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Warrant issued for former Redskin Clinton Portis for failure to appear in court in Md.

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2010, file photo shows Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis before the start of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Landover, Md. The Redskins cut ties with Portis on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, ending his seven seasons in the nation's capital. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

A warrant has been issued for former Redskins star Clinton Portis after he failed to show up in Montgomery County court on traffic charges Tuesday.

Online Maryland state court records indicate Portis came in contact with a Montgomery County police officer around 9:12 p.m. on January 3. At the time, Portis was in downtown Bethesda at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue.

Court records say Portis was driving a Florida vehicle without a valid license or registration. The records indicate his Florida license was suspended after he failed to appear in court – the same thing he’s accused of doing in Montgomery County.

According to the court records, Portis lives in Gainesville, Florida. However, he still spends time in the D.C. area, such as when he read to kids at a D.C. elementary school in March.

Portis was a star running back at the University of Miami before spending most of his professional career with the Redskins. He played for Washington from 2004 - 2010, and for much of that time was one of the team’s biggest stars.

Portis was known not just as a great player, but also for the outlandish characters he would dress up as for press conferences.

ABC7 News tried unsuccessfully to reach Portis Tuesday night. A man listed as representing him on the Internet emailed us to say he just runs Portis’s website and he didn’t know anything about the warrant.

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