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Canada takes action on ex-NBA center Jontay Porter’s gambling scandal

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Canada takes action on ex-NBA center Jontay Porter’s gambling scandal

Former Toronto Raptors center Jontay Porter made headlines when he received a lifetime ban from the NBA for his unauthorized sports gambling involvement. Details around Porter’s ordeal continue to emerge with Canada taking action on the ex-basketball star.

Authorities in Canada are opening a criminal investigation into Porter’s betting scandal, per ESPN. After completing an assessment of available information for “online betting irregularities from Jan. 26 and March 20 Raptors games,” the Investigation and Enforcement Bureau determined a criminal investigation was warranted.

Moreover, four men have been charged with wire fraud by U.S. authorities in connection with prop bets placed on Porter’s statistics during the Jan. 26th game against the Los Angeles Clippers and the March 20th game against the Sacramento Kings. As of June 18th, no charges against Porter have been announced.

Adam Silver released an elaborate statement after the NBA banned Jontay Porter for his gambling involvement.

“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 met with the more severe punishment,” Silver said in a league’s press release. “While legal sports betting creates transparency that helps identify suspicious or abnormal activity, this matter also raises important issues about the sufficiency of the regulatory framework currently in place, including the types of bets offered on our games and players.

“Working closely with all relevant stakeholders across the industry, we will continue to work diligently to safeguard our league and game.”

The details behind Jontay Porter’s prop bets investigation 

On the night of Toronto’s Jan. 26th matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, there was increased interest on the under for Porter’s props.

His marks were set at 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. He was also subject to a 0.5 over/under for his made 3-pointers. Porter only played four minutes that night before leaving from what the Raptors described as a reaggravated eye injury he had suffered in a Memphis Grizzlies matchup four days prior.

Porter did not score in the Clippers game and had three rebounds and one assist. Moreover, he did not attempt a three-pointer. Thus, the under hit on all of his props.
One day later, DraftKings Sportsbook reported that the under on Porter’s three-pointers was the biggest money-winner for bettors of any NBA props from games that evening. Porter then played 19 minutes and scored 12 points in addition to seven rebounds and three assists two days later.

Then, on March 20th, Porter played just three minutes against the Phoenix Suns before exiting with what the Raptors said was an illness. He finished with zero points and two rebounds.

Sportsbooks had Porter’s over/unders set at roughly 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. The day after the game, DraftKings Sportsbooks reported that his props were the best money maker from March 26th’s night of NBA games.

Of course, Porter is no longer on his two-way contract with the Raptors. It remains to be seen how the investigation from Canadian authorities will affect Porter’s status.

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