Report: FBI investigating NBA ref who allegedly bet games
New York, NY (Sports Network) – An NBA referee is apparently under
investigation by the FBI for allegedly betting on and fixing games that he
worked during the past two seasons, in a gambling scam that reportedly
involved members of the organized crime community in New York.
The New York Post broke the potentially earth-shattering story on Friday,
saying that the year-long investigation included one NBA referee who allegedly
was making calls to affect the outcome of the games he worked — ensuring that
the referee and those involved with the scam profited from the result.
Later Friday afternoon, both ESPN.com and CBS Sportsline cited sources as
saying the referee in question was veteran Tim Donaghy.
The referee allegedly had a gambling problem, and fell into debt with bookies
that had mob ties. Games were allegedly fixed during the 2005-06 and 2006-07
seasons, the Post said. The story reported that the number of games affected
are in the double digits.
The NBA released a brief statement in response to the Post story on Friday,
which said, “We have been asked by the FBI, with whom we are working closely,
not to comment on this matter at this time.”