Clinton Portis dismisses federal fraud charges as 'fake news'

Chris Lingebach
December 16, 2019 - 12:19 pm

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis dismissed federal fraud charges against him as "fake news" in an interview with 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny on Monday.

Portis, 38, was named in a federal indictment – along with nine other former NFL players – announced by the U.S. Department of Justice last week, charging Portis with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud in alleged abuse of the the NFL's health reimbursement account, which provides tax-free reimbursement for out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance to former players.

Collectively, the DOJ alleges the indicted players stole over $3.4 million in false medical claims. Portis has reportedly turned himself in since the charges were announced and has been released until his next hearing.

"I honestly don’t have anything to say," Portis told 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. "I just would hope that people that's familiar with me, people that's around me, people who had the opportunity to converse with me, get to know me, would know better. It's some stuff that you see and you know exactly what it is."

"For everyone who continuously carries this story… bro, you already know I'm not into anything like that," Portis continued. "You really see people's true colors. When you think people support you, it's crazy how bad people want to see you fail and how much negativity people bring with them. But it's not gonna knock me off my stool.

"I think my God is a great, awesome god. The support that I've received from former players, from everyone, the support even being at the game. You know, seeing a Portis jersey and people running up and pulling me in favor. It's just appreciative. For me, I would think people know me better than that to know what I'm into, to know what I stand for as an individual. There's nothing else I got to say about it."

Asked when he learned of the charges, Portis replied, "I mean, like I said, there's nothing else I got to say about it. I just spoke my piece and just would hope that you all, in having the access to me and knowing me, and being around me and seeing my work within the community and the charities and everything else, would know better. I think more people should spread the positive than running with this, what I would call fake news."

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