Anyone can get over their head or make bad financial decisions. Even athletes, who earn millions of dollars a year, can find themselves in a financial mess; so it is no wonder that regular people find themselves drowning in debt. Bad financial decisions can empty your bank account and freeze your assets. Of the 25 richest athletes who have gone broke several have been victims of overwhelming debt and bad financial decisions. Dick “Nightrain” Lane, Latrell Sprewell, Mushin Muhammad, Scottie Pippin, Kenny Anderson, John Arne Riis, Darren McCarty, Dorothy Hamill, Rollie Fingers, Deuce McAllister, the later Johnny Unitas, Jack Clark, Scott Eyre and Raghib “Rocket” Johnson fell victim to bad debt, bad financial decisions and poor money management. One of the things that may have saved these athletes from losing everything is debt consolidation. A good debt consolidation counselor can help you to consolidate your bills into one monthly payment that is usually much lower than your combined payments for your current bills. Many debt consolidation services offer financial counseling to help you to learn how to manage your money and stay out of debt. Credit card companies want to keep you in debt. They encourage you to pay the minimum on your credit cards each month. If you take a look at your statement, you will see that the majority of your minimum payment goes toward interest while your principle goes down very little. The more you owe, the higher your interest charges. It is a viscous cycle. But it is a cycle you can break. The athletes who have gone broke after earning millions of dollars a year had to learn the hard way about managing their money. You don’t have to; you can take advantage of a reputable debt consolidation service and save yourself from bankruptcy and bad credit.