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A court has ordered the arrest of former NFL running back Clinton Portis over unpaid child support.
Portis, whose current address is in Gainesville, has failed to make a single payment of court-ordered child support of $1,937 monthly to the mother of a child born in March 2015, according to court documents obtained by the Alachua Chronicle. The mother’s address is in Michigan.
The first request for enforcement was filed in October 2019 when he owed $103,775. After the former Washington Football Team and Denver Broncos running back failed to appear at hearings, an Order to Appear and Show Cause was issued on July 20, 2021, ordering Portis to appear before the court on Aug. 6 or be arrested, Alachua Chronicle reports.
When he didn’t appear on Aug. 6, he was found in civil contempt of the court, the Alachua Chronicle reports. Portis owes retroactive child support just under $148,000 before additional interest, and court documents state he has “the means and ability to pay, has guaranteed income, and has substantial retirement assets.”
The newspaper reports that on Aug. 13, a Writ of Bodily Attachment was issued ordering that Portis be arrested. He can purge the contempt order and be immediately released from custody by paying $148,032.49, which includes the payment of the Sheriff’s fee.
Portis made $43 million in the NFL but declared bankruptcy in 2015, USA Today reported in 2015.