Raptors forward Jontay Porter receives permanent NBA ban for gambling

Porter wagered $54,094 on NBA games and won $21,965.

Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter has received a lifetime ban from the NBA for betting on league games and providing insider information to other bettors.

The permanent ban marks the first for a North American professional sports team in the post-PAPSA era, setting a new precedent for gambling-related infractions in the NBA. Porter’s banishment follows an investigation by the NBA that was initiated after DraftKings reported betting irregulates on two separate occasions for Porter’s player prop markets.

The NBA’s investigation found that Porter provided a known NBA bettor with information regarding his health status, which led the bettor to wager $80,000 on a Porter-centric same-game parlay that paid out $1.1 million. The league’s probe also found that Porter used an unnamed associate’s sportsbook account to place 13 wagers on NBA contests.

The bets, which were all placed this NBA season, ranged from $15 to $22,000. Collectively, Porter wagered $54,094 on NBA games with winnings reaching $21,965. The 24-year-old even placed a parlay wager that included a leg that had the Raptors losing a game.

“The AGCO is aware of the NBA’s announcement regarding Jontay Porter and is pleased the league has addressed the matter promptly and decisively,” said the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) in a statement. “This serious case of alleged insider betting and match-fixing was identified because regulated markets, like Ontario’s, require online gaming companies and independent integrity monitors to actively monitor and report suspicious betting, which then allows sports leagues, regulators, and law enforcement to respond appropriately. The AGCO requires all Ontario-registered gaming operators to ensure the sport betting products they offer are on events that are effectively supervised by a sport governing body. At a minimum, the sport governing body must have – and enforce – codes of conduct that prohibit betting by insiders. The NBA’s action on this matter speaks well of the integrity safeguards and oversight they have in place related to insider betting and match-fixing.”

Silver and the NBA will be cooperating with federal prosecutors in America amid the league’s investigation. The AGCO will be conducting a probe of its own through the Investigation and Enforcement Bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police, an embedded division of the commission.

Wealth of gambling experience for Porter

According to an Action Network report, Porter has a long history of sports betting that excludes NBA contests.

Between 2021 and 2023, Porter operated a VIP account at FanDuel in Colorado that was registered in his name. Porter placed more than 1,000 bets with the sportsbook but did not place wagers on NBA games during that span. NBA gambling rules allow players to bet on sports and other markets but not league contests.

Porter finished the 2023-24 NBA season averaging 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 26 games. The Missouri native also spent time with NBA G League team, Raptors 905.

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