Former NFL star Clinton Portis has reached an agreement to repay $190,000 he owes to a New Jersey casino.
The former running back with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos was given $200,000 in credit in 2011 to gamble at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City. However, he didn't have sufficient funds to cover the debt, and six checks he signed to the casino bounced.
There was a big thread about this a while ago. In part, Portis was fleeced by his manager(s) as I recall....but also he had a rather elaborate and lavish lifestyle that was impossible to support post football. I feel for him as I enjoyed watching his play, and listening to him. And I like his inclusion on the Redskins reporting team and such. But his story is not unique.
“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.- Don Corleone” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather
Honestly, was anyone surprised he wound up broke? I loved Portis' competitiveness, but anytime he spoke, it was obvious he was dumb as dirt.
It had nothing to do with his intelligence. He used financial consultants that were certified or accredited through the NFL and they ripped him off in a ponzi scheme. He thought that he had a significant amount of savings and investments until one day it was gone. It's kind of like you being a smart guy and having Bernie Madoff as your money manager. He was a great guy who took a lot off smart people's money to the cleaners.
Sean Taylor: It's not difficult to separate it, ... When I'm here, I'm not worried about anything other than what's going on the field.