What’s it like to be an NFL running back? If you’re Clinton Portis, on the surface it’s pretty fantastic. The former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins player made about $43 million over the course of his 9-year NFL career. That’s an average of $4.75 million a year. With that kind of money, you should be able to do anything.
While we’re not sure what Portis spent his money on, we know that he didn’t spend his money on paying taxes to the IRS. He owes about $450,000 to Uncle Sam. But that’s not all he owes money to. Dig a little deeper and it becomes a little clearer where Clinton’s money was spent.
Portis also owes MGM Grand Casino nearly $300,000.
Now before you assume that this has to do with a sports player having a gambling addiction, it doesn’t. The owed money has to do with a failed casino project that Portis invested in back in 2011. Portis, along with 35 other NFL players, collectively lost almost $44 million thanks to some sort of scheme run by a financial advisor.
While this NFL player owes Vegas money for a reason that has nothing to do with gambling, the sports world is no stranger to losing money to Las Vegas and sports gambling in general. Here’s a look at some top athletes who have a penchant for betting:
The pro golfer recently admitted that he lost $55 million between 1991 and 2007. He examined his tax records to figure out exactly how much he lost. At first, Daly didn’t exactly realize how much he had lost because his winnings were $35 million. It’s easy to look at the wins and forget the losses, but when the losses are $90 million, which means a net loss of $55 million, that’s a pretty big number to overlook. Daly admitted that after losing a round of golf to Tiger Woods, he got out of dodge, travelled to Vegas, and blew $1.65 million in 5 hours.
Back in the 1960s, the Green Bay Packers star faced a suspension from the NFL for betting on games. How much? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Nope. We’re talking $500. That’s five hundred, in case you think we missed a zero or two there. That’s pennies by today’s standards, though the NFL salary back in the day wasn’t in line with the multi-million contracts we’re familiar with today. Hornung didn’t receive a lifetime ban though. He was suspended just for the 1963 season and returned the next year.