LeBron James’ manager, Maverick Carter, accused of using illegal bookmaker – report
Maverick Carter, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James’ manager and business partner, had confessed to partaking in illegal NBA game bets to federal investigators in 2021, according to The Washington Post.
The Post reported that in November 2021, Carter disclosed his involvement in an interview related to bookie Wayne Nix’s investigation, although Carter said he did not remember placing any bets on the Lakers.
Despite the investigation, Carter was never charged and confirmed in a statement to the newspaper that he had cooperated with law enforcement.
Federal law enforcement documents revealed that Carter had made approximately 20 bets on football and basketball games, denying he placed bets for others and stating that his betting had nothing to do with James.
The NBA strictly prohibits betting on league games, extending the rule to players, team officials, and agents, but not business managers such as Carter.
Carter, a childhood friend of James in Akron, Ohio, co-owns a media company with James and shares minority ownership in the Boston Red Sox and English Premier League club Liverpool.
Laws legalizing gambling outside of Nevada since a Supreme Court ruling in 2018 have led US sports leagues to embrace legal betting, despite their previous opposition.