MGM Grand Casino Sues Ex-NFLer Clinton Portis


     LAS VEGAS (CN) – Former NFL running back Clinton Portis owes a Las Vegas casino more than $10,000 for two unpaid markers, the MGM Grand Casino claims in court.
     The MGM Grand Hotel sued Portis on Friday, in Clark County Court.
     The casino claims Portis got two “negotiable credit instruments known as markers,” worth more than $10,000, on Jan. 31, 2011.
     The casino says the markers “were presented through normal banking channels for payment” on Portis’ bank account, but they were “returned dishonored and unpaid.”
     MGM Grand says it sent a written demand by certified mail on March 26, 2011, but Portis refuses to pay.
     The casino wants the money, plus $1,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees.
     The Denver Broncos drafted Portis in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft. He earned the NFL Rookie of the Year award after rushing for 1,508 yards and 15 touchdowns on 273 rushing attempts and catching 33 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns.
     The Broncos traded Portis to Washington in 2004. He finished his career with 9,923 rushing yards and 11,941 yards in total offense. He earned trips to the Pro Bowl in 2003 and 2008.
     Portis retired after the 2010 season and is among several former NFL players who in August 2013 sued the league over concussions.

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