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Despite making more than $40 million, Clinton Portis is broke

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FILE - This Sept. 26, 2010, file photo shows Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, in St. Louis. The Redskins cut ties with Portis on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, ending his seven seasons in the nation’s capital.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)


Clinton Portis made enough money during his NFL career in Denver and Washington that he should be set for life: In nine NFL seasons, Portis made more than $40 million.

But Portis isn’t just not set for life, he’s broke. Portis filed for bankruptcy this week, saying he has debts of more than $5 million that he can’t afford to pay.

We noted in June that Portis had a debt to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas of $287,178.56, and that the IRS accused him of failing to pay $401,432.18 in federal income taxes in 2006, and $57,187.61 in federal income taxes in 2010. Portis also lists debts of $500,000 to his mother, $500,000 to Entertainment Tonight correspondent and former sideline reporter Nischelle Turner, $412,000 in “domestic support obligations” to four different women and $175,000 in car loans.

Portis’s failed business ventures have included sinking $8 million into a casino that went belly-up, and putting $2 million into a “wealth management” firm that was later described as a Ponzi scheme.

The 34-year-old Portis rushed for more than 1,200 yards in five of his nine NFL seasons.