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Metta World Peace Was Offered Cash To Fix A Game While In College

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Ron Artest #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball against the Utah Jazz during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Former NBA forward Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) told Jared Quay of Yahoo Sports in an interview he was once offered $35,000 to lose a game in college on purpose while he played at St.John’s University.

Metta said that those kind of situations can cause worry for him in the wake of the Supreme Court ending a federal ban on sports betting in most states.

“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.”

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