April 15th, 2024

Police, Canada’s sport watchdog not investigating Raptors centre over match fixing

By The Canadian Press on March 26, 2024.

Toronto Raptors centre Jontay Porter, right, is defended by Orlando Magic centre Moritz Wagner (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2024, in Orlando, Fla. Toronto police say they are not investigating Raptors backup centre Jontay Porter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Phelan M. Ebenhack

Toronto police and Canada’s sport watchdog say they are not investigating Raptors backup centre Jontay Porter, who is the subject of an NBA gambling probe.

The league is looking into whether Porter purposely left two games early to impact bets involving his performance.

Both games where Porter allegedly fixed the bets took place in Toronto.

Although online gambling is legal in Ontario, the NBA has strict policies in place preventing players and team or league employees from participating in bets on professional basketball.

Canadian law enforcement is limited in its ability to prosecute match fixing because there are no specific provisions in the Criminal Code that prevent it.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport says it has no jurisdiction over match fixing in the NBA, and Canada doesn’t currently have a national program to address competition manipulation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 26, 2024.

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