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Former NBA player faces prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud

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The NBA made an example of former player Jontay Porter during the NBA season, when he received a lifetime ban for violating the league’s gambling policies.

Now, things have gotten even more difficult for Porter.

According to Bleacher Report, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and could face more than four years in prison.

This is why the NBA and other major sports have attempted to crack down on gambling by their players.

Porter was found to have rigged bets on himself, removing himself from games with the Toronto Raptors.

He averaged 2.0 points per game in 11 games with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2020–21 NBA season before sitting out of the league for the next two years.

In fact, he spent the 2021-22 and 2022-2023 seasons in the G League with teams like the Wisconsin Herd and Motor City Cruise.

He returned to the NBA last season and averaged 4.4 points per game in 26 appearances with the Raptors.

On March 25, the NBA opened its investigation into Porter’s dealings and on April 17 he was banned for life due to his actions.

So the next time any player or coach decides to get involved in the game, this could be an example of the consequences that could arise.

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