Maverick Carter Representatives, business associates and friends of Los Angeles Lakers and NBA star LeBron James admitted he placed bets on league games through illegal bookmakers, according to a statement he issued Washington post This Thursday in the United States
LeBron’s rep acknowledges these facts in 2021 federal investigation into illegal bookmakers Wayne Nix. “In 2021, before 38 states and the District of Columbia legalized sports betting, Maverick Carter was interviewed once by federal agents. He was not a target of the investigation, he cooperated, and has never been interviewed again on the matter. have been charged or contacted,” a spokesman for the representative and player explained to US media.
Carter admitted that he placed approximately twenty bets on football and basketball games over the course of a year, amounting to between $5,000 and $10,000. The representative said he did not recall betting on any Lakers games.
NBA bans players, executives from betting bans from teams and leagues, while the NBPA Players Association extends that ban to their agents. Neither organization has rules regarding representatives and managers of players’ commercial and business relationships.
In the case of LeBron, the distinction between agent and representative can be considered somewhat blurry.The official statement is Rich Paul He acted as agent, a function performed by the maverick Carter that on paper did not include any on-track negotiations.
LeBron defused it
After Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which the Lakers lost 133-110, LeBron James assured that he had no idea until now that Carter was cooperating with authorities in the investigation and downplaying the matter.
“Mavericks make their own decisions, ultimately gambling is legal. I mean, you can turn on your phone right now and do whatever you want. He has no affiliation with the NBA or NFL, so he can do whatever he wants,” he said in a statement to the media in Oklahoma City. “The only reason this has any impact is because he is very close to me. near. ”, he solved.