Martha Careful
a month ago
David Li NBC Sports wrote

Jontay Porter banned from NBA for gambling on games, giving info to bettors and limiting play for betting purposes

There is "nothing more important than protecting the integrity of NBA competition," Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

April 17, 2024, 12:37 PM EDT / Updated April 17, 2024, 3:45 PM EDT

The NBA banned Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter for allegedly betting on games, passing on information to gamblers and claiming illness to influence a wager, the league said Wednesday.

The 6-foot-10 power forward and center is the brother of Denver Nuggets sharpshooter Michael Porter Jr. and has spent much of his pro career in the NBA's developmental G League.

The 24-year-old Missouri alum played in 26 games this season for Toronto, averaging 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. He also got into 11 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2020-21, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds.

"There is nothing more important than protecting the integrity of NBA competition for our fans, our teams and everyone associated with our sport, which is why Jontay Porter's blatant violations of our gaming rules are being met with the most severe punishment," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

The NBA said its investigation found that Porter had engaged in widespread gambling, against league rules.

He allegedly "disclosed confidential information" about his own health status to an individual he knew to be an NBA bettor" ahead of a March 20 game.

Porter claimed to suffer from an illness during the game and only played three minutes, the league said.

An $80,000 online bet was placed ahead of the March 20 game that he would underperform, which would have paid out $1.1 million — though that conspicuously large amount led to the wager being "frozen" and "not paid out," the NBA said.

When Porter was on the Raptors G League affiliate from January to March, he placed at least 13 bets on NBA games using "an associate's online betting account," the league said.

Those wagers ranged from $15 to $22,000 and totaled $54,094, according to the NBA.

None of those bets were on games in which he played, the league said. Three of these bets were parlays — which require multiple correct results — with one calling for a Toronto loss, the league said.

He ended up profiting $21,965 from all of these wagers.

Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but this is what happens when a sport embraces gambling, and the NFL has embraced gambling.

What happens when a 7th round draft pick making league minimum misses a key block, or a big kick...or a punter place kick holder happens to mishandle a perfect snap at the end of a tight contest. OR a bad call happens to sway a game. OR a quarterback pulls a hammy late in the season just before gametime after a playoff spot has been secured, but they had a 1 in 8 chance of getting a higher seed.

Now there will always be questions about motivations....and there are so many ways to hide money flow nowadays, it is easier to get paid off without record.

When you play with fire, you are going to get burned and sports will be, if they have not already, corrupted by gambling....alas ☹.
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Zero2Cool
a month ago
I don't really care for gambling at all. I also think Pete Rose should be in the MLB Hall of Fame, assuming he bet only on his team to win. The debate I'd levy for that is he was amazing ball player. It's not like he was tanking and losing and was crap player.

The leagues advertising gambling and then suspending guys for gambling just feels weird. It's like your mom smoking and telling you not to.
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Martha Careful
a month ago

I also think Pete Rose should be in the MLB Hall of Fame, assuming he bet only on his team to win.

Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool 

I do not. And I don't think he should be anywhere close to the Hall of Fame.

Your "bet only on his team to win" argument is spurious and flawed.

to wit
It is Game 1 of a 3 game series. And I as manager bet on my team to win. Let us also assume, like most major league teams, I have a few good starters, a mixed bag of relievers and lets a stud closer.

It is the 5th inning and I am up 5-2 and my starter is tired. Normally I bring in an average to below average guy to relieve, ,saving my better guys for closer games and set-up for the closers. HOWEVER, SINCE I BET MY TEAM TO WIN, I bring in my second best reliever, a set-up guy. I will us him for two innings, when normally he is my 7th inning guy (i.e. one inning so he can pitch the next day if needed) Then, in the 7th, I will use the guy I normally use in the 8th for an inning +. If he falters, I will bring my closer to pitch 2 innings if needed because I really want to win THIS game. Then, if somehow the other team ties the game, and we go into extra innings, I am not putting reliever number 3 in....I am warming up a starter to get a win.

Further, if it is mid /late season, when I may give a veteran position player a rest, I will not....my $$$ are on the line.

Does it screw up my bullpen for the next two games,...of course, but I really don't care!!! As a betting manager, I don't care about all 162 games evenly...I disproportionately care about the games upon which I wager.

THIS BEHAVIOR RUINS THE INTEGRETY OF THE GAME.

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Zero2Cool
a month ago

I do not. And I don't think he should be anywhere close to the Hall of Fame.

Your "bet only on his team to win" argument is spurious and flawed.

Originally Posted by: Martha Careful 



I don't dispute this. I haven't put much thought into Pete Rose at all.

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