Home Sports North Carolina’s Armando Bacot says he received nearly ‘100 DMs’ from upset sports bettors: ‘It’s terrible’

North Carolina’s Armando Bacot says he received nearly ‘100 DMs’ from upset sports bettors: ‘It’s terrible’

North Carolina’s Armando Bacot says he received nearly ‘100 DMs’ from upset sports bettors: ‘It’s terrible’

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North Carolina senior basketball forward Armando Bacot revealed he has been on the receiving end of some distasteful messages from upset fans who placed bets on a game he played in.

“It’s terrible,” Bacot said in reference to the messages angry bettors have directed at him. 

The messages seem to have been sent primarily via social media, with some pointing to Bacot’s lack of production.

“Even at the last game, I guess I didn’t get enough rebounds or something. I thought I played pretty good last game, but I looked at my DMs, and I got, like, over 100 messages from people telling me I sucked and stuff like that because I didn’t get enough rebounds.”

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Armando Bacot shoots a free throw

Armando Bacot of the North Carolina Tar Heels shoots a free throw during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center March 23, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Bacot’s admission comes amid NCAA President Charlie Baker’s push to ban prop bets on collegiate games. Prop bets usually relate to an individual player’s stats.

“Sports betting issues are on the rise across the country with prop bets continuing to threaten the integrity of competition and leading to student-athletes getting harassed,” Baker said in a statement on social media. “The NCAA has been working with states to deal with these threats and many are responding by banning college prop bets.”

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Bacot acknowledged the emotion that goes into betting and losing money, but he said things have gone too far.

Jontay Porter vs Raptors

Jontay Porter of the Toronto Raptors fights for a rebound with Lindy Waters III of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Toronto March 22, 2024. (Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty Images)

“I think it’s definitely a little out of hand. But, at the same time, too, I get the point of it. Like, if you bet a lot of money on something, and you’re, like, one pick away and somebody messes it up, I understand the part of fans being mad. But it’s annoying, too, at times,” Bacot added.

Elsewhere, the NBA is investigating Raptors player Jontay Porter for possible irregularities involving prop bets.

Bacot finished North Carolina’s second-round game against the Michigan State Spartans with 18 points to help the Tar Heels advance to the Sweet 16.

Armando Baco reacts during a game

Armando Bacot of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts to a play during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center March 23, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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North Carolina will face Alabama Thursday. The winning team advances to the Elite 8. 

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