Armando Bacot on sports gambling in college basketball: "It's Terrible"

The UNC basketball star big man expressed how sports betting has made a negative impact on college athletes.

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament  - Practice Day - West Regional
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - Practice Day - West Regional / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages

Sports betting has always been a popular thing for fans to do. As betting gets bigger by the day, we see more opportunities for people to gamble on various sports, including college athletics.

When the UNC basketball program held its media session on Wednesday prior to their Sweet 16 contest against Alabama, Armando Bacot was asked about his thoughts on sports betting, especially for college level sports.

Bacot's statement that everyone should take a minute to read or listen to.

"It's terrible. 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.

"I think it's definitely a little out of hand. But at the same time too, I get the point of it too. 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 made. But it's annoying, too, at times."

Imagine playing an outstanding game, helping your team win an NCAA Tournament game and then returning to the locker room to see that your phone is being blown up by messages from fans who are mad you ruined their respective bet.

In case you need a reminder: Armando Bacot (or any college athlete for that matter) are not focused on padding their stats to make your bet hit.

Social media has already made it very easy for fans to voice their opinions, as a simple direct message can connect a fan to a respective athlete of any level. Not only do the players have to do deal with the constant scrutiny and hate from fans of other programs (and sometimes even their own), now add sports betting to it.

We all know how people act when money is on the line.

Of course, the easy solution is to not bet at all if you don't want to lose your money. If Bacot's statement tells us anything, it's a friendly reminder that if your bet doesn't hit because of a particular player, don't go blaming them for not helping you win money.

Don't go expressing hate towards them when things don't go your way.

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