NBA All-Star says fans have been more harsh amid rise of sports betting: ‘To half the world … I’m a prop’


Throughout the final six years, 37 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized some type of sports activities betting, with loads of these states letting folks do it proper from their pocket.

The variety of sports activities wagers positioned right now was unimaginable even half a decade in the past, and the options are endless.

In fact, spreads and totals stay the most well-liked, however there’s now just about a wager for every thing, together with these primarily based on a lone participant’s efficiency.

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Tyrese Haliburton #0 of the Indiana Pacers brings the ball up court docket in the course of the sport in opposition to the Detroit Pistons at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on April 3, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Michael Hickey/Getty Photos)

“Participant props” have led to heightened social media hatred, says one NBA All-Star.

“To half the world, I’m simply serving to them generate profits on DraftKings or no matter. I’m a prop” Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton mentioned earlier this week. “That’s what my social media principally consists of.”

In a type of comedic irony, Haliburton said he doesn’t “give a f—“ when somebody tells him they misplaced sizable funds due to his efficiency.

Tyrese Haliburton dribbles

Tyrese Haliburton #0 of the Indiana Pacers and Jap Convention All-Stars dribbles the ball in opposition to the Western Convention All-Stars within the first quarter in the course of the 2024 NBA All-Star Recreation at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on February 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Stacy Revere/Getty Photos)

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However with the cruel phrases each on social media and in individual, Haliburton says he is been seeing a sports activities psychologist for “the final couple years.”

“It’s been good. I imply, even after I’m not [struggling], I feel there must be conversations at different occasions, too, as a result of it’s apparent that what occurs on the court docket is occurs on the court docket…” he mentioned, “It’s necessary, I feel, for us as basketball gamers, as males, to get these issues out as a result of not all people cares to listen to how we really feel…

“I feel it’s necessary for us to have any individual to speak to… I do assume that it’s necessary for us to simply have conversations with individuals who actually worth who we’re as human beings.”

Tyrese Haliburton scores

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) shoots round Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs (4) in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball sport in Indianapolis, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.  (AP Picture/AJ Mast)

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North Carolina legalized sports wagering final week.

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