Homeless Former College Athlete Claims Mom’s ‘Tough Love’ Is ‘Bad Parenting’

Ira is a former college basketball player from Chicago who is currently homeless in Southern California. His mother, Chante, claims that Ira has a substance abuse problem, but Ira adamantly denies it, saying he doesn’t think he fits “the stereotype.” Chante says that Ira posts to social media every day, pretending to live a “lavish” life that he “isn’t even close to living.” Claiming that Ira makes up stories to get people to help him, she says, “He’ll tell people he needs the money until he gets his paycheck – but he doesn’t have a job.” Chante says she put her foot down, cut off Ira’s health insurance, and refuses to send him money because of his “reckless behavior.” Ira claims that his mother’s “tough love” is just “bad parenting.” Why does he say that Chante should be helping him to get on his feet? This episode of Dr. Phil, “From College Athlete to Homeless and Addicted,” airs Monday. Check your local listing to find out where to watch. WATCH: Former College Athlete Says He’s Not A Drug Addict, ‘Because I Don’t Think I Fit The Stereotype’ TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: A family/relationship divided?