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NBA Sports Betting Troubles Resurface as Scout Caught Gambling

Despite league efforts to shove the problem out of public sight, a new sports betting scandal arose with the banning of a former Sacramento Kings employee.

NBA Commissioner David Stern insisted the sports betting scandal that ousted disgraced referee Tim Donaghy was a rogue, one-time incident. Now comes the story that Sacramento Kings assistant director of scouting Jack Mai has been barred from the league for wagering on sports.

According to reports by Yahoo! Sports, the NBA informed clubs that Mai had bet on NBA games, and was permanently banned from working in any capacity with a member team. The NBA said the betting was only for small amounts and between Mai and his friends, and there supposedly had been no use of influence in corrupting games.

According to league sources, Mai even bet on games involving the Kings, and had bet on them at times to lose. Yahoo! said the sources say Mai had been betting on sports and Kings games in particular for years.

“We take this matter very seriously, and we fully cooperated with the NBA’s investigation,” said a statement released by the Kings. The Kings are owned by the Maloof family, which also owns the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Mai had been released by the Kings in the spring of this year. Rumors of inappropriate equipment deals with Asian basketball teams and associations surfaced regarding his dismissal.

When contacted by Yahoo!, Mai said only that he had resigned.

Published on November 25, 2009 by PrestonLewis

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