Looking back on his days playing college ball Metta World Peace recalls a time when he was asked to break the rules which would have ended his career before it started.
Back in the day, when it was illegal to gamble on sports such as college ball former NBA all-star and defensive player of the year Metta World Peace reveals an interesting story. Read on…
Metta World Peace detailed a story about how a younger version of himself was approached by gamblers willing to give him $35K just to throw a game.
A smart Metta World Peace decided against it and ended up being drafted in the NBA playing for the Lakers.
Though Metta will never forget that day, he recalled in an interview which surfaced on social media.
World Peace told while weighing in on the recent sports betting ban being lifted to Yahoo Sports:
I see the issues with betting. 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 any 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.
Metta World Peace concluded:
They gotta have rules – really harsh rules – on people that are using kids. You cannot be putting kids under pressure.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 16, 2018