1980s Knicks Reportedly Fixed Games according to FBI.
Knick players allegedly shaved points to repay drug dealers.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Did anyone in the 1980s not do cocaine?
CBS Sports is reporting that FBI informants stated New York Knick players in the 1980s may have fixed games. This stems from Brian Tuohy’s book entitled, “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.”
Apparently a number of Knick players had serious enough cocaine habits that fixing games looked like a good option on how to repay their debt to their dealers. Note, cocaine in the NBA during the 1980s was rampant. The dealer to a number of Knick players was a degenerative gambler and went from placing $300 bets and losing to placing $10,000 bets and always winning according to two separate FBI informants.
It is important to note that the case eventually fell apart and was officially closed in 1986 due to questions as to the validity of the informants information. Michael Ray Richardson led the Knicks in scoring in 1981-1982 and officially denied the allegations in the Post. Even with these denials, the rumors of gambling and point shaving hang over the Knicks of the 1980s.
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