NBA Player Jontay Porter’s Alleged Accomplice Arrested for Sports Gambling Scheme at JFK Airport

NBA Player Jontay Porter's Alleged Accomplice Arrested for Sports Gambling Scheme at JFK Airport
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Long Phi “Bruce” Pham was arrest­ed at JFK Inter­na­tion­al Air­port in New York and charged with con­spir­ing to defraud a sports bet­ting com­pa­ny as part of a scheme involv­ing for­mer Toron­to Rap­tors play­er Jon­tay Porter.

Porter received a life­time NBA ban in April 2024 for dis­clos­ing insid­er infor­ma­tion to gam­blers, inten­tion­al­ly lim­it­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion in games that had bets placed on him, and bet­ting on NBA games him­self — all in an effort to pay off large gam­bling debts.

Pham and three oth­er accom­plices alleged­ly told Porter he could clear his debts by influ­enc­ing the out­comes of games. Fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors say Pham knew Porter planned to exit games ear­ly, allow­ing bets on his per­for­mance to win.

Prof­its of over $1 mil­lion were made from bets on two such games where Porter left ear­ly, cit­ing minor injuries. Pham was arrest­ed try­ing to flee to Aus­tralia as the alleged mas­ter­mind of the scheme.

With Porter’s ban, he becomes the first active NBA play­er sus­pend­ed for gam­bling since 1954. The con­spir­a­cy and arrests have shed light on the poten­tial dan­gers of match fix­ing in pro­fes­sion­al sports through gam­bling debts and inside influence.

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