Former Student Arrested for Allegedly Threatening College Athletes After Losing Money Gambling on Games
“took to Instagram to send violent and racist messages to the players he felt were at fault”
This former Babson College student is now facing jail time for allegedly making some very poor, and stupid, choices.
Mass Live reports:
Former Babson College student admits threatening to kill athletes while losing money on sports gambling
When Addison Choi lost money, threats followed.
As a 21-year-old varsity soccer player for Babson College in Wellesley, Choi had a consuming and self-destructive hobby. He bet heavily on sports and lost, racking up debts, prosecutors said. He borrowed money from friends and family, and gambled those funds away as well.
And when the games were not going his way, Choi took to Instagram to send violent and racist messages to the players he felt were at fault, according to court filings in the federal case against him.
Choi threatened to kill one athlete and their family and “hang them on a tree” during a July 27, 2017 game, according to prosecutors.
Now, Choi faces prison time. He has agreed to plead guilty to a federal count of transmitting threats in interstate commerce, and prosecutors are recommending 21 to 27 months in prison.
According to prosecutors, Choi gambled “prolifically” on a range of amateur and professional sports, including baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer and tennis. But he was not particularly successful, and as his losses mounted he took it out on the players.
“When Choi thought that a team or player he had bet on was not performing well enough during a game for Choi to win his bet, Choi threatened those players or teams with death,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
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If he’d won, he would not have shared his winnings with those players. But when he loses, he threatens them.