Former NFL running back Clinton Portis has made a decision regarding his trial. The two-time Pro Bowler has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
This is an interesting decision from Portis, ending the prosecution without going to trial a second time.
Portis faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, which is roughly twice the amount he made from the fraud scheme. As part of his plea deal, Portis admit that he participated in a scheme to defraud the plan through false claims.
Additionally, the former All-Pro tailback will need to make restitution of roughly $99,000 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Players Health Reimbursement Account Plan.
After a hung jury in his recent trial, Clinton Portis pleads guilty to healthcare fraud; he will make nearly $100,000 in restitution and he faces up to 10 years in prison. https://t.co/ZbGpQpHiOF
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 7, 2021
Portis, a former second-round pick, began his career with the Denver Broncos. Before the 2004 season, he was traded to Washington in exchange for cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round pick.
The move from Denver to Washington didn’t affect Portis’ production, as he had 6,824 rushing yards, 1,340 receiving yards and 49 total touchdowns during his time in the nation’s capital.
Portis officially announced his retirement from the NFL in 2012. After he hung up his cleats, he joined several former players in a civil lawsuit against the NFL over concussion and head injuries.