Another match-fixing scandal has hit the Korean Basketball League (KBL) which threatens to tarnish the already diminishing league’s reputation.
In the latest disgrace for the league, Jeon Jang-jin, one of the league’s most famous coaches, is facing allegations of match fixing and betting against his own team according to Korean police reports.
The former coach of the Korean Basketball League’s Busan KT Sonic Boom franchise is suspected of borrowing up to 300 million won from a Korean loan shark and betting on his own team, especially during the second half of games where he would bench his starters and use substitutes to play against the other teams starting five.
The Sonic Boom missed the playoffs last season, finishing seventh in the standings with a 22-30 record. Jeon is currently the coach at Anyang KGC.
The KBL released a statement that read:
“We deeply apologize to Korean basketball fans about this repeated incident and this investigation. It is under investigation now so we will see through their process. If these allegations are true, we promise to act with strict sanctions for him. Also, we will do our best in helping the police move forward with this investigation. We are fully cooperating with their requests.”
The KBL faced a similar scandal in 2013 when Dongmu Wonju Promy’s coach Kang Dong-hee was banned for life for throwing games.
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