|Tim Donaghy Implicated in FBI Investigation for Point-Shaving in the NBA.
||[Jul. 21st, 2007|02:00 am]
Luck has run out for Tim Donaghy.
You can read all about it here.
I'll never forget watching the game on St. Patrick's Day, 2006, on television. The Knicks played the Pistons at Madison Square Garden.
Pistons had the game up by a few at the half, coasting to what was likely to be another of their 64 regular season wins.
Then, in the 3rd, Rasheed Wallace and Rip Hamilton received ejections. A flurry of fouls were called, and suddenly, the eventual 23-win Knicks pulled ahead and stayed there, winning the game in an upset, 105-103.
What was most surprising, on top of the insanity of the 3rd quarter, was the final 2 seconds of the game.
Antonio McDyess drew a phantom foul call from the referees on a last-second shot. The game had ended, the Knicks were actually celebrating . . . the refs convened, and they upheld the whistle on Malik Rose. Antonio was to receive 2 foul shots, and some of the teams' players were already in the lockers.
After the refs settled things down, Antonio missed the first shot, intentionally missed the second, and the Knicks came up with the ball, and then the game ended.
The officials for the game? Bennett Salvatore, Jason Phillips, and Tim Donaghy.
Tim was the one who accused Rasheed Wallace of threatening him after a set of calls during a game while Rasheed played for Portland. Rasheed received a 7 game suspension based on Tim's account. While this may currently have nothing to do with Tim's upcoming indictment, it could actually be a symptom of Donaghy's involvement with organized crime before the '05-06 season . . . perhaps Tim had to call for a spread to go against the Blazers on that night.
As for Donaghy, he's resigned from the league. I sure hope the FBI gets enough information from him in the next set of hours, days, and/or weeks, for sake of their investigation. Why, you might ask?
One thing I feel certain for Donaghy . . . if members of organized crime get pinched from their activity with Tim . . . regardless of whether or not Tim still owes money, regardless of whether or not Tim squealed to the Feds . . . Tim's a dead man.
As for the FBI investigation, I seriously doubt that Tim Donaghy is the only compromised official. Greed is a prime motivation for organized crime. Why just have one guy sliding outcomes? Any savvy bettor would take note of a Tim Donaghy-refereed game when Rasheed Wallace plays, dating back to the incident at the Rose Garden.
Why would Tim be the only one to resign at this time? I do not know when he resigned, but it seems to have coincided with being named in this investigation. If others are involved, they won't resign until their names are called.
There will likely be more than one arrest of an NBA referee from this investigation.
Of all those people who claimed a NBA game was fixed . . . they'll be checking to see if the accused's name was on the list of referees from the box score. Commissioner David Stern will probably spend the next few months making everyone laugh with "quality" and "referee" in the same sentence. Good luck with the ratings, David. You're going to need it.