| Sports |

Scottie Pippen Did File For Bankruptcy, But It's A Different Scottie Pippen

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Part-time South Florida resident Scottie Pippen has filed suit today against several news outlets and websites which have reported that he's bankrupt. He's seeking at least $1 million from each outlet.

Filing a loud lawsuit isn't exactly the best way to downplay rumors that you're having money woes. But Jordan's Rib does have a point. According to our own court record search, he never did file for bankruptcy.

The only Scottie Pippen in the United States who's filed for bankruptcy is one Scottie Lee Pippen of Overland Park, Kansas, who filed for bankruptcy in 2005. That sad Pippen had checking and savings accounts totaling $102, $1,200 in clothing, and $50 in an IRA. He owed $36,757.74 in phone, medical and utility bills, and an auto lease.

Perhaps this low-rent Scottie Pippen sparked all of the bankruptcy confusion?

According to the suit, the first outlet to claim our Scottie Pippen was bankrupt was CNBC, with this webhit-baiting slideshow. The paragraph next to Pippen's photo doesn't say anything about him declaring bankruptcy. But the name of the slideshow is "15 Athletes Gone Bankrupt". Maybe they just meant broke, but being bankrupt has a pretty clear definition. As Merriam-Webster says: "You gotta declare bankruptcy."

Creditnet traveled down the same lazy-ass, intern-paved road, putting Pippen in a list titled: "Bankrupt Athletes: How They Got There". Then there was InvestingAnswers.com's "20 Star Athletes Who Went From Millions to Bankruptcy Court" and Sportsreport360.com's "Top 5 NBA Players Who Went Bankrupt".

Mint.com really went off the rails, and also appeared to make up its own stupid slang with its list, "From Stoke To Broke: Why Are Sports Stars Going Bankrupt?" They simply wrote:

Year bankruptcy filed: 2003


But perhaps the anti-Pulitzer goes to HoopsVibe.com, which wrote that Pippen "famously filed bankruptcy."

In the Internet world, "famously" apparently now means We glanced at a list written by a competitor and this is probably what they wrote. Though we're guessing Scottie Pippen is not a fervent patron of the craft of journalism, this lawsuit is really about plagiarism and shitty, non-factual internet lists.

We're sorry we had to bring Kansas' literally, unequivocally bankrupt Scottie Lee Pippen into this. But just to make sure the mistake doesn't happen again, here is that Scottie Pippen's bankruptcy filing. Do you think the real Scottie Pippen would list a $200 sports card collection among his meager assets? He probably has, like, 17 Skybox Michael Jordan cards.

Scottie (Lee) Pippen's Bankruptcy Filing

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.