Ex-referee Tim Donaghy claims NBA is FIXED to feds

Well this is a dark day in the NBA world. Regardless if true or not, I’m sure this will capture a lot of attention; especialy after one of the worst one-sided officiated games in NBA Finals history…

NY Daily News: Tim Donaghy, who pleaded guilty to charges of betting on games he officiated, is now airing NBA’s dirty laundry.

Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy told the feds two refs fixed the outcome of one playoff series – and that officials were told not to eject star players from games for fear of hurting ticket sales.

The bombshell allegations are contained in a court document filed Tuesday by Donaghy’s lawyer. It describes the “inner workings” of the NBA in which top league executives used referees to manipulate games.

Donaghy, who pleaded guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court to charges of betting on games he officiated, told FBI agents “league officials would tell referees that they should withhold calling technical fouls on certain star players because doing so hurt ticket sales and television ratings,” the document said.

Donaghy claims he was told that two refs who were “company men” acting in the interest of the NBA conspired to extend a playoff series in 2002 to a seventh game.

The referees allegedly ignored flagrant fouls committed by the team that needed to win. They also reportedly called “made-up fouls” against the other team which led to the ejection of two of their players. The team favored by the refs won that night and the next game to win the series.

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  • http://lakers.com k0be da 1 andonly

    well if the NBA is fixed, then lakers are gonna win…
    if the nba is not fixed lakers are gonna win….
    “no matter how hard you try, you cant stop us now!”

  • gugy

    Doesn’t surprise me.
    David Stern and his mafia needs to step down. Time for new blood at the helm of the NBA.

  • DCLAKER

    I Guess Stern doesn’t know anything about this,huh?

    YEAHRIGHT!.com,STERN IS TRASH!!!

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    It’s referring to the 2002 WCF’s I believe.

    The letter says two players fouled out of G6. Vlade & Pollard both did.

    Also, check this out:

    Game 6 2002 WCF, Lakers/Kings officiating crew: Officials: #27 Dick Bavetta , #16 Ted Bernhardt , #26 Bob Delaney

    Game 2 Finals 2008 crew: #43 Dan Crawford , #26 Bob Delaney, #41 Ken Mauer

    VERY interesting…

  • FILOSOFREAK

    Ef David Stern man. He’s a prick. I never liked him and I always knew that the NBA was fixed. Makes me wanna puke.

  • http://THELAKERNATI.COM THE WISE KOBE

    UH-OH, IHATE TO SAY T BUT THE NBA IS SLOWL DYING

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    This is pretty bad. We’ll have to wait for more evidence. But damnit, this is a big “F-YOU” to the league.

  • e

    i hope he’s just pulling it out of his ass…thats not good for the league if its true..but whatever as far as im concerned, we can not let officiating hurt us..we need to play a lot better than we have been (sorry i said we varisity haha)

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    Phil comments:

    LakerJedi’s Recap on Phil’s comments from LakersGround.net:

    All kinds of suspicious things happen in these series, doesn’t want to take it back to 2002.

    Let’s wait until all the facts come out before commenting further.

    Thoughts on Shilling’s Blog – Kobe is an inspiring captain. He smacked Radman on the leg and that’s the type of thing as a coach I’m okay with that… sometimes Vlade needs even more than that. I think Kobe does a good job inspiring his teammates, he was very vocal after the game. Phil is against the NBA allowing people like Shilling to be that close to the game and we have to suffer the consequences because of it.

  • vintij

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    what does that have to do with donahuge? What does it have to do with the alleged “fixed series”? First you say that the nets series was fixed, and back it up with evidence of two ejections. then you come out of left field and say the kings series was fixed too because of a one ref that is still calling games today? Dude pretty mmuch all refs from that year are still calling games in the finals today. whats your point.

  • bryanmn1

    Well duh…

  • kobeftw
  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

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    I don’t believe in this – however, if you READ his letter then some of his stuff match’s up.

    My point is a LOT of people claim G2 of the 08 finals were rigged. Surprisingly, some of these refs also ref’d in lop-sided FINALS games before. That’s all.

    Again, I do NOT BELIEVE IN THIS. However, some of the evidence is scary.

  • RoWyN

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    see my fear is the other way around — that if the NBA is indeed fixed, they might want Boston to win. Everybody know that Lakers have so much upside specially when Bynum comes back that they’ll be the team to contend with in the West. But who knows how long these Celtics Bit*hes have left in their tank. They might be like the Heat of 2006, one-hit wonders.

    They want to prolong this rivalry as much as they can and the only way is to let Boston and Lakers get their share of rings. Boston’s might be now.

  • RoWyN

    In addition, I personally believe these conspiracies are true. How easy is it for league officials to ask these refs to give all close calls to certain teams (may it be home court teams or so.) And this rule about giving respect to certain players that deserve special treatment is just annoying. So what if Lebron or kobe fouls out in the 2nd quarter or gets thrown out for excessively badmouthing the refs. A flagrant foul on Turiaf should be a flagrant foul on Dwight Howard!

  • Thomas

    This is previlent in the LA-Boston series with the freethrow discrepancy and how David Stern knows that the Lakers are better than the Celtics by coming out of the tougher Western Confrence sooner than the Celtics came out of the easier Eastern Confrence. He knows that if the series goes to seven games that it means that there will be more money, merchandise, and TV money. Another thing that disquiets me with the Donaghy case, is that the refs he was working with were in charge of the only seven game series in the 2002 Playoffs that went seven games, Lakers and Kings. Which means that the Lakers may not have won that series fairly and I’m all for no cheating which may have given the Lakers one of their championships.

  • kobeftw
  • Smush Walton

    No news here.

    Starting with Mendy “the Celtic” Rudolph, (the long time head of officials) the refs have always helped the Celtics. It took a super team of Magic, Kareem, Worthy and company to finally overcome the whistle blowing “leprechans” – its tough to beat a team when its 5 on 7 (as it was in the day of that piece of sh!t Red Auerbach).

  • Josie

    I am not surprised by Donaghy’s allegations.

    I think that it’s simple – the NBA is a business, a tycoon, a mega corporation. The more games in a series, the more revenue the NBA makes (whether from sponsors, commercials, or broadcasting). The exposure of 7 games seems more intriguing than a blow out. In efforts to increase profits and extend the series, the referees make more calls in favor of one time, which can ultimately effect the score of the game.

  • lalball81

    Eh, it’s OK with me if the league is rigged just so much as it’s not blatantly obvious as it was in game two.

  • Smush Walton

    Phil Jckson made a good point a while back…
    The refs should be independent from the league office and should not be governed by David Stern and his cronies.

    I want to see statistics published on refs so we can see which are the good ones and which are the bad ones. We need to start weeding out the lousy ones.

    Donaghy – enjoy your time in prison baby!
    Don’t forget to bring a nice big jar of vasoline!

  • MILO

    the league is corrupt my bro’s, yet when i said this a year or so ago before the donaghy scandal evrybody ridiculed me and told me to stop whinying!I TOLD YOU SO!!!

  • Mike

    The NBA can go to hell! I am sick of pulling for teams when it is clear that the NBA has other plans. The Kings were ripped off in 2002. You have to be a freakin homeboy fag to see otherwise, the Suns were ripped off playing the Spurs a few years back and the spurs went on to win against a weak Eastern Conference champ. In the NFL the Raiders were ripped off against the refs and the tuck rule. I have had it with professional sports. It is endemic. Can’t anyone play by the rules anymore, do what’s right and play fair?