Ravens rookie Rashod Bateman uses his first paycheck to buy mom a house that originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When a highly touted prospect enters their respective sport’s draft and is selected, especially in the first round, one of the first purchases when signing a professional contract will be to pay them in cash.
Reward those who have helped them along the way as they enter the life of a professional athlete. The Ravens’ first-round pick in last April’s NFL Draft, Rashod Bateman, is the latest in this type of act.
The rookie wide receiver recently bought a home for his mother Lashonda Cromer when signing her first National Football League contract. For a decade, Bateman watched his mother suffer physical abuse and take on multiple jobs as she tried to make ends meet for her family.
Bateman’s mother worked 12-hour shifts where she operated machines that produced flooring and rugs.
After Cromer’s divorce, it became a challenge to be a single mom raising a family. They had to move four or five times, and she made long journeys without eating to make sure her children could.
Despite these difficult times, Cromer made sure his work schedule allowed him to see Bateman as he progressed to pursue a career in football.
Now that the 21-year-old has reportedly signed a four-year contract worth $ 12.6 million with a signing bonus of $ 6.5 million, according to OvertheCap.com. He kept his word and bought a house for his mother.
In an Instagram post, Bateman wrote, âFrom dreams to reality,â he wrote. “Welcome home mom, I love you.”
Buying a new home for his mother shouldn’t come as a surprise. When asked what the University of Minnesota wide receiver would spend his first salary on, the answer was simple.
âI will definitely buy my mom a house first,â Bateman said.