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Why Did Former NFL Star Clinton Portis File for Bankruptcy?

Sporting News reports that former NFL star Clinton Portis has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after running up more than $4.8 million in debts. The news outlet says that the debt is the equivalent to 11 percent of what Portis earned during his nine-year career as a running back. According to court documents, the former All-Pro owes money to multiple creditors including a phone provider and an Atlantic City casino. He also owes back taxes, and his BMW was recently repossessed. Strangely, Portis also owes money to his mother, Nischelle Turner, a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and CNN, in addition to domestic support payments totaling $400,000 to four women. The Sporting News speculated that he may owe his mother money because a home he had built in Florida for her was going to enter into foreclosure proceedings recently, which the bankruptcy halted. Court documents indicate that Portis currently receives about $3,500 per…
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