CBS2: Owners of the Sacramento Kings, Joe and Gavin Maloof, issued their first statement today concerning the recent claim made by ex-NBA referee Tim Donaughy that game six of the 2002 NBA playoffs between the Kings and the Lakers was rigged.
In a press release issued by Maloof Sports And Entertainment, the brothers wrote, “We certainly didn’t like all the calls in that Game six and were extremely disappointed with the outcome. However, we have been associated with the NBA for many years and feel in no way that the League was conspiring for the Kings to lose.”
The allegations about the 2002 series were contained in a letter filed by a lawyer for Donaghy, who pleaded guilty last year to felony charges alleging he took cash payoffs from gamblers and bet on games himself. Donaghy, 41, faces up to 33 months in prison at sentencing on July 14. Locally, the claims touched off a flurry of e-mails and phone calls to the Maloofs’ organization, prompting them to issue today’s statement.