Tim Donaghy’s estranged wife requests restraining order

19 03 2008

(from HeraldTribune.com)
LAKEWOOD RANCH — The estranged wife of former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who admitted to betting on games he officiated, has asked a local judge to issue a restraining order against her husband.

The request accuses Donaghy of striking their children, breaking into her e-mail account and threatening to harm her.

Donaghy could not be reached for comment Wednesday; his attorney’s office declined comment.

The allegations against Donaghy surfaced in the middle of the couple’s divorce proceedings, as the couple fights over custody of their four young children and their $1.1 million mansion in the Lakewood Ranch Country Club in Manatee County.

In court papers, Kim Donaghy says her husband used her AOL password to steal e-mails about the divorce. On March 14, she says she asked for the e-mails and other paperwork and Donaghy threatened her in front of their children, and police were called.

A Manatee sheriff’s report on the incident said that the fight was not physical. Kim Donaghy said in court documents that Tim has hit the children in the past.
“He is going to snap,” she wrote.

A local judge will have a hearing on the restraining order request Monday. About a month later, Donaghy is due in a New York court, where he will be sentenced for his role in an NBA betting scandal.

The former ref pleaded guilty to wagering on games he worked and tipping off other bettors with inside information. He faces 25 years in prison.

Atlanta – Sports fans hell

11 01 2008

A moment of silence for sports fans in Atlanta.

  • Hiring Coach Petrino out from under his 10 year contract at Louisville, Louisville was a contender year after year, Atlanta killed a top 5 college football team.  Only to have him resign mid-season to go to Alabama to coach.
  •  Michael Vick – the most exciting player in the NFL – done.
  • In a Patriot-like, if you’re not cheating – you’re not trying move, Atlanta falsely has Shaq removed from a game after only his fifth foul.

I suppose Atlanta can ride on the outcome of UG-Athens beating Hawaii soundly in the Sugar Bowl, and their president’s war on the NCAA BCS.

Tim Donaghy Photos

22 07 2007


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NBA Refs Suck

20 07 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball games over the past two seasons, including ones in which he officiated.

Defense attorney John Lauro confirmed Donaghy is under investigation but refused to comment on the allegations or the case.

According to a law enforcement official, authorities are examining whether the referee made calls to affect the point spread in games on which he or associates had wagered.

The law enforcement official, who spoke to the AP on Friday on condition of anonymity, said the referee was aware of the investigation and had made arrangements to surrender as early as next week to face charges. The official, who did not identify the referee, is familiar with the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

The law enforcement official said the bets involved thousands of dollars and were made on games during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Donaghy officiated 68 games in the 2005-06 season and 63 games in 2006-07. He also worked 20 playoff games, including five last season.

“As we previously stated, we have been cooperating with the FBI in their investigation of allegations that a single NBA referee bet on NBA games that he officiated,” commissioner David Stern said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Although asked by the government not to comment, Stern said the naming of Donaghy prompted a fuller statement.

“We would like to assure our fans that no amount of effort, time or personnel is being spared to assist in this investigation, to bring to justice an individual who has betrayed the most sacred trust in professional sports, and to take the necessary steps to protect against this ever happening again.”

The FBI probe, which began recently, also involves allegations that the referee had connections to organized crime associates. Other arrests are expected, the official said.

The referee had a gambling problem, according to the official, and was approached by low-level mob associates through an acquaintance.

The investigation first was reported Friday by the New York Post.

“I’m shocked, terribly shocked,” said Gary Benson, an NBA official for 17 years who retired two years ago because of knee problems. “Those are people that you work with and that you literally — you spend more time with those people than you do with your family.”

Benson said he didn’t work with Donaghy much.

“You have a lot of acquaintances and very few friends. … I probably worked a handful of games with him overall, just a handful.”

Nevada gambling regulators were not involved in an investigation and had no information about the allegations, said Jerry Markling, enforcement chief for the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board.

Markling, in Las Vegas, said he learned of the probe from news accounts.

“The allegations were new to us,” said Mark Clayton, a control board member. “However, we will continue to monitor them to ascertain whether there is any connection to Nevada’s licensed sports books.”

Veteran oddsmaker John Avello, at the Wynn resort on the Las Vegas Strip, said that without specific information it would be difficult to identify wagering irregularities over the last two seasons.

“At this point, it’s too early to know if any games were affected,” Avello said, adding that no regulators or investigators had contacted him about the case.

Jay Kornegay, executive director of the sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton, said he had never seen any unusual activity in NBA betting, and was surprised not to have heard about an investigation until Friday.

