NBA 2K League bans player for gambling violation

NBA 2K League players face off in a mid-season tournament last year. On Thursday, the NBA 2K League announced the dismissal of Heat Check Gaming's Basil "24K Dropoff" Rose for violating the league's gambling policy. Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA 2K League announced on Thursday that Heat Check Gaming power forward Basil "24K Dropoff" Rose was dismissed and disqualified from joining any of the league's teams for breaking the league's gambling policy.

In a release from the league, an investigation determined that Rose provided inside information to somebody he "knew was betting on NBA 2K League games."

The league maintains that the integrity of games was not compromised, stating: "The investigation did not find that Rose attempted to fix or otherwise improperly participate in any NBA 2K League game."

Rose helped Heat Check Gaming get to the finals of the 2018 playoffs. He was a third-round draft pick by Heat Check Gaming in 2018 and was retained by the team this year.

"Heat Check Gaming believes in the spirit and integrity of competition," the team said in a statement. "We stand behind the league and its ruling."

On Wednesday, Heat Check Gaming protected Stanley "MaJes7ic" Lebron and Juan "Hotshot" Gonzalez" ahead of the Sept. 26 expansion draft that will provide players to a new team for 2020, Hornets Venom GT.

In the 2019 season, Heat Check Gaming finished 17th out of 21 teams with a 6-10 record.

-- Field Level Media