HoopsHype Tim Donaghy rumors

June 1, 2012 Updates

In the wake of their Game 2 overtime loss to the Miami Heat, many Boston Celtics fans grew livid at several bad calls that helped decide the game. In particular, this Rajon Rondo missed lay-up involved a pretty clear foul by Dwyane Wade, but the Heat ended up converting at the other end to take a four-point lead. Those fans are still upset. So, to show displeasure at Friday night's Game 3, they're going to wear masks of Tim Donaghy, the referee who admitted to betting on games and acting as part of an illegal gambling ring. Yahoo! Sports

November 26, 2011 Updates
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But Donaghy, who underwent court-mandated treatment for his gambling addiction after serving most of a 15-month prison sentence, says he's toeing a fine line rather than going down a slippery slope. "It's different (than what I was convicted for) because I'm not placing bets now," Donaghy said. "I realize in the past that I couldn't gamble responsibly. It's something that caused a lot of damage in my life and the lives of my daughters. So, it's something I'm not going to go back to." Donaghy was making actual predictions for Berrelli and says he was nearly perfect late in the NBA season until his probation officer told him to stop. So now he just advises Berrelli on how he can advise his clients. "It's a situation where I can always look back and see the destruction (gambling) caused," Donaghy said, mentioning his damaged relationship with his four daughters. "So, I'm going to be very careful moving forward." WTSP.com

Donaghy admitted the new career wasn't his first choice, but it's been hard to make ends meet without a reliable source of income and four girls - ages 15, 13, 12, and 9 - to support. "There's bills that have to be paid every month and you don't want to come up short," he said. "I expected the book 'Personal Foul' to kind of pull me out of the hole a little bit, but unfortunately...the woman who was publishing the book hasn't paid me." WTSP.com

Donaghy recently republished the book himself and says it's now up to its fifth printing. He reports getting positive e-mails from all over the country after people read it, which mirrors the positive reception he gets around the Sarasota and Bradenton communities. But one of his biggest surprises is how little has changed in the NBA since he blew his whistle on the action off the court. "I thought there was going to be an enormous amount of change in the NBA," he said. "The NBA came out and said everyone plays under the same set of rules." WTSP.com

But Donaghy has published numerous video blogs about how refs give stars like LeBron James preferential treatment. Noticing those trends is what makes him valuable to an oddsmaker. And when his probation ends in late 2012, he says he may get more involved in the gambling industry. "I would say there's a strong possibility Danny B. and I will be somewhere making predictions." WTSP.com

May 31, 2011 Updates

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy gained notoriety when he was infamously charged with betting on games in which he officiated. Almost four years after his resignation from the NBA, Donaghy is now questioning the credibility of today's refs. The referee recently released a video analyzing one of the final plays in Game Four of the Eastern Conference final between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. The particular play in question takes place with 30 seconds remaining in overtime with the Heat leading by four. LeBron James briefly drives before knocking down a shot over Luol Deng, practically giving Miami the win. Donaghy claims that Lebron moves his right pivot foot twice, which would constitute a travel. The play went uncalled, and the former ref questioned why TNT commentators Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller, along with the officials, did not notice anything. The Miami Heat would eventually win the game and the series. NESN.com

May 12, 2011 Updates

Some will say both came forward for fame and a way to promote their books, but it did take courage knowing that many would not believe them. Donaghy, unlike Canseco, came forward because he realized what he did was a mistake. As Donaghy told the Victor and Matt podcast show on RadioExiles.com, “I don’t have any doubt that my image has changed since I wrote my book. People believed what I had to say. I think there is a difference between Jose Canseco and myself because I don’t think Jose feels what he did was wrong, in regards to steroids. I certainly feel what I did, getting involved in gambling and gambling on NBA games, with the position I was in was certainly wrong.” Tucson Citizen

“Life is slowly, but surely getting a little better,” Donaghy also told Victor and Matt. “I’m getting in the lives of my daughters. I’m also doing a lot of blogging, writing and radio work for a sports handicapper who advises people who to bet just like a stock broker would. I am certainly not betting on games. Never going to get involved doing that again.” Tucson Citizen

April 20, 2011 Updates

Tim Donaghy joined ESPN Radio Dallas with Galloway and Company to discuss his reaction to Crawford being assigned the game, why it’s not a coincidence the Mavs are just 3-16 in playoff games reffed by Danny Crawford, the story he tells in his book about the situation, why it could be different now that he’s called attention to it and the general performance this season by NBA officials. His reaction when he saw Danny Crawford was officiating Game 2 in Dallas: “You think that the league would put him on a game maybe in another series, but to put him in this situation, teams like that, for some reason they still enjoy tormenting Mark Cuban a little bit.” Sports Radio Interviews

