Porter Sentenced for Fatal DUI After Brother’s NBA Gambling Ban

Coban Porter, the younger sibling of basketball player Michael Porter, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, and Jontay Porter, recently sanctioned by the NBA, was handed a six-year prison term on Friday for causing the death of a 42-year-old woman in a drunk-driving accident last year. At the time of his arrest, Porter was a sophomore at the University of Denver, playing basketball. The crash, which happened just before 2 a.m. on January 22, happened when Porter drove through a red light, colliding with Katharina Rothman’s car at around 50 mph, according to an arrest affidavit. Rothman was declared dead at the scene.

Porter admitted to the charges of vehicular homicide while under the influence and vehicular assault. According to his plea agreement, Porter confessed to driving under the influence and running the red light at the university campus, causing the fatal accident and seriously injuring Jason Branch, a 47-year-old passenger in Rothman’s car.

During his college years, Porter had a scoring average of 11.4 points per game in his freshman year, 2.8 rebounds per game, and a field goal percentage of 41.9% across 28 matches. The sentencing happened two days after the NBA imposed a ban on Jontay following an investigation revealing that he shared secret information with sports bettors and placed bets on games, which is contrary to league regulations. Additionally, the investigation exposed that he disclosed private information concerning his health status to an NBA bettor before a game with the Toronto Raptors on March 20.

The NBA found that from January to March, while Jontay was with the Raptors’ team or its G League team, he placed at least 13 bets on NBA games using an associate’s betting account.

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