Metta World Peace Says He Was Offered $35K To Throw Games In College (VIDEO)
In hindsight, Metta World Peace made a good decision, but for others who come from a terrible background, the temptation to take money is often to great to pass up.
With the recent uplifting of the U.S. federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting, it has widely been celebrated by many in the NBA world, but not many in the basketball community is jumping for joy over this ruling.
Former NBA all-star and defensive player of the year Metta World Peace recently detailed a story about how a younger version of himself was approached by gamblers who were willing to give him $35K just to suck really bad during a game on purpose.
“I see the issues with betting,” World Peace told Yahoo Sports. “In college, I got approached a couple times to throw games. One interesting time, they come to me in my neighborhood and say, ‘I’ve got 35,000 for you.’ I’m like, ‘Alright, that’s cool, I’ll take 35,000.’ They say, ‘We need you to throw a game,’ and that’s when I’m like, ‘You a–hole.’ But it crossed my mind. $35,000? Just to throw a game? Not bad. But that’s the problem. You don’t have no money. They find these kids that ain’t got no money and they attack them.
“What if I was some kid that was a little scared, and it’s, ‘Ok, I’ll do it’? That’s the problem I have with betting, because these guys that are betting, some of them are bullies and they’ll force a kid into a situation and, then, when the kid’s trying to go to the NBA, they hold it against the kid.
“They gotta have rules – really harsh rules – on people that’s using kids. You cannot be putting kids under pressure.”
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 16, 2018