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Lawyer: Porter handled for habit to playing

OTL presents the banning of prop bets (6:38) Jontay Porter’s prop bet scandal and student-athlete harassment have raised awareness to ban prop betting nationwide. (6:38) ESPN News Services Jun 7, 2024, 08:01 PM ET Jontay Porter, the former Toronto Raptors forward who was given a ban by the NBA because of a sports betting scandal

Lawyer: Porter handled for habit to playing

OTL presents the banning of prop bets (6:38)

Jontay Porter’s prop wager scandal and student-athlete harassment have raised consciousness to ban prop betting nationwide. (6:38)

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Jun 7, 2024, 08:01 PM ET

Jontay Porter, the previous Toronto Raptors ahead who was given a ban by the NBA due to a sports activities betting scandal, was “in over his head” with a playing habit, his lawyer stated Friday.

Jeff Jensen, a authorities investigations legal professional in St. Louis, additionally stated in a press release offered to The Related Press that Porter is cooperating with investigators.

“Jontay is an efficient younger man with sturdy religion that can get him via this. He was in over his head because of a playing habit. He’s present process therapy and has been absolutely cooperative with legislation enforcement,” Jensen stated.

It was his first assertion since a league probe discovered Porter disclosed confidential info to sports activities bettors and wagered on video games, together with betting on the Raptors to lose.

Additionally Friday a fourth man was arrested within the scandal as Ammar Awawdeh, 32, turned himself in following the arrests of three co-defendants earlier this week.

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A court docket grievance accuses Awawdeh of urgent an NBA athlete, recognized solely as “Participant 1,” to resolve playing money owed by leaving video games early. The tactic, which the 2 known as a “particular,” would assure a payout for anybody who wager on him to underperform in these video games, in accordance with the doc.

Utilizing an encrypted messaging app, Awawdeh wrote early this yr that he was “forcing” the participant to do it and advised him: “Screenshot this,” the grievance stated.

Awawdeh, who helps run his household’s New York Metropolis nook shops, was arraigned and launched on $100,000 bond to dwelling detention, with ankle monitoring. His lawyer, Alan Gerson, declined to touch upon the allegations.

Porter just isn’t charged within the case or named within the grievance. However particulars about Participant 1 match up with these in an NBA probe that resulted in his lifetime ban in April. The league discovered that he wager on NBA video games through which he did not play and pulled himself out of not less than one so {that a} wager would pay over $1 million for a bettor who had been tipped off.

Awawdeh and his co-defendants — Timothy McCormack, Mahmud Mollah and Lengthy Phi Pham — used prior information of Participant 1’s plans in order that they or their kin might place profitable bets on his efficiency in Jan. 26 and March 20 video games, in accordance with the grievance.

Porter performed solely briefly on these dates earlier than leaving the court docket complaining of harm or sickness.

A betting firm in the end stopped Mollah from gathering most of his greater than $1 million in winnings on the March 20 sport, in accordance with the grievance.

The defendants, who’re charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, haven’t entered pleas. Their attorneys have declined to remark aside from McCormack’s lawyer, Jeffrey Chartier, who stated that “no case is a slam dunk.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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