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NBA Hands Down Lifetime Ban to Jontay Porter Over Sports Betting Violation

Written by: Michael Savio
Published April 18, 2024
6 min read
NBA Hands Down Lifetime Ban to Jontay Porter Over Sports Betting Violation

Ontario recently became the center of one of the biggest sports betting scandals in NBA history. 

It started when DraftKings and a sports betting regulator contacted the NBA over suspicious betting centered around props for Raptors role player Jontay Porter. A large amount of money was wagered on parlays involving the under on Porter prop bets in a game in March. During the game, the former Raptor exited with a mysterious ailment, leading to a $1.1 million parlay win. DraftKings noticed the unusual activity and froze the wager to investigate before paying it out.

On Wednesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Porter would receive a lifetime ban from the league. While the investigation is ongoing, investigators have uncovered evidence of his participation in the scandal, as well as other violations. Those violations involve Porter betting using a friend’s account, including bets against his team. 

"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 game rules are being met with the most severe punishment," Silver said while announcing the ban.

While Porter may appeal the decision, the evidence against him seems too great.

Mixed Reactions Around Scandal

Once the NBA announced they were investigating Porter over sports betting, the reactions came in quickly. Many argued that this happened because of the fast expansion and loose regulations around sports betting. Other scandals have been popping up in college and pro sports, and they believe this one is yet another example of the dangers of legalizing sports betting.

However, many others have pointed out that Porter was only found out because of the regulations put in place. Not only did DraftKings immediately flag the bet in question, but an independent regulator also reported it. Betting scandals existed far before the legalization of sports betting, but they were far more challenging to uncover. With legalization have come regulations that are helping catch these scandals quickly, making it seem as if they have only recently become an issue.

While the debate over the state of sports betting is far from over, Porter's situation shows how effective current regulations are.

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Michael Savio

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Michael is an avid sports fan and a veteran bettor from Milwaukee. He learned the trade from his grandfather in Las Vegas as a kid and has turned that into a successful career. He cheers for all Wisconsin pro teams along with his Alma Mater Arizona State. He specializes in baseball betting, but has experience in football, basketball, and hockey as well. When he isn’t pouring over stats, he’s spending time with his two young children.

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