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Jontay Porter banned from NBA for gambling on games, giving info to bettors and limiting play for betting purposes

David K. Li, NBC News

The NBA banned Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter, alleging he bet on games, passed on information to gamblers and claimed illness to influence a wager, the league said Wednesday.

Porter, 24, a 6-foot-10 power forward and center, is the brother of Denver Nuggets sharpshooter Michael Porter Jr. and has spent much of his pro career in the NBA’s developmental G League.


He played in 26 games for Toronto this season, averaging 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds. He also got into 11 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2020-21, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds.

“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 gaming rules are being met with the most severe punishment,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

The NBA said its investigation found that Porter had engaged in widespread gambling, against league rules.

It alleged that he “disclosed confidential information” about his own health status to an individual he knew to be an NBA bettor” before a March 20 game.

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