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Sports Bettor Threatens To Murder Professional Athletes

Man Sent Threats Through Instagram Direct Messages To Several Players On The Tampa Bay Rays After A Loss In 2019

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A successful sports bettor is facing a possible prison sentence after he threatened to murder multiple professional baseball players during the 2019 season.

According to an NBC News report, Benjamin Tucker Patz, who is known as “Parlay Patz” in the sports betting world, pled guilty Wednesday to a count of transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce and could face up to five years in prison.

Patz, who was reported to have made a seven-figure sum betting sports in 2019, sent direct messages on Instagram to four players on the Tampa Bay Rays following a loss to the Chicago White Sox in the summer of 2019.

According to the criminal complaint, Patz told one player “I will enter your home while you sleep” and “I will cut up your family.” He was charged last March before officially entering his plea Wednesday in Florida.

It’s unlikely that the 24-year-old serves much time behind bars as prosecutors have indicated that they would not oppose a plea deal that would come with lighter sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

Court documents state that it’s not new behavior for Patz and that he had sent similar messages to players on the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres.