LeBron James’ Manager Maverick Carter Confesses to Illegal NBA Betting with Bookie

‣ LeBron James’ manager, Maverick Carter, admitted to federal agents in 2021 that he used to bet on NBA games through an illegal bookmaker. He reportedly placed around 20 bets on both NFL and NBA games throughout a year, with bets ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.
‣ The investigation is primarily focused on Wayne Nix, a former minor league baseball athlete who pleaded guilty in 2022 to operating an illegal sports gambling business and filing fake tax returns. His operations reportedly had many star players as clients, including ex-Bulls star Scottie Pippen and MLB player Yasiel Puig.
‣ LeBron James stated that he was unaware of Carter’s talk with federal agents until recently, adding that his manager can do as he pleases within the legal frame. He also mentioned that he would miss a game with his team if it coincides with his son Bronny’s college debut with the USC.

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The Washington Post dropped a bombshell this Thursday. It exposed that Maverick Carter, LeBron James’ manager, business partner, and friend, admitted to federal agents in 2021 that he used to place bets on NBA games through an illegal bookie.

Carter was interviewed by the FBI. He allegedly told officials that he “couldn’t remember placing any bets on the Lakers.” He also denied betting for others. This juicy tidbit was uncovered in a report summarizing Carter’s interactions with the Feds.

“In 2021 and before 38 states and the District of Columbia legalized sports betting, Maverick Carter was interviewed once by federal law enforcement,” said Adam Mendelsohn, a spokesperson for both James and his manager. He was discussing their investigation into Wayne Nix. Mendelsohn added, “Mr. Carter was not the target of the investigation, cooperated, was never charged, and never contacted again on the matter.”

Reports suggest that Carter admitted to placing around 20 bets on both NFL and NBA games over a year. The bets ranged from $5,000 to $10,000. The NBA prohibits athletes, teams, and officials from betting on the competition. The National Basketball Players Association decided to include agents in this regulation. However, business managers were conveniently left out from both sides of the rulebook.

The investigation is primarily targeting Wayne Nix. He’s a former minor league baseball athlete who pleaded guilty in 2022. It was confirmed he conspired to operate an illegal sports gambling business while filing fake tax returns. Prosecutors say his operations ran for at least two decades and had many star players as clients. These included ex-Bulls star Scottie Pippen and MLB player Yasiel Puig.

The baseball outfielder’s plea changed to not guilty for a federal charge of lying to law enforcement agents. His trial is set for January. “The government’s decisions not to charge the prominent Black athlete and the Black business manager… notwithstanding their false statements,” said prosecutor Mitchell of his case. He added, “Undercuts [Puig’s] claim that the government’s actions arise from bias.”

LeBron recently stated that his manager is “his own man” and can do whatever he wants within the legal frame. Following Thursday’s 133-110 loss to the Thunder, James admitted he wasn’t aware of Carter’s talk with federal agents until “the last 24 hours.” He added that his manager can do as he pleases within the legal frame.

“Maverick’s his own man and at the end of the day, gambling is legal,” LeBron said. “I mean, you can go on your phone right now and do whatever you want. And he has no affiliation with the NBA or NFL, so, he can do what he wants to do.”

As his son Bronny is cleared to return to training after his cardiac arrest, the 38-year-old also told members of the press that he’s already announced to his teammates and staff that he’ll miss a game with the team if it is scheduled the same day that his son Bronny is set to make his college debut with the USC.

“Whenever he’s cleared and ready to have his first game, I already told my teammates that if they play on the same day we’re playing, I’m going to have to catch them the next game,” the superstar said. “Family over everything … But definitely got to see Bronny’s first game whenever he’s cleared and ready to go.”

James Shotwell
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