Joey Porter, a former NFL linebacker who made tens of millions of dollars in his career, is once again facing financial problems.
Porter is facing a foreclosure lawsuit on a home he bought in Broward County shortly after signing with the Dolphins in 2007, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Porter got a $12 million signing bonus when he joined the Dolphins and could have used the money to buy the home outright, but he instead took out a $2.8 million mortgage. Boca Raton-based 1st United Bank says Porter hasn’t been making payments on that mortgage.
The home is in a gated community, and the homeowners’ association says Porter hasn’t been paying his dues. It’s the same gated community where former Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper also bought a home that is now in foreclosure.
This is the second indication in the last few months that Porter is having financial difficulties. Just before Christmas he was arrested for writing bad checks to a Vegas casino, although he was released when he came up with the money he owed.
Porter played 13 seasons in the NFL, eight with the Steelers, three with the Dolphins and two with the Cardinals.