One NBA star could be banned for life over this ugly scandal

Pro sports is a hot mess right now.

None of the focus is on what’s happening on the field of play.

And now one NBA star could be banned for life over this ugly scandal.

NBA player under investigation for gambling 

The NBA is reportedly investigating Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter after the league discovered gambling irregularities involving bets on “prop bets” – i.e. how many points, rebounds, assists, three-pointers made, etc. – Porter would record in a game.

League officials are looking into Raptors games on January 26 and March 20 where Porter left games early due to injury and there were increased wagering on in Porter to go “under” – meaning record fewer – his number for made three-point shots, points, and rebounds in those games.

“In DraftKings Sportsbook’s daily report of betting results, the under on made 3-pointers for Porter was the biggest money winner. Additionally, there was increased betting interested on the under for Porter’s props in general,” Mediaite reports.

“Another sportsbook also detected “unusual interest” in the 24-year-old’s props, with one source claiming that multiple accounts tried placing bets between $10,000 and $20,000 on his unders,” Mediaite adds.

If the NBA finds Porter left the games early because he bet on himself to go “under” the number of three-point shots, points scored, or rebounds collected there will be calls for the league to ban him for life.

This is the nightmare scenario fans feared when the Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports gambling and all pro leagues raced to form partnerships with sports books.

A player compromising the integrity of the game by trying to score fewer points is no different than betting on his team to lose.

Sports built their stature in American life because fans believe the games are on the level and the outcome is in doubt.

Should the public no longer believe what they are watching is a legitimate competition, then the foundation that turned sports into a multi-billion dollar juggernaut collapses.

Multiple gambling scandals rock sports

Major League Baseball also found itself in the middle of a gambling firestorm.

Superstar Shohei Ohtani is under fire after changing stories about his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara – using $4.5 million of Ohtani’s money to cover his gambling debts.

The Dodgers first claimed Ohtani paid Mizuhara’s debts but then reversed course 24 hours later and said Mizuhara stole the money from Ohtani.

Ohtani then appeared before the press to read a prepared statement and take no questions – which all looked highly suspicious to sports writers – claiming Mizuhara took advantage of him.

“I never bet on baseball or any other sports or never have asked somebody to do that on my behalf,” he said. 

“And I have never been through a bookmaker to bet on sports,” Ohtani stated.

“Up until a couple days ago, I didn’t know that this was happening. […] In conclusion, Ippei has been stealing money from my account and has told lies,” Ohtani added.

“To the representatives in my camp, Ippei told to the media and representatives that I on behalf of a friend paid off debt,” Ohtani continued. “Upon further questioning, it was revealed that it was actually in fact Ippei who was in debt and told my representatives that I was paying off those debts.

“All of this has been a complete lie,” Ohtani concluded.

Sports gambling isn’t going anywhere.

And so unfortunately these scandals in the NBA and MLB are likely the tip of the iceberg.

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