NBA 2K league, official esports competition that includes both the NBA and NBA 2K Take-Two Publishingjust “indefinitely suspended” six players and a coach for involvement in a betting scandal.
According to a statement released by the league, an internal investigation revealed that players Marquis Gill, Christopher Lafanette, Dorian Earl Miller, and Robert Nastasi of Blazer5 Gaming (Portland Trailblazers esports team), Kimanny Ingram of Jazz Gaming (of the Utah Jazz), and Zekirri Dennis of the Mavs Gaming (Dallas Mavericks) were “indefinitely suspended” for “violating gambling and fantasy league rules.”” Blazer5 Gaming coach Andrew Maxey received the same penalty for the same infraction.
The investigation revealed that Dennis, Ingram, Lafanette, Miller and Nastasi were betting on either, or tried to place a bet 2K League games, while Gill and Maxi were reportedly aware of the stakes and “did not report wrongdoing or cooperate fully with the investigation.”
The full statement reads:
NBA 2K League players Marquis Gill, Christopher Lafanette, Blazer5 Gaming’s Dorian Earl Miller and Robert Nastasi, Jazz Gaming’s Kymanni Ingram and Mavs Gaming’s Zekirri Dennis have been suspended indefinitely from the NBA 2K League and any of its teams for violating league rules. The rules of gambling and fantasy, NBA 2K League president Brendan Donoghue announced today. Blazer5 Gaming coach Andrew Maxey was also suspended indefinitely for gambling and fantasy violations.
Following an investigation by the NBA 2K League, it was determined that Dennis, Ingram, Lafanette, Miller, and Nastazi were betting or attempting to bet on NBA 2K League games, either themselves or through others, and were in breach of the rules by failing to report the infringement. or fully cooperate with the investigation. Gill and Maxi violated the rules by not reporting violations and not fully cooperating with the investigation.
“Our integrity has been and always will be a top priority for the NBA 2K League,” Donoghue said. “We take our obligations to the competition and our fans incredibly seriously, and we will always act strongly on violations of the rules governing fair play and the associated reporting and cooperation requirements.”