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Blue Jackets' Johnson has $30M contract but files for bankruptcy; says others preyed on him

  • FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2013, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson move the puck against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2013, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson move the puck against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, Jack Johnson, a member of the 2013 USA Hockey Men's National Team and a member of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, speaks with reporters during the team orientation camp at the Kettler Captials Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, Jack Johnson, a member of the 2013 USA Hockey Men's National Team and a member of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, speaks with reporters during the team orientation camp at the Kettler Captials Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)  (The Associated Press)

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season.

In federal court records, the 27-year-old says his finances have fallen apart under his parents' management. He says creditors and his financial advisers took advantage of him through fraudulent transactions and predatory lending, with his contract earnings pledged as security for unconventional loans that he didn't authorize.

Johnson filed for bankruptcy Oct. 7, two days before the team began the regular season. Those filings indicated he owed more than $12 million. For estimated assets, he checked the box indicating $1 million to $10 million.

Johnson tells The Columbus Dispatch others led him down the wrong path and he's trying to fix that, but declined to comment further.