Basketball Gambling: Jontay Porter banned from the NBA

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 at 20:22
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As reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania, Jontay Porter, former Toronto Raptors' player was banned from the NBA after the result of the investigation that linked him with bettors.
Jontay, Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr brother, was under investigation by the NBA after multiple instances of betting irregularities. In a game played by the Raptors on January 26th, there was unusual activity revolving around Porter props, which that night were set at around 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. There was also an over/under for Porter's made 3-pointers, which was 0.5.
He just played 4 minutes and had to exit the game because of an aggravation of an suppossed eye injury. suffered a few days earlier. Jontay did not score but registered three rebounds and one assist, and he did not attempt a single three, meaning the under hit on all of the props. The under on Porter's 3-pointers was the biggest money winner for bettors of any NBA player props from games that evening.
There was another game that Porter's attitude was suspicious. Sportsbooks had his over/unders set at around 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds for a game against the Sacramento Kings. Jontay only played three minutes and left the game due to an illness, registering 0 points and two rebounds. Again, Porter's prop bets were the No. 1 moneymaker from the night in the NBA.
The NBA informed that Porter shared inside information, telling a sports bettor he was hurt, removed himself from a game to control prop bets on his own play, and placed his own wagers on NBA games. A third individual placed an $80,000 parlay bet to win $1.1 million, betting that Porter would underperform against the Kings.
"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," stated the NBA comissionner Adam Silver.
Jontay becomes the second player to receive this punishment, only after Jack Molinas, all the way back to 1954.