Tim Donaghy Rumors
Donaghy says the white gang wanted to initiate him with a prison tattoo — involving a pin and ink from a pen — but he managed to talk the guys into “option #2″ … a shaved head. “It was a matter of me surviving, and getting the f**k outta there” … Donaghy says. T.D. says he owes his life to one of the leaders … a guy nicknamed “St. Pete” … “Thank God I teamed up with him. He saved my life. There’s no doubt about it, I never would’ve survived if it weren’t for St. Pete.”
Ex-NBA ref Tim Donaghy tells TMZ Sports he owes his life to the leader of a white prison gang … saying he would’ve been murdered behind bars if not for their protection. Donaghy was infamously sentenced to 15 months of hard time back in ’08 for his role in an NBA gambling scandal. While locked up, the ex-ref says he was brutally attacked by a fellow inmate. “I was a target. There was a guy who took a paint roller extension pole and blasted me in the knee a few times,” Donaghy tells TMZ Sports. “I had to have surgery to relieve the pain when I got out of prison.”
Out of jail and in the sports gambling business, Donaghy says he would stand to profit if Silver gets his wish and sports gambling is made permissible in all states. “Things will get that much better for my type of business if that happens,” Donaghy said in a phone interview with the Daily News on Friday. “It will get more people involved in gambling knowing that it’s legal and they don’t have to hide what they do.”
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.
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.”
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.).
“To distinguish my crime,” Donaghy continued, “and somehow make me the NBA’s bad boy, is a joke. “The NBA might consider some remedial training for their current staff on subjects like avoidance of gambling, drug and alcohol moderation, and the dangers of carrying illegal firearms rather than their tired efforts at discrediting me.”
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.”
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.”
Kyle Lowry got called for an offensive foul on this jumper, and that’s obviously baffling. It’s so egregious that it’s not unfair to question if this was abject incompetence or if something more sinister was involved; Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee who provided information to gamblers and served time in jail, seems to think the latter: Tim Donaghy @TimDonaghy2 Watch this video…line was 7.5, Sac wins by 8..http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/kyle-lowry-raptors-fall-wrong-end-offensive-foul-072820173.html …
“I don’t think there is any reason why they’d remove me from the stadium,” Donaghy told The Linemakers via phone from his Sarasota, Fla. home. “I’m there to take in a game and look at some live action and do a bit of scouting. I’m not even too sure that anyone is really going to notice me, to be honest with you.”
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.
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.
Convicted former NBA referee Tim Donaghy wants a federal judge to end his probation early. Donaghy was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison on federal wire fraud and gambling charges after The Post revealed he was betting on NBA games. He served 11 months before he was released in November 2009. He’s asking Brooklyn federal Judge Carol Amon to cut him loose from probation after being under supervision for 33 of the 36 months required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
After chronicling his downfall in a book — which includes the quotations above — (Tim) Donaghy is now suing his Largo publisher, claiming she failed to turn over any of the estimated $200,000 in sales revenue from the book, Personal Foul. During his opening statement on Tuesday, Donaghy’s attorney Nicholas Mooney said publisher Shawna Vercher “knew that she could exploit Mr. Donaghy because of his past issues.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”