for just $2.995 million. In 2007 he also sold a townhouse in the same neighborhood for $1.39 million. He had bought the home for $1.3 million in 2004. In the Globe article Walker's mother Diane said that she still has her home and Antoine Walker has his and so there is no problem.