Basketball Australia has given Adelaide 36ers center Deng Acuoth a 10-game ban and fined him $2,300 for placing bets on NBL games.
Acuoth was found guilty of violating the code of conduct after signing with the 36ers.
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However, the bets were placed while he played in NBL1 competition before signing with Adelaide.
Nine of the ten games in his suspension have been sat out for good behavior.
That means he’ll at least miss the 36ers’ opening-round clash against the Tasmania JackJumpers, but will be available for Adelaide’s NBL vs. NBA pre-season exhibition matches against the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder next week.
Elsewhere in the league, Melbourne United recruit Isaac Humphries was fined $1,500 by the NBL for calling the league umpires “not great” in a preseason radio interview after the Blitz tournament “ had designated.
The NBL said Humphries, who faces $500 of his fine, violated the league’s code of conduct.
The center’s outburst came after he was asked on SEN radio whether the competition’s umpires manage the league’s big men differently than their smaller counterparts.
“I’ve been playing in the NBL for a couple of years now and look, the NBL umpires are … I don’t want to badmouth them, but they’re not great,” Humphries said Wednesday.
“But it’s all good. We all have to deal with that.
“They’re doing their thing and we can’t let that hinder our progress.
“We all know what they are like. I hope they try to get better like all of us.”
Humphries can play the New Zealand Breakers in the first game of United’s NBL season on Sunday.
In his first year at the club, the former Adelaide 36er will take on more work at United’s other big option, Ariel Hukporti, after suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
– With AAP
https://7news.com.au/sport/basketball/basketball-australia-rocked-by-betting-scandal-as-adelaide-star-cops-ban-on-eve-of-nbl-season-c-8401078 Basketball Australia was rocked by a betting scandal when the Adelaide 36ers’ Star Cops were banned on the eve of the NBL season