Maverick Carter, the manager and business partner of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, told federal investigators in 2021 that he bet on NBA games through an illegal sportsbook, reported Thursday the Washington Post.
The newspaper, citing federal law enforcement documents reviewed by the Post, reported that Carter told agents he “couldn’t remember to bet on the Lakers.”
Carter’s admission came during a November 2021 interview with brokers investigating bookmaker Wayne Nix, who has since pleaded responsible to charges stemming from his work at an offshore sports betting network.
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A spokesperson for Carter and James confirmed to the Post that the interview went ahead.
“In 2021 and before 38 states and the District of Columbia legalized sports betting, Maverick Carter was interviewed only once by federal law enforcement regarding their investigation of Wayne Nix,” the spokesperson said , Adam Mendelsohn, in a press release to the newspaper.
“Mr. Carter was not a target of the investigation, cooperated, was never charged and was never contacted again regarding this matter.
The Post said the report it reviewed indicated that Carter reported placing about 20 bets on football and basketball games over the course of a year, with each bet ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 .
He denied placing bets for other people, and Mendelsohn told the Post that Carter’s bets “have nothing to do with” James.
The NBA prohibits players, team executives, and league executives from betting on league games, and the National Basketball Gamers Association also includes brokers in its mandate, but business leaders are generally not included in one or the other group.
Carter, 42, was a childhood friend of James in Akron, Ohio. Today, they co-own a media company and are minority owners of the Boston Crimson Sox and English Premier League club Liverpool.
Prosecutors said Nix’s operation lasted 20 years.
American sports leagues have long opposed legalizing gambling, but since a 2018 Supreme Court ruling lifted restrictions outside of Nevada and gambling has been legalized in several states, leagues have adopted bets allowed.
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