NBA Investigating Jontay Porter of Raptors for Betting Irregularities

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is currently investigating Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter for potential betting irregularities. Porter was removed from the Raptors lineup before their game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night without a clear timeline for his return. The league issued a statement to ESPN confirming that they are looking into the matter.

The NBA is reportedly specifically examining two games where there was suspicious betting activity surrounding Porter’s prop bets. The first game was on January 26 against the Los Angeles Clippers, where Porter played only four minutes before leaving due to an eye injury. Despite playing such little time, all of his prop bets hit under, making it a lucrative day for bettors through DraftKings Sportsbook.

On March 20, in a game against the Phoenix Suns, Porter played just three minutes before being ruled out due to an illness. Once again, all of his prop bets hit under, attracting significant betting interest through DraftKings Sportsbook. Additionally, he missed the game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday for personal reasons.

It is important to note that NBA players and all league employees are prohibited from betting on any NBA games, including prop bets. Porter, the brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr., is in his first season with the Raptors on a two-way deal, averaging 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 26 games this season. While he made his debut with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2020, he did not play in the league for the past two seasons.

By Aiden Johnson

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