“Whispers would have happened on the street, and we would have heard something,” Kornegay said. “Any type of suspicious or unusual movements, you usually hear in the industry. We’re so regulated and policed, any kind of suspicion would be discussed.

“We haven’t seen anything like that in the NBA that I can remember,” he said, “and we haven’t been contacted by anybody.”

Kornegay said legal sports betting in Nevada represents a fraction of sports betting worldwide, with 98.5 percent of all action taken outside the state. Clayton cited a 2005 estimate by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission that found $380 billion is wagered on illegal sports betting, compared with $2.25 billion in legal sports betting in Nevada.

Gambling long has been a problem in sports, and leagues have made a point of educating players of the potential pitfalls. The NBA, for example, discusses gambling at rookie orientation, even bringing in former mobster Michael Franceze to speak.

NBA commissioner David Stern had long objected to putting a team in Las Vegas because it permits betting on basketball, though earlier this year allowed Mayor Oscar Goodman to submit a proposal to owners on how the city would handle wagering on a team if it moved there.

Goodman argues that legalized gambling, monitored by the Nevada Gaming Commission, prevents these types of suspicious activities.

“We’re the only regulatory agency in the world that really looks at unusual activity as far as the movement of the line and that type of conduct,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing that Las Vegas has the type of regulation that makes sure that bad things don’t happen.”

Associated Press Writer Ken Ritter and Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in Las Vegas and Noah Trister in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.

FBI Investigating NBA Ref for betting on games.

20 07 2007

July 20 (Bloomberg) — A National Basketball Association referee is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly betting on games, the head of the referees association said.

“These accusations, if true, are extremely serious and we have been in discussions with the NBA regarding this matter,” Lamell McMorris said in an interview. “In light of the fact that this is an ongoing federal criminal investigation, we have nothing further to say at this time.”

The NBA said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked it not to comment. FBI spokesman Neil Donovan didn’t immediately return calls for comment.

The New York Post reported today that a referee, whose name hasn’t been disclosed, was working with organized crime to affect the outcome of games.

The FBI is set to arrest the referee, who allegedly wagered on games the past two seasons, along with others who profited from the scheme, according to the Post, citing people it didn’t name. The referee bet on games he officiated, the Post said.

Baseball has been involved in some of the biggest sports gambling scandals. Members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox were banned from the sport for taking money to lose the World Series. Pete Rose was banished in 1989 for betting on the Cincinnati Reds while he was managing the team.

In college basketball, players from schools including the City College of New York were implicated in rigging games in the late 1940s, and organized crime figure Henry Hill plotted with Boston College players in the late 1970s.

NBA referees have been under federal investigation before. Several officials pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in 1998 after an Internal Revenue Service probe revealed a scheme of exchanging first-class airline tickets for cheaper ones and pocketing the difference without reporting the extra income.

2007-2008 NBA Suspensions begin already.

14 07 2007

Shortly after the Kings and Warriors got the news that they would have an extra $2.5 million to spend, they also received word that they wouldn’t be able to keep a little more in their own pockets.

The NBA suspended former Indiana Pacers teammates Stephen Jackson and Ron Artest for 7 games each to start the 2007-2008 season.

Artest and Jackson will both lose over $400,000 for their incredibly stupid actions off the basketball court, and will have to pay $600 and $5,000 respectively, in fines for judges decisions in the court.

Missing almost 10% of the season months before it’s to kick off seems a little ridiculous. In reality they should both spend the next few months in jail. See if that would correct the problems.

The mercy rule.

10 06 2007

Popovich has been called a lot of things.  But merciful?

After Lebron was benched by Coach Brown 3 minutes into game two of the Finals, Popovich went on to play fair by benching his starters.

Duncan, Parker, Finley, and Bowen were all sitting on the bench after getting a 15 point lead in the first quarter.

It seems almost embarrassing that the Spurs bench outplayed the rest of the Cavs starters.


8 06 2007


2 06 2007

Congratulations to the Cavs!

Steve Kerr for President

2 06 2007


That was my initial impression after reading Kerr’s prediction of the Suns/Spurs series.

Why would a San Antonio resident, who’s earned a championship with this same team, turn his back on his teammates and actually claim that the opponent would win?

Now it becomes clear. The former University of Arizona star, who owns a small piece of the suns, is to become the president & general manager.

His former teammate, at both Cleveland & San Antonio, Danny Ferry has done very well with the Cavs. We will see how he fairs in the ever improving Western Conference. I have a feeling the only way the Suns will be seeing a championship anytime soon, is if the general managers decide to play H-O-R-S-E for it.