Could it be that it was just coincidence that the Mavs were 2-16 in games reffed by Crawford before Tuesday night?: “No, absolutely not. I think that would be absolutely impossible to put that as a mere coincidence. It’s no secret that when Ed Rush was supervisor of officials, he had a hatred for Mark Cuban and Danny Crawford was one of Rush’s right-hand guys. So he carried out what he thought would be in the best interest of him being in the good graces with the supervisor of officials. Some guys enjoy sticking it to Mark; it’s no secret.” Sports Radio Interviews

Reflecting on the state of officiation overall in the NBA: “I’ve watched a couple games the last couple nights and there’s pivotal calls that are taking place at pivotal times that are just flat-out wrong that are just standing out. They’re bad enough they’re taking place during the game, but in the last two or three minutes of the fourth quarter, it just buries teams. … It takes the credibility further away from the league.” Sports Radio Interviews

March 4, 2011 Updates

Griffin, who surprisingly did not respond to requests through his publisher for an interview and did not answer questions emailed to him, comes down hard on the side of Battista, and the allegations against Donaghy are serious. Here are some, but not all: 1. Donaghy was a racist who was jealous that black players were making huge money and he wasn’t. 2. Donaghy often talked of killing his wife. 3. Donaghy, it was widely believed in the betting community, was fixing NBA games that he worked. covers.com

Curiously, Griffin says that Donaghy was not interviewed for the book because the former ref lacked credibility, and Donaghy this week returned fire: “I don't plan on reading this sensationalistic and fictional portrayal of the past events,” said Donaghy, who has read media reports about the book. “There is a place on bookshelves for fiction, and books describing situations where the author's actions were clouded by sustained drug use fall under that category.” covers.com

February 20, 2011 Updates

Before All-Star Saturday night, David Stern met the media, and I asked him about the book. His response: I have not read the new book or seen it yet, although I'm happy with each All Star Weekend or Finals to present an opportunity for a convicted felon to issue yet another tome on his misdeeds. So we'll see if there's anything new suggested, Mr. Pedowitz will be asked to continue to review it as we have with each one that has been published, because we want to make sure that we get to the bottom of it all. But right now, I don't have any more information other than I know you always confirm your sources; so I commend you to confirming the convicted felon's sources. Stern does a bit of taunting there, saying, essentially, "look who your source is!" And indeed Griffin's book was written in collaboration with convicted gambler James Battista. ESPN.com

Nevertheless, the source argument may not serve Stern this time. The predominant story, that Donaghy did not fix games originated with ... Tim Donaghy himself. Despite what Donaghy will tell you, that version of events has not been rigorously vetted by the FBI (to whom it was tangential) or the NBA (whose investigators watched a tiny fraction of the games in question, and even then found some causes for concern). The three conspirators tell a story of Donaghy picking at an unheard-of rate in games he refereed, which is supported by betting line movement and an ocean of other factors, including the crumbling of Donaghy's version of events when put to the test and the utter lack of any confirmation of Donaghy's story from anybody in the know. ESPN.com

February 17, 2011 Updates

Nearly four years later, it's over. Investigations have been concluded. The FBI has weighed in. Reports have been published. Conspirators have been convicted. Addictions (to gambling in one case, drugs in another) have been treated. Time has been served. Oversight has been tightened. Even the media chatter -- that maelstrom of oddsmakers, the FBI and the mob -- has slowed to a trickle. What's more, NBA TV ratings are through the roof, the audience is global and growing, a new owner-friendly collective bargaining agreement is in the works and All-Star weekend is here. It's hard to remember, now, that a ruffian like Donaghy ever had a shot to bring down the mighty NBA. ESPN.com

December 7, 2010 Updates

Most of all, Stern manipulated the 2008 All-Star weekend in New Orleans into his own propaganda machine. After the ’07 All-Star debacle in Las Vegas and the Tim Donaghy scandal, Stern turned New Orleans into a photo-op weekend. He piled his players onto buses with sportswriters and drove them to flooded wards to bang a nail, plant a bush, run a paint brush over a wall. Stern poured it on thick, too. As he wore a T-shirt and jeans at an All-Star weekend event at an elementary school, he didn’t like the way a photographer cramped him as his wife tried to join him in painting a mural. “I came here to work, not for a photo-op,” Stern sniffed. Even some of Stern’s underlings charged with promoting that weekend became sheepish on how the league could make such a limited financial investment and run around and take such credit. Yahoo! Sports

August 1, 2010 Updates

Instead, he finds himself embroiled in a bitter dispute with his Largo-based publisher. He said she has refused to give him information about the financial success of his book, Personal Foul. She said Donaghy threatened her, mentioning mob connections. On top of that, she said, she has information that Donaghy may have committed more serious crimes. St. Petersburg Times

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