Jontay Porter, a former player for the Toronto Raptors, is facing a federal felony charge related to a sports betting scandal that led to his ban from the NBA. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn filed a criminal information sheet, which indicates the seriousness of the case but does not specify the exact charges or court date. This case is tied to an ongoing prosecution involving four men accused of exploiting inside information from Porter about his planned early exits from games.

The Scandal Unfolds

Porter’s lawyer, Jeff Jensen, has stated that Porter was overwhelmed by a gambling addiction and is now receiving treatment while cooperating with law enforcement. The Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office, led by Breon Peace, has not commented on these recent developments.

An NBA investigation in April revealed that Porter provided tips to bettors about his health status and intentionally exited at least one game under the pretense of illness. This allowed bettors to win by wagering on his underperformance. Furthermore, Porter was found to have gambled on NBA games in which he did not play, including betting against his own team.

Co-conspirators and Their Charges

The four men implicated alongside Porter—Ammar Awawdeh, Timothy McCormack, Mahmud Mollah, and Long Phi Pham—have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They appeared in court last month but have yet to enter pleas. They have been released on bonds of varying amounts. The court complaint against these men alleges that they used insider information from Porter to place successful bets on his performance. Porter, referred to as “Player 1” in the complaint, was pressured by Awawdeh to settle significant gambling debts by intentionally underperforming in games.

Details of the Betting Scheme

The complaint details how Porter informed the defendants about his plans to leave games early due to supposed health issues on January 26 and March 20. As a result, Porter played only briefly in those games before exiting, with his performance falling below the betting line. Mollah, McCormack, and a relative of Awawdeh placed bets on Porter underperforming and reaped significant financial rewards, although a betting company ultimately withheld most of Mollah’s over $1 million winnings from the March 20 game.

Following the investigation by the NBA and other authorities, Porter sent encrypted messages to his co-conspirators, warning them they might face federal racketeering charges and advising them to delete incriminating information from their phones.