Growing Ref Scandal
The Tim Donaghy story goes on: drip, drip, drip. I’m a skeptic by nature, an anti-conspiracy theorist. It’s easy to believe that a ref with a gambling problem decided to shade the games he worked; it’s hard to believe he was part of a complex conspiracy – given how hard it is to keep a secret — and even harder to think that the NBA office would be so stupid as to try to cover up said conspiracy. Disgraced ref Donaghy has made some wild allegations, but without corroborating evidence, his credibility is low. And yet there’s a story out today that’s making me think twice.
According to Fox News, court documents show that Donaghy made 134 phone calls to fellow ref Steve Foster between October 2006 and April 2007, a period in which he was betting on games. According to the report, most of the calls were short and came before or after games that have been called into question. Now, that’s a lot of calls — almost daily, on average. The only person Donaghy called more often was the guy who placed bets for him.
Fox reported that Foster says he knows of no investigation. The NBA put out a lame statement: “The government has said that they have found no evidence of criminal conduct aside from that of Mr. Donaghy. Once again, the only criminal conduct is that of Mr. Donaghy.”
Jon Abbey is looking more and more like his gravatar, by the second.’