Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr defends brother amid playing probe

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Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. defended his brother, Toronto Raptors participant Jontay Porter, because the latter confronted an investigation over playing allegations earlier this week.

The investigation centered on prop bets involving Porter on two video games – Jan. 26 towards the Los Angeles Clippers and March 20 towards the Phoenix Suns. The NBA advised Fox Information Digital earlier within the week they have been wanting into the matter. ESPN first reported the probe.

However the Nuggets ahead used a few of his time with reporters on Wednesday night time to defend his brother after the crew misplaced to the Suns. He mentioned that whereas he didn’t have any extra details about the matter than the media does, he maintained his brother wouldn’t do something to jeopardize his profession within the league.


Michael Porter Jr vs Grizzlies

Nuggets ahead Michael Porter Jr. appears to be like to go the ball as Memphis Grizzlies ahead Santi Aldama defends, Monday, March 25, 2024, in Denver. (AP Picture/David Zalubowski)

“I’ve recognized my brother my complete life. I do know what sort of dude he’s and I do know he is excited to play basketball and I extremely doubt he would do something to place that in jeopardy,” Porter mentioned.

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Jontay Porter has but to deal with the state of affairs publicly and has missed the previous couple of Raptors video games with the crew, citing private causes.

Michael Porter Jr. added that he and others hear about how their performances have affected bettors.

“Yeah, particularly the previous couple of years, you hear individuals within the crowd saying what they want you to attain tonight or what they do not need you to attain,” he mentioned. “Each night time you are disappointing somebody. You are disappointing individuals in case you rating an excessive amount of as a result of they might have wager on the beneath, and also you’re disappointing individuals in case you did not rating sufficient.

“So, it is part of the sport now. I believe that it is clearly a harmful behavior. It is a harmful vice for individuals. , the love of cash is the basis of all evil. So, I believe that regardless that it’s a factor, we as gamers simply have to just accept that. We receives a commission some huge cash to play this sport and I do know these individuals, these followers, they need to make some cash, as nicely….

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Jontay Porter of Raptors fights for a rebound with Lindy Waters III of Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in Toronto, Canada, March 22, 2024. (Zou Zheng/Xinhua by way of Getty Pictures)


“It is undoubtedly one thing that has form of taken over the sporting world – I do not know if it is a good factor or a nasty factor.”

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ESPN broke down the state of affairs involving Jontay Porter, beginning with a Jan. 26 sport towards the Clippers, throughout which “elevated betting curiosity” was discovered on the beneath for Porter’s prop bets. 

Earlier than the sport, over/beneath prop bets have been created for Porter in factors (5.5), rebounds (4.5), assists (1.5) and three-pointers made (0.5). Porter, who averages 13.8 minutes per sport this season, would go on to play simply 4 minutes within the sport.

All of his prop bets hit the beneath, as he completed with no factors, three rebounds, one help and no 3-pointers made.

ESPN added DraftKings Sportsbook reported Porter’s three-pointers made beneath was the “largest cash winner for bettors of any NBA participant props for video games that night.”

Jontay Porter vs Magic

Jontay Porter of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket towards the Magic on March 17, 2024, on the Kia Middle in Orlando, Florida. (Fernando Medina/NBAE by way of Getty Pictures)

Then, within the sport towards the Suns, Porter had over/beneath prop bets set for 7.5 factors and 5.5 rebounds. Porter needed to go away with an sickness after taking part in simply three minutes. He did not rating after lacking only one shot try, whereas hauling in two rebounds.


As soon as once more, DraftKings Sportsbook reported Porter’s unders have been the highest moneymaker bets for the NBA on March 20.

Fox Information’ Scott Thompson and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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