Maverick Carter, the manager and business partner of LeBron James, has reportedly admitted to placing bets on the NBA through an unlicensed bookmaker.
This is reported by the Washington Post. Accordingly, Carter was interrogated by the FBI in November 2021. It was about the Wayne Nix case. The former baseball player was found guilty in 2022 for an illegal betting business and tax evasion. His business ran for over 20 years and had numerous former professionals as customers, including Bulls legend Scottie Pippen.
Carter also placed about 20 bets on football and basketball games ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, according to the Post. Carter was questioned about this, but could not recall whether he had also placed bets on Los Angeles Lakers games, for which Carter’s business partner, LeBron James, plays.
James himself stated after the Lakers’ defeat in Oklahoma City that he knew nothing about the FBI’s questioning of Carter “until 24 hours ago.” “Maverick is a grown man and at the end of the day, sports betting is legal,” James said. “You can grab your phone and do whatever you want with it. He’s not affiliated with the NBA or NFL, so he can do whatever he wants.”
In this regard, James is right. Only players, team members, league employees and agents are prohibited from betting on NBA games. However, Carter is just a business partner of LeBron, so in theory he should also bet on Lakers games.
Adam Mendelsohn, James and Carter’s spokesman, also said in a statement to the Post: “Mr. Carter was not the target of the investigation. He cooperated, was never charged, and was no longer contacted by authorities.”
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