Former NFL RB Clinton Portis filing bankruptcy for $4.86 million

By Jesse Reed
Photo Courtesy USA Today

Clinton Portis has filed for bankruptcy, and according to filings documents obtained by Deadspin, he owes a ton of money.

The former NFL running back who made a name for himself making huge plays with the Denver Broncos and Washington has quite the laundry list of debt, which adds up to $4,857,659.50.

Among the top creditors are the IRS, a couple of prominent casinos, and most notably his own mother and a CNN reporter.

  • $500,000 to Entertainment Tonight correspondent and CNN contributor Nischelle Turner
  • $390,000 in back taxes
  • $170,000 to the Borgata casino in Atlantic City
  • $287,178.56 to the MGM Grand
  • A combined $1,223,020 in mortgage deficiencies
  • $500,000 to his mother
  • $412,000 in unpaid domestic support to four different women
  • $65,553 on a repossessed BMW
  • $899.09 in unpaid telephone bills

It’s quite understandable that he’s filing for bankruptcy when you consider he’s bringing home relatively little these days. According to the documents Portis receives “$3,500 per month in disability payments from the NFL, and $1,000 per month for freelance sideline reporting at NFL games,” per Deadspin.

Over the summer it was already known that Portis was dealing with significant financial troubles, stemming from a bad investment in a casino. The project attracted other big names in the NFL, including Terrell Owens, Plaxico Burress, Roscoe Parrish, Gerard Warren, Kyle Orton, Greg Olsen and Santonio Holmes.

“This been ongoing since 2011, 2012. We just gotta go thru the court process,” Portis said in July, via CBSSports.com. “There’s nothing else I can do. My lawyers are currently dealing with this.”

This is just one of many cautionary tales for all the young athletes coming into money at a young age. Not all investments are worth sinking your money into, as Portis found out the hard way.