Metta World Peace recalls being offered $35,000 to fix a game in college
Metta World Peace is probably a national treasure.
With the Supreme Court overturning the ban on sports betting in the United States earlier this week, one of the concerns raised by some was about more games being fixed.
It has always been an issue that goes hand in hand with sports betting, and according to Metta World Peace, it can happen to anyone.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 16, 2018
In a recent interview with Jared Quay of Yahoo Sports, World Peace said that while he was at college at St. Johns, he was offered $35,000 to throw a game.
“That’s the problem. When you don’t have no money, they find these kids that ain’t got no money, and they attack them,” he said. “What if I was some kid that was a little scared? ‘OK, I’ll do it,’ right? 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 the NBA, they hold it against the kid. They gotta have really harsh rules on people using kids.”
World Peace said he turned down the money he was offered, but he is afraid for some of the other kids who might not be able to say no.
It’s a slippery slope that anyone can get up in, and for that reason, World Peace isn’t happy with the Supreme Court’s ruling. With the ruling, each state will make their own laws on how sports betting will be regulated, or if it will be even allowed at all.