Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP
NBA official Tim Donaghy talks with another official during a timeout during a Washington
Wizards vs. New Jersey Nets basketball game (AP).

Donaghy's Claims Hurting NBA's Credibility

June 11, 2008 06:01 PM
by Denis Cummings
Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy alleges that the NBA conspired to fix games, including two playoff games in 2002 and 2005.

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Donaghy’s claims involve six referees and four games, two of which were playoff games. He contends that the NBA instructed the referees to not call technical fouls on star players and to extend two series to a seventh game.

Last summer, it was revealed that Donaghy had supplied information to professional gamblers, bet on games he refereed and manipulated their outcomes. He pled guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting wagering information through interstate commerce.

Facing up to 25 years in prison, Donaghy has been very cooperative with the FBI. The latest allegations come soon after the NBA demanded $1 million from Donaghy in restitution.

The NBA denies his latest claims and continues to insist that Donaghy is a single rogue referee and not a sign of widespread corruption. However, many NBA observers are not surprised by Donaghy’s allegations.

“It’s getting harder to find folks who don’t believe there’s something to what Donaghy’s lawyer has been saying,” writes ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Headline Link: Donaghy implicates other refs

Background: The Donaghy investigation

Background: Charges of game-fixing

Opinion & Analysis: The effect on the NBA


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