Earlier this week, it was reported that two-time Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis and two other former NFL players plead guilty for their roles in a nationwide health care benefit fraud scheme to submit false claims for payouts totaling about $3 million.
Portis, Tamarick Vanover and Robert McCune admitted to participating in a scheme to scam the league’s retiree health care benefits plan, which provides tax-free reimbursement to former players and their families for out-of-pocket medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.
Kyle Turley thinks Portis and the other players did nothing wrong.
In fact, the former New Orleans offensive tackle took to Twitter and called out the NFL as being the real frauds.
“The only fraud committed here is by the @nfl parading around words like healthcare and the vacuum/traphouse THEY created! (angry emoji face)
NOTHING WAS STOLEN, IT WAS THE PLAYERS OWN MONEY!!!
follow it THEY say but y’all aren’t into journalism these days!”
The 45-year-old played nine season in the NFL. He played five with the Saints and a year with the St. Louis Rams before a serious back injury sidelined him for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He returned to football in 2006 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent the last two years of his career before announcing his retirement in December 2007.
Turley is best known for coming to the aid of a teammate by snatching the helmet off a Jets player and tossing it.