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Former NFLer CLINTON PORTIS pleaded guilty Friday to "conspiracy to commit health care fraud, part of a scheme involving more than a dozen ex-NFL players." Portis is set to be sentenced on Jan. 6 and is "likely to face prison time." The charge to which he pleaded guilty "carries a sentence of up to 10 years." He admitted to "participating in a nationwide scheme" in which former NFLers "filed fraudulent reimbursement claims with the GENE UPSHAW NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which allows former players to seek funds for out-of-pocket medical care that is not covered by insurance." Former NFLers CORRELL BUCKHALTER and JOE HORN are "among the other ex-players who have pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme" (USA TODAY, 9/8).

NAMES: Buccaneers WR ANTONIO BROWN accused DREW ROSENHAUS, his former agent, in court papers last week of "masking his involvement in a marketing agency that is suing Brown" and of “double dealing." Rosenhaus represented Brown for 10 years before the duo split in early '20. In May, an agency called KCB Marketing sued Brown, claiming that he "owed commissions on $2.4 million in endorsement deals." The complaint did not "mention Rosenhaus or name the officers of KCB." According to a court filing made earlier this month, Brown alleges "KCB is 'a front' for Rosenhaus" (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/7)....Univ. of Kentucky basketball coach JOHN CALIPARI wants to "make sure Kentucky basketball fans sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine," so they can "experience only mild symptoms if they contract the virus like he did." Calipari had "been vaccinated" before his "breakthrough infection." He wanted to make sure that fans knew of others' shared experiences of "relatively minor symptoms thanks to the vaccine" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/8).

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