In a surprising turn of events, Maverick Carter, LeBron James’ manager and confidant, was embroiled in betting allegations related to NBA games, as reported by the Washington Post. Carter admitted to engaging in NBA betting during a 2021 investigation focused on illegal bookmaking activities tied to Wayne Nix.
During the federal inquiry concerning widespread illegal gambling across American sports, Carter acknowledged placing NBA wagers. However, Carter notably mentioned that he could not recall betting on any games involving the LA Lakers. The investigation occurred before the legalization of sports betting by 38 states and the District of Columbia.
LeNarrative: "21 years NO SCANDALS!!"
– Best friend & manager, Maverick Carter, admitted to illegally betting on NBA games during a 2021 federal investigation. Carter of course, claims that he can't remember betting on any Laker games 😂😂🤫
– His business… pic.twitter.com/UEYRvxIXRx
— Apex Jones (@ApexJones22) December 2, 2023
Adam Mendelsohn, spokesperson for Carter and James, clarified that Carter cooperated with investigators, wasn’t the primary subject of the inquiry, faced no charges, and received no further communication from federal authorities regarding the matter.
Implications and Unlikeliness of Legal Ramifications
Considering Carter’s integral role within the NBA and his deep involvement in LeBron James’ business ventures, it appears improbable that either Carter or James would encounter legal repercussions. Carter significantly contributed to James’ business dealings, including their partnership in the SpringHill Company and James’ investment in FC Liverpool.
LeBron James Stands by Jason Kidd Amid Media Controversy
Meanwhile, LeBron James stepped up to support former teammate Jason Kidd following a tense postgame interview. Kidd, who shared a history with James as an assistant coach during their Lakers tenure, faced scrutiny after the Dallas Mavericks’ victory over the Houston Rockets.
Kidd engaged in a heated exchange with ESPN reporter Tim McMahon during inquiries about Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving’s on-court dynamics. James, defending Kidd’s emotional reaction, highlighted the rarity of Kidd’s profanity-laden response, signaling the intensity of his discontent.
“For J to curse you know he wasn’t happy at all! I don’t think I ever heard him curse… He was HOT and quite frankly RIGHT!! Love J Kidd!” LeBron vocalized his support for Kidd via X (formerly Twitter).
Kidd’s frustration stemmed from press skepticism regarding the chemistry between Irving and Doncic. He urged reporters to balance their narrative, emphasizing the need for positive coverage when the chemistry flourishes.