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Report: Ex-Ravens RB Jamal Lewis files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy

Ex-Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Online bankruptcy records available Sunday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Georgia show Lewis has assets of about $14.5 million and owes about $10.5 million.

Lewis and his attorney could not immediately be reached for comment by The Baltimore Sun on Sunday.

The records from Atlanta, filed last month, show Lewis has five homes, a 401K worth about $500,000 and ownership in a Columbus, Ohio, waterpark that's valued at $6 million. Lewis' Super Bowl ring that he won with the Ravens in 2001 is listed along with a fur at a value of $17,500.

But among the companies the 32-year-old Lewis owes are Bank of America (liens for $947,876 and $260,000) and Mercedes Benz ($113,000), according to the records. The records say Lewis expects to have the funds to repay his unsecured creditors.

Bankruptcy records show the U.S. trustee for the case is requesting the bankruptcy be converted to Chapter 7 liquidation or dismissed because Lewis hasn't provided certain financial information or appeared for a scheduled interview regarding the case. A hearing is scheduled for June 5 to consider that request.

The website TMZ was first to report that Lewis had filed for Chapter 11.

Lewis, the Ravens' all-time leading rusher with 7,801 yards on 1,822 carries, was the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft. As a rookie, he helped lead the Ravens to their only Super Bowl victory.

He is one of just five NFL players who have rushed for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He rushed for 2,066 in 2003.

Lewis spent seven seasons with the Ravens before moving to the Cleveland Browns as a free agent. He played three seasons for the Browns before being released in 2010.

He has since joined more than 2,200 other former players in a lawsuit against the NFL that alleges the league concealed the health risks posed by concussions.

"[Concussion awareness is] something that I'm very concerned about," Lewis told The Sun in December. "It's just about getting the proper counsel and everything. It's more about [raising] awareness of where this is going and what it can lead to."

Lewis finished his NFL career with 2,542 carries, 10,607 rushing yards and 58 touchdowns.

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