LeBron James Manager Maverick Carter Admits To Illegal Sports Betting

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
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LeBron James’ manager and business partner Maverick Carter admitted to betting on sports at an illegal bookmaker. This comes from reporting by The Washington Post. Carter was interviewed by federal agents in 2021 during their investigation into Wayne Nix’s illegal gambling case. While Carter was not charged with any crime and did not violate any league or NBAPA rules, his proximity to the biggest NBA star raises many questions.

Lebron James Manager Illegal Sports Betting Explored

The reporting shows that Carter wagered approximately 20 times, with bets ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Who the illegal bookmaker was or how much Carter won/lost was not disclosed. Carter was only visited by agents once.

“In 2021 and before 38 states and the District of Columbia legalized sports betting, Maverick Carter was interviewed a single time by federal law enforcement regarding their investigation into Wayne Nix,” said Adam Mendelsohn, a spokesperson for Carter and James. “Mr. Carter was not the target of the investigation, cooperated, was never charged, and never contacted again on the matter.”

The NBA’s gambling policy prohibits all personnel associated with the league from betting on sports. This includes players, coaches, league and team officials, GMs, and so forth. Additionally, the NBAPA also prohibits player agents from betting on games and the NBA Finals. There are no such restrictions for players’ business managers; Carter falls under that category.

LeBron James spoke to the media about the situation after the Los Angeles Lakers 133-110 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. James stated he had no idea about Carter’s interview with federal agents.

“Maverick’s his own man, and at the end of the day, gambling is legal,” said James. “I mean, you can go on your phone right now and do whatever you want. And he has no affiliation with the NBA or NFL, so he can do what he wants to do.”

How This Situation Can Affect Leagues Gambling Policies

Carter broke no rules (aside from using an illegal bookmaker) when placing those 20 wagers. Since he is not affiliated with the league in any way, however, his very close ties with LeBron and other athletes could lead to stricter policies going forward.

With the rapidly growing popularity of the sports betting industry, regulators are constantly adjusting rules. A major story like this could motivate change in gaming policies on a regulatory and league basis.

With UFC betting, family members and close friends with “inside information” are prohibited from betting on UFC fights. Following the Maverick Carter story, a similar policy could be quickly adopted in the NBA. It is very likely that regulators and league