Top 20 Athletes Who Are Incredibly Cheap

Two things typically synonymous with each other are athletes and money. Professional athletes earn massive paychecks of many millions of dollars per year and tend to live a luxurious lifestyle because of it. Whether the purchases of choice are mansions, fancy cars, expensive clothing or jewelry, athletes are also often known for spending large amounts of money. While a large percentage of athletes do, not all are big spenders and some are actually quite cheap. Part of the reason for this may have to do with many sob stories of once wealthy stars going bankrupt due to spending habits.

Once iconic athletes like Allen Iverson, Terrell Owens and Mike Tyson have been some of the sadder tales of men who once had it all with fame, power and, of course, money, now without any of it. Most athletes enter their sport from a young age and they don’t gain education or experience in any other specific field, so if they run out of money, their options are limited. Due to this, many athletes today are conserving their finances and setting up a future for tomorrow by being cheap today. These are the athletes who choose to live a frugal life.

Not all cheap athletes are about living moderate unfortunately and some are just jerks. This especially describes the athletes who spend lots of money eating out but become cheap when the bill comes and it’s time to leave a tip. Those athletes are the ultimate cheapskates. As the difference shows, not all cheap athletes are jerks but not all of them are wisely planning. Regardless, these are twenty athletes who have either admitted or have been exposed as being among the cheapest in sports.

20 Aaron Rodgers

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19 Bryce Harper

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18 Derrick Brooks

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17 Daniel Bryan

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16 Joe Flacco

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15 John Randle

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14 Rod Smith

13 Derrick Coleman


12 Marcellus Wiley

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11 Chris Paul

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10 Antonio Cromartie

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9 Buster Douglas


8 Giovani Bernard

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7 LeBron James

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6 Prince Amukamara

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5 Matt Bonner

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4 Carmelo Anthony

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

3 Scottie Pippen

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2 Michael Jordan

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1 Tiger Woods

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Similar to Michael Jordan in peak greatness and star power, Tiger Woods is also a notorious jerk to wait staffs and a horrible tipper. There are many stories about Woods refusing to tip because he claims he doesn’t carry cash and has gone far enough to make girls he’s out with leave a tip. The most terrible story about the legendary golfer’s cheapness came when he took back and pocketed a $5 tip he originally left on a blackjack table. To put it in proper perspective, he was playing a $10,000 hand, so not only is he selfishly cheap but he’s a jerk.

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