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T.O. and lessons for mothers

Updated: May 14, 2012, 9:48 AM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

To any single woman out there whose business plan involves having a professional athlete be her baby's daddy, I have four words for you: Don't do it, girl. The numbers are not in your favor, and here's why.

Nearly 80 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or under financial stress within two years of retirement. About 60 percent of NBA players are tapped out within five years of calling it quits. There are very few professional athletes who play for 18 years, meaning at some point ...

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