Jontay Porter pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud

July 10, 2024
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His lawyer had previously said that Porter was cooperating with authorities while being treated for a gambling addiction.

Former NBA and Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter has now pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on July 10, tied to a federal criminal case involving the betting scandal that led to Porter being banned from the league for life. 

Porter entered the plea at his arraignment in a New York federal court and was set to be released on bond of $250k. 

His lawyer had previously stated that he was cooperating with authorities while being treated for a reported gambling addiction.

In his court hearing on July 10, Porter admitted to withdrawing early from games in an attempt to make up for large gambling debts and so he and co-conspirators could win bets on his performance. 

Porter apologized and said he was deeply sorry for his actions. 

He will be sentenced December 18 and could face just under three and a half years in prison to a little over four years. Porter will also likely be assessed hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution, plus potential fines.

An NBA probe found that Porter exited at least one game for gamblers’ sake while also wagering on NBA games in which he didn’t play in. He once bet against the Toronto Raptors as well. 

After tipping off the co-conspirators, Porter claimed injury or illness and withdrew from games on Jan. 26 and March 20 after only minutes on the court. 

Porter played only briefly on those dates before complaining he was hurt or sick and exiting the games. His points, rebounds and assists in both games fell below sportsbooks’ expectations.

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