Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Reveals Crazy Messages From Bettors

  • One gambler texted him specific details about his house and kids
  • Bickerstaff can hear fans screaming about the spread during games
  • The head coach wants better protection for people in the sport
JB Bickerstaff
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff spoke on Wednesday about some of the crazy threats that gamblers have sent him. [Image:]

Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has revealed that he has reported threats from sports bettors to the NBA. He was responding to a question at a pre-game press conference on Wednesday about Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton’s comments regarding the role that betting now plays in basketball.

Bickerstaff described how one gambler got their hands on his telephone number and sent him “crazy messages about where I live and my kids.” While the authorities tracked down the person in question, it did not result in any criminal charges.

He also said that he can hear fans screaming in the closing minutes of games about covering the spread.

people aren’t just rooting for their favorite teams or players anymore

The 45-year-old believes that the growing prevalence of legal sports betting means that people aren’t just rooting for their favorite teams or players anymore, which adds pressure to everyone involved in a game.

Bickerstaff thinks that individuals in the sport need more protection from bettors as gamblers can act irrationally and get emotional as they might be trying to pay their rent or electricity bill with their wagers. The presence of a retail sportsbook at the Cavaliers’ home arena also blurs the lines between basketball and gambling, according to the coach.

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