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Jontay Porter’s lawyer says banned NBA participant was ‘in over his head’ with a playing habit

Jontay Porter’s lawyer said his client is currently receiving treatment for gambling addiction and is cooperating with authorities. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) The lawyer representing Jontay Porter, the Toronto Raptors forward who was given a lifetime ban by the NBA for sports betting, said his client was “in over his head” dealing with a

Jontay Porter’s lawyer says banned NBA participant was ‘in over his head’ with a playing habit

Sean Leahy

Jontay Porter's lawyer said his client is currently receiving treatment for gambling addiction and is cooperating with authorities. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

Jontay Porter’s lawyer stated his shopper is presently receiving therapy for playing habit and is cooperating with authorities. (Photograph by Alika Jenner/Getty Photographs)

The lawyer representing Jontay Porter, the Toronto Raptors ahead who was given a lifetime ban by the NBA for sports activities betting, stated his shopper was “in over his head” coping with a playing habit.

In a press release sent to The Associated Press, Porter’s lawyer, Jeff Jensen, stated the Raptors ahead is present process therapy and cooperating with authorities.

“Jontay is an efficient younger man with robust religion that can get him via this. He was in over his head because of a playing habit,” the assertion learn. “He’s present process therapy and has been totally cooperative with regulation enforcement.”

The scandal involving Porter has now seen a fourth particular person arrested as 32-year-old Ammar Awawdeh turned himself in on Friday. Three co-defendants have been taken in earlier this week, together with Lengthy Phi Pham, who was apprehended while attempting to board a flight to Australia with a one-way ticket at John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport in New York. He reportedly had $12,000 in money, two cashier’s checks totaling $80,000, betting slips and three cell telephones on his particular person.

A courtroom criticism accuses Awawdeh of urgent an NBA participant, recognized as “Participant 1” to deal with playing money owed by leaving video games early, which might assure payouts for individuals who guess on Porter to underperform in these video games.

Awawdeh used an encrypted messaging app to say he was “forcing” the to participant to do it and instructed “Participant 1” to “Screenshot this,” in accordance with the criticism.

Awawdeh was arraigned and launched on $100,000 bond to dwelling detention with an ankle monitor.

Porter just isn’t named within the criticism neither is he presently charged.

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The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud have but to enter pleas.

The NBA’s investigation found that Porter purposely restricted his participation within the Raptors’ March 20 recreation towards the Sacramento Kings particularly to affect the end result of a number of bets on his efficiency. In opposition to the Brooklyn Nets, Porter claimed he felt ailing after taking part in simply three minutes.

The NBA additionally discovered that previous to the sport, Porter disclosed confidential details about his well being standing to “a person he knew to be an NBA bettor.” A unique particular person related to Porter additionally guess that Porter would underperform March 20 as a part of an $80,000 parlay the bettor positioned with a web based sports activities e-book.

From January via March 2024, whereas touring with the Raptors and the Raptors’ G League group, Porter positioned at the very least 13 bets on NBA video games utilizing another person’s betting account. These bets ranged from $15 to $22,000 for a complete of $54,094. The full payout from these bets was $76,059, leading to winnings of $21,965. Not one of the bets concerned any recreation wherein Porter performed, however he did guess on the Raptors to lose as a part of three completely different parlay bets. All three bets misplaced.

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