‘I Know What I Did Was Wrong’: Jontay Porter Pleads Guilty

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
Jontay Porter

Jontay Porter pleased guilty, standing before a judge Wednesday in during his arraignment. Porter pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy in the sports betting scandal that led to his ban from the NBA. Porter will owe an estimated $456,000 in fines and restitution. The prosecution has also recommended prison time.

Porter In The Court

Porter stood before Brooklyn Judge James R. Cho, where he admitted to the sports betting scheme. Prosecutors recommend a prison sentence of 41 to 51 months. The sentencing date is Dec. 18. Porter turned himself in Wednesday morning and was released on a $250,000 bond. Per his bond release agreement, Porter must continue with gambling counseling.

“I know what I did was wrong and unlawful, and I’m deeply sorry,” said Porter to Judge James R. Cho.

The former Toronto Raptors forward has admitted in court to using his position to rig NBA games. He stated that he purposefully tipped off other gamblers in an effort to pay off his own personal gambling debts. The illegal wagers led to approximately $1 million for the gamblers.

Four gamblers, Mahmud Mollah, Timothy McCormack, Ammar Awawdeh, and Long Phi Pham, are also facing charges. These gamblers are facing charges after cashing bets on two games Porter purposefully left early, which led to his Under betting lines hitting.

Jontay Porter Sports Betting Conspiracy

The Jontay Porter guilty plea means he now admitted to tipping off the quartet of bettors for two games while playing for the Toronto Raptors. On Jan. 26, when the Raptors played the Los Angeles Clippers, Porter left the game early, claiming an injury. Then again, on Mar. 20, when facing the Sacramento Kings, Porter left the game early, claiming sickness. In both these games, the quartet allegedly placed huge bets on Porter’s Under markets.

Porter received the NBA ban in April. Following the banning, in a group chat with the quartet, Porter texted, “might just get hit with a Rico,” alluding to a potential racketeering charge. Porter asked everyone in the chat to wipe their phones clean.

Long Phi Pham attempted to flee the country in June but was stopped and arrested at JFK. Now, all defendants are facing wire fraud cases following a federal investigation.

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