Jontay Porter’s Lawyer Admits Gambling Addiction

It’s been two months since Jontay Porter got suspended by the NBA for a sports betting scandal.

Jontay’s lawyer recently spoke about his issues, explaining that the former Raptors player was overwhelmed by a gambling addiction and is now getting help. The Associated Press reported this, noting that Jeff Jensen, the lawyer involved in government investigations in St. Louis, has been cooperating with authorities.

“Jontay is a good young man with strong faith that will get him through this. He was in over his head due to a gambling addiction. He is undergoing treatment and has been fully cooperative with law enforcement,” said Jensen.

First Public Statement

This marks the first time anyone from Porter’s side has spoken to the media since the athlete disclosed confidential information to sports bettors and even bet on matches, including one where he wagered against his own team in Toronto.

So far, four men have been arrested in connection to this scandal. The latest arrest was of Ammar Awawdeh, 32 years old, who turned himself in after three others were detained last week.

Even Jontay’s brother Michael Porter Jr. didn’t know about his addictions. Michael had previously vouched for Jontay’s innocence: “Jontay loves basketball. I’ve known my brother my whole life. I know what type of dude he is and I know he’s excited to play basketball, and I highly doubt he would do anything to put that in jeopardy.”

However, Michael did admit that NBA players are aware of how their performances affect gamblers: “Yeah, especially the last few years you hear people in the crowd saying what they need you to score tonight or what they don’t want you to score.”

NBA Commissioner Speaks Out

In April, the NBA took an unprecedented step by banning Jontay Porter for life after finding out he shared confidential information with gamblers and bet on games while playing in the G League.

The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI have both collaborated on this ongoing investigation according to an NBA statement.

“There is nothing more important than protecting the integrity of NBA competition for our fans, our teams and everyone associated with our sport,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver when announcing Porter’s lifetime ban.

The league explained it was first alerted by licensed sportsbooks and organizations monitoring these markets about Porter’s suspicious activities. U.S Integrity—a Las Vegas firm working with bookies, leagues, and state gaming regulators—has been tracking Porter’s actions closely: “We are proud to continue supporting the NBA regarding regulated sports betting initiatives.”

I think it’s really sad when someone gets caught up like this

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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