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Jontay Porter Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

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Former NBA center Jontay Porter pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud Wednesday at an arraignment hearing in New York federal court, according to the Associated Press.

Porter was banned by the NBA for life in April for his role in a betting Scandal, in which a group of four men were to profit off of tips made by Porter that he would exit two Games early.

There is an ongoing prosecution of the four other men involved in the scheme.

It was revealed in June that the accused placed bets on the under on Porter's player props in Games that he ended up leaving early. 

Porter admitted in court Wednesday that he agreed to take part in the scheme to get out of substantial gambling bets.

"I know what I did was wrong, unlawful, and I am deeply sorry," Porter said in court.

Playing for the Toronto Raptors, Porter left a Jan. 26 game against the Los Angeles Clippers with what was called a re-aggravation of an eye injury after logging just four minutes of action. He recorded zero points, four rebounds, and one assist prior to his departure. 

He then left a March 20 contest versus the Sacramento Kings after three minutes due to illness. He pulled down two rebounds in just three minutes on the court.

An NBA investigation found that Porter also bet on games he didn't play in.

Possible jail time

The 24-year-old could face anywhere from three to a little more than four years in prison, in addition to hefty fines. He will be sentenced on Dec. 18.

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