Michael Porter Jr. Defends His Brother Jontay Amid Betting Investigation


The National Basketball Association has recently opened an investigation into prop betting irregularities concerning Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter. The inquiry comes after a series of unusual betting activities were reported over several months, casting a shadow over the integrity of the sport.

Jontay Porter, a player who has oscillated between the NBA and the G League for four seasons, is at the center of this probe. The NBA’s focus is on prop bets involving Porter from games on January 26 and March 20, which have raised suspicions due to the patterns of betting and the outcomes of the wagers.

On January 26, during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, there was a noticeable spike in betting interest on the ‘under’ for Porter’s performance props. The lines were initially set at 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. Porter played only four minutes before exiting the game, citing an eye injury, resulting in the ‘under’ hitting on all prop bets.

A similar scenario unfolded on March 20 in a game against the Phoenix Suns. Porter participated for a mere three minutes before being removed due to illness. The sportsbooks had set his over/under at 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, and once again, the ‘under’ bets were successful.

The NBA’s gambling policy strictly prohibits players and league employees from betting on any league events, including prop bets. Violations can lead to severe consequences, including fines, suspensions, and even contract terminations.

As the investigation unfolds, the NBA will delve into the details of these bets and Porter’s involvement. The outcome of this probe could have significant repercussions for Porter’s career and the broader NBA community.

While Jontay hasn’t publicly addressed the situation yet, his brother, reigning champion Michael Porter Jr., addressed the investigation of his brother, while telling reporters he doesn’t think his younger brother would do anything to jeopardize his NBA career.

Per AP:


“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,”


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