HoopsHype Tim Donaghy rumors

May 21, 2014 Updates

Flagg responded to the tweet by doing an interview on a Dallas radio show, then reaching out and telling me of Cuban, "He called. I don't lie." Flagg called into my Portland radio show (Line 1) and re-told the story, indicating that their discussion was prior to the publication of Tim Donaghy's book. Flagg said Cuban asked, "What's in the book?" Flagg said that he spoke with Cuban about the 2006 Finals, and that he told him to sue the NBA. Flagg said he agreed with Cuban that he was not paid for his advice. Oregonian

May 17, 2014 Updates

Flagg was later hired by the Donaghy defense team to run an independent investigation of the league's officiating. He said the NBA's refusal to release its internal investigation during Donaghy's prosecution in 2008 still troubles him. "They wanted this thing to be closed," Flagg said, "and their story was that Tim was the only bad apple. I've never seen a cooperating witness so hammered and badgered. It was because the NBA was running the thing. "I would like to see if (the NBA) did what it did a few years earlier when the refs were picked up for selling their first-class airline tickets. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I'll bet they did. In that case, they (turned the officials against each other using the threat of termination). They said, 'If you want to work, tell us what happened.' If that Donaghy internal investigation ever gets leaked, it's going to be like the performance-enhancing drug investigation in baseball." Oregonian

April 24, 2014 Updates

Donaghy, who was excommunicated by the league after his conviction for wire fraud and transmitting betting information about games,then contacted the News and fired back with charges of hypocrisy. “I laugh at the idea that the NBA conveniently uses my felony conviction to routinely dismiss me,” Donagy said. “The NBA need look no further than some of the men on their own payroll to find felons. In fact, Don Vaden, the current Director of Officials, is a fine example (Vaden was one of eight referees charged with tax evasion in 1998 for downgrading first-grade plane tickets and not reporting the refunded money. He was found guilty and served six months' of home confinement and two years of probation.). New York Daily News

Former referee Tim Donaghy, who served 15 months in prison for fixing NBA games, says the NBA is pressuring officials to side with the Nets in their series against the Raptors. "(The Raptors) are not only going against the Brooklyn Nets but going against the league office," Donaghy said in a radio interview in Canada. "They have a very talented team and have to be that much better than the Brooklyn Nets." FOXSports.com

Why would the NBA want the Nets to advance? Donaghy says it's all about television ratings. "In this situation, Brooklyn would be put at an advantage. A Brooklyn-Miami matchup (in Round 2) would bring great ratings and that's what this is all about for the NBA and the league offices -- bringing in as many dollars as they can. ... Some of the things that the league does and continues to do puts these teams at a disadvantage -- like the Toronto Raptors -- because moving forward they won't bring in the big dollars for the league. It's terrible for the fans (of) Toronto. They go and support that team but really they're going to have trouble moving on based on talent and what takes place on the floor when they're really going against the refs and the league, along with the Nets." FOXSports.com

February 6, 2014 Updates
November 4, 2012 Updates

Tim Donaghy, the disgraced former NBA referee and centerpiece of the league’s 2007 betting scandal, woke up Sunday off of probation and ready to move forward. He told The Linemakers on Sporting News that he plans to celebrate his release by taking in an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, when the New York Knicks host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. Sporting News

August 14, 2012 Updates

A federal judge in New York refused to allow an early end to supervised release for Tim Donaghy, the former N.B.A. referee who took money from a professional gambler. Donaghy, whose sentence ends Nov. 3, argued that he should be released early because of good conduct and because it was difficult to find work while under court supervision, but Judge Carol Amon denied the request. New York Times

August 9, 2012 Updates
August 8, 2012 Updates

Disgraced NBA ref Tim Donaghy wants a fast break from federal probation so he can resume working for a radio show that promotes sports gambling and is hosted by a convicted felon. Donaghy — who pleaded guilty to betting on games he officiated, triggering a betting scandal for the NBA — has requested the feds trim three months from his 36-month probation term. New York Daily News

The judge had ordered Donaghy to end his employment last month with the Philadelphia-based radio show “Sports Connection” upon disclosures that the show's host, “Danny Burelli,” wasn't who he said he was. Donaghy's probation officer discovered that the host was in fact Daniel Biancullo, who has a 2004 federal conviction in Florida for gambling and a 1991 conviction in New Jersey for cocaine possession. Donaghy claimed he was clueless about Biancullo's past, according to court papers. New York Daily News

July 3, 2012 Updates

Like a recovering alcoholic tending bar for his old drinking buddies, the ex-NBA referee has been breaking down game tape and analyzing point spreads for a shady sports handicapper in Allentown known as "Danny B," who uses the information to sell gambling tips to his clients. "Meet the man who generated millions of dollars betting on basketball, as seen on 60 Minutes and documented by the NBA and FBI," Danny B.'s website, sportsconnectionwins.com, says of Donaghy. "It's basically a consulting firm," said Donaghy, 45, who's still on probation for gambling on basketball games and providing picks to two co-defendants while he was an active referee. He resigned in 2007 after 13 years in the league and pleaded guilty to federal gambling and wire-fraud charges in New York. He served about 13 months in prison. Philadelphia Inquirer

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Goldberg, who prosecuted Donaghy's case in Brooklyn, declined to comment on Donaghy's current activities. Donaghy said the job has been "good so far," and that he doesn't "have the urge to go back" to gambling, even when a game pans out exactly the way he'd predicted — which makes money for Biancullo's clients. "I still feel, at times, that I can predict these games," said Donaghy, who previously worked at a gambling treatment center before signing up with Biancullo. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 18, 2012 Updates

A Florida jury awarded a disgraced former NBA referee $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir. Tim Donaghy sued Shawna Vercher and her company, VTi Group, in Pinellas County civil court, saying he hadn't been paid. The now-defunct company published Donaghy's 2010 book about referees and the NBA. Oklahoman

After 5 rough years that included banishment from the NBA, gambling and wire-fraud convictions for betting on basketball games, and even 2 weeks spent in solitary confinement "like Charles Manson" while serving a 15-month prison term, Donaghy can finally put one in the win column. According to Donaghy and his lawyer, a St. Petersburg jury on Friday awarded Donaghy $1.3 million in his civil suit against Shawna Vercher and her now-defunct company VTi Group, which published Donaghy's tell-all book about the NBA and its referees. "The lady made my life a living hell and basically tortured me through the press by putting fictitious stories out there," Donaghy said Sunday. "I knew, at some point, my time would come. And my time was Friday." Philadelphia Inquirer

June 17, 2012 Updates

But Khurrum Wahid, attorney for Vercher and her business, VTi Group, said profits were reduced because Donaghy asked for extras, such as asking the company to look into a movie deal, the possibility of selling the book in China, and help for a friend who wanted help setting up business. St. Petersburg Times

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