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Jontay Porter pleads guilty to gambling scheme

Jontay Porter pleads guilty to gambling scheme
Jontay Porter pleads guilty to gambling scheme

Topline

Former Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire fraud, after he set up a gambling scheme that involved betting on NBA games and giving other gamblers information about his health, which resulted in him being permanently suspended from the league.

Key Facts

The former Raptor, who his lawyer said struggled with a gambling addiction, pleaded guilty during his arraignment in a New York federal court and was released on $250,000 bail, the Associated Press reported.

Porter was banned from the league for life in April over the betting scandal. The NBA said in a press release that an investigation found he had provided “confidential information to sports bettors” and restricted his attendance at one or more games for betting purposes.

Porter is expected to be sentenced in December and will likely have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and possible fines. Although the charge could carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years, Porter has agreed not to appeal a sentence of less than five years, ABC News reported.

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Crucial quote

During his arraignment on Wednesday, Porter reportedly expressed remorse, saying, “I knew what I did was wrong and unlawful and I deeply regret it.”

Large number

$59,094. That’s how much Porter bet on NBA games, even though he didn’t play them himself, using an employee’s online betting account from January through March, the league said. The total payout on the bets was $76,059, resulting in $21,965 in winnings.

Main background

Porter played for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2020-21 and then played in the NBA G League before playing for the Raptors last season. While sports betting has become legal in more states in recent years, the NBA does not allow its players to wager on league games. The NBA began investigating Porter after it identified a number of irregular bets involving him, including an increased interest in prop bets involving him in a January game in which he played just four minutes before leaving due to injury. After a March 20 game in which Porter also played just a few minutes and left early, his props were the biggest moneymaker for NBA player props on DraftKings.

What to look out for

What happens to Porter’s alleged accomplices? Four other people have been charged in connection with the scheme and have been summoned, but have not entered pleas, the AP reported.

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