It sure didn’t surprise me when I saw the newspaper headlines about the legal battle between Randall Rush, a $50 million lottery winner, and family friend, Jeremy Crawford, whom he invested money with. When they say money and friends don’t mix, as greed takes over, they are the perfect example.
Even though I am only going by newspaper stories, so I don’t know the whole facts or story from either side, but I certainly can see what happened here that caused a lawsuit to be filed in the first place.
From my take on the events of this story is that Randall Rush, just off his big lottery win, got approached by Jeremy Crawford to make an investment, to the tune of $4.5 million, on the lure that he was going to make a huge sum of money off it down the road. Somehow things didn’t pan out as stated, whereby Randall Rush became concerned that he could lose his investment, less than a year later, filed a lawsuit.
Jeremy Crawford, on the other hand, drew himself a red flag as was living an incredibly lavish lifestyle, as stated by a US judge in the court battle, so probably didn’t help his case any. After some nastiness, according to the newspaper article that quoted Jeremy Crawford, eventually both parties settled the lawsuit.
Before I go further, I don’t think I need to emphasize that money and friends don’t mix, and that the same applies with family too, so a family friend is no different, as supposedly Rush was a friend of Crawford’s father, or something along those lines. I can pretty well assume that they are no longer friends, and may possibly be a strained relationship between Randall and Jeremy’s father too.
As stated in a previous post, that money is thicker than blood, it unfortunately is true having dealt with it in my own family. And having also helped friends too, have been taken advantage of and turned against as well. Money only works with family & friends if it is given freely with no strings attached, not as a loan, and not held over one’s head for any help down the road either because it likely won’t happen.
Although I think they are both at fault here, I am leaning on the side of Randall Rush, as to who is in the right here, mainly because I read that he was almost homeless himself and going to use the interest from his lottery win to help those in need plus he is a cat lover, as has a cat named Conway Kitty. Those I can definitely relate to as I came close to being homeless too, would help others if I won a huge lottery and also my cat, who has her own survival story to tell, means the world to me. But I do think he became a little greedy when Crawford offered to turn some of his millions into many more millions, which blinded him into not carefully analyzing the investment beforehand.
My only question would be from having a modest life, then all of sudden becoming a millionaire 50 times over, wouldn’t that be enough? That’s already a lot of money, more than anyone would need in a lifetime, that could do something significant with, without needing more money on top. I mean just the interest alone one could live nicely off and help others as well.
As for Jeremy Crawford, maybe he meant well but things didn’t turn out as planned and his lesson should be not to approach friends for a large amount of money like that, no matter what the circumstance, because it sure ended badly here and could have been worse.
When you let the greed of money lure you, where you end up stepping on people and getting yourself in hot water, is not worth it. I think if you climb the ladder of success by helping others along the way, that will pay more in dividends in the long run.
And to think while talking about the rich being petty about their millions, all I’m striving for is in the thousands for a down payment so my cat and I can have a place of our own to be away from family members who have caused me so much stress from their greed and selfishness, putting money above family relationships, even though were helped by me to be in a better position they are in now. You can’t help but ask where is the fairness?
What an ideal world it would be if everyone could put their differences aside and focus on doing good deeds for others. Helping one another is the only way to spread goodwill around. But the sad truth is, that most are only looking out for themselves…as greed gets in the way of it all!
Update 07/01/20: Battle between Randy Rush and Jeremy Crawford continues on…
Randy Rush has written a couple books. Bloodsuckers: The Life and Cons of Jeremy and Amy Crawford (and the rest of the Crawford Clan) and 13 Billion To One
Jeremy Crawford has also written a book too: The StartUp King: The Rise. The F*ckup. The Comeback.
I guess I should work on my book too on my cat’s life and the injustice she recently faced. It will be called Don’t Mess With A Elderly Cat In A Pandemic. Anyone would like to pre-order?