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NBA Gambling Ban

The National Basketball Association yesterday banned Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter for life for violating the league's betting rules. Porter—who went undrafted in 2019 before one season with the Memphis Grizzlies and three in the NBA's developmental G League—averaged just over four points per game with the Raptors.

The NBA began investigating in March after sports betting operators flagged an $80K bet with a $1.1M payout that Porter would underperform against the Sacramento Kings. Porter left that game early with a minor ailment—and a subsequent investigation found he had leaked information about his health to the bettor. The NBA says a similar incident occurred in January and Porter bet on at least 13 games in the 2023-24 season using an associate’s account. The announcement is the NBA's first big gambling scandal since referee Tim Donaghy's felony charges in 2007.

In related news, the NBA play-in tournament continues, with the playoffs set to begin April 20. See the latest play-in tournament schedule and playoff picture.

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