NBA: Former Kings’ employee gambled
November 25, 2009
SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings said Wednesday they were informed by the NBA that a former employee gambled while on their staff.
Jack Mai, the team’s former assistant director of scouting, was found to have gambled while with the Kings, who fired him in January. Last season was his eighth with the franchise and third as assistant director of scouting.
The Kings’ release said the “investigation revealed that Mr. Mai participated in improper wagering activities while a member of this organization.” The Kings said Mai had been disqualified from further association with the NBA and its teams.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed Mai’s disqualification and said reinstatement was not possible, but said the league would have no other comment.
The league has taken gambling especially seriously since former referee Tim Donaghy admitted taking thousands of dollars from a professional gambler in exchange for inside tips, including games he worked.