NBA gives Jontay Porter lifetime ban

NBA gives Jontay Porter lifetime ban

The National Basketball Association issued a lifetime banishment to Toronto Raptors’ Jontay Porter earlier this week for multiple violations of the league’s betting policies.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement on Wednesday: “There is nothing more important than protecting the integrity of NBA competition for our fans, our teams and everyone associated with our sport, which is why Jontay Porter’s blatant violations of our game rules are being met with the most severe punishment.”

The NBA began an investigation into Porter in late March after being alerted to suspicious bets by sportsbooks and U.S. Integrity, a gambling watchdog that works with college conferences, sportsbooks and professional leagues to monitor irregular and suspicious gambling activity.

In its press release, the NBA stated that its investigation remains open, and it is sharing information with federal authorities.

The NBA’s inquiry found that Porter bet on at least 13 NBA games from January to March, was “disclosing information to sports bettors” and “limiting his participation in one or more games for betting purposes.”

According to the NBA, Porter made individual wagers ranging from $15 to $22,000 that came to a total of $54,094 for the 13 games. His net profit on those bets came to $21,965, although he didn’t play any of those games.

However, three of his bets were parlays, all of which lost, and one included the Raptors to lose.

Porter, who was on a two-way contract with Toronto and its G-League affiliate, started to receive more playing time for the Raptors in January after they traded some key players and had multiple injuries.

From Jan. 5 to Jan. 20, Porter logged double-figure minutes in nine consecutive games. He started producing some numbers in this span, including nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in a road loss to the Clippers on Jan. 10.

Two nights later in a loss at Utah, Porter played a season-high 31 minutes, finishing with nine points, six rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Then on Jan. 18 in a home loss to Chicago, he contributed 10 points, four boards, four assists, two blocks and one steal.

With Porter starting to get steady minutes in early-to-mid January, sportsbooks started to post player props on him.

The two games in question regarding Porter manipulating his participation came on Jan. 26 and March 20. Toronto lost at home to the Clippers on Jan. 26, with Porter leaving the game early due to an eye injury originally sustained four nights earlier in a home loss to Memphis.

Porter was limited to zero points, three rebounds and one assist in merely four minutes and 26 seconds of playing time vs. the Clippers. Those stats resulted in winners for all the ‘unders’ for Porter’s player props.

According to a report from ESPN’s David Purdum citing multiple industry sources, several of the same betting accounts – located in New Jersey, New York and Arizona – attempted to make larger than normal bets on Porter’s props to go ‘under’ in the games on Jan. 26 and March 20.

There were multiple five-figure wagers ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 placed on Porter’s player props to go ‘under’ on Jan. 26.

Porter played in only three games in February, but he started getting regular minutes again in early March. In fact, he logged 16, 22, 21, 27 and 22 minutes in a five-game stretch from March 5 to March 17.

On March 11 in a loss at Denver, Porter had 14 points, five assists, two rebounds and one steal. Two nights later in a loss at Detroit, he finished with 10 points, six boards, six assists, four blocks and one steal.

Toronto lost 123-89 at home vs. Sacramento on March 20. Porter missed his lone shot attempt, went scoreless and grabbed two rebounds before removing himself from the game for an “illness” after playing only two minutes and 43 seconds.

Once again like on Jan. 26, all of his props (his totals were 7.5 for points and 5.5 for rebounds) fell ‘under’ their totals.

On March 20, DraftKings’ biggest loss in the player prop market was on Porter. One DraftKings’ gambler placed a six-leg parlay (at 13/1 odds) risking $80,000 to win $1.12 million on six of Porter’s props to stay ‘under.’

However, in its statement released Wednesday, the NBA revealed that DraftKings did not pay out the $1.12 million.

According to a report from the Action Network, Porter operated a FanDuel VIP account in Colorado from 2021 to 2023. Citing multiple sources with direct knowledge of Porter’s gambling activity on the account, Porter wagered millions of dollars and placed more than 1,000 bets.

“He was firing all the time,” one source told the Action Network.

Porter is the younger brother of Denver Nuggets’ star forward Michael Porter Jr.