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Tim Donaghy, the NBA referee who was caught in the cross hairs of one of the most outrageous gambling scandals in sports history, is back in the news following an ESPN story that shed some light on Donaghy's backstory, and what it revealed is truly fascinating.
Donaghy started "fixing" NBA games on a smaller scale, but eventually the operation grew by leaps and bounds, and thus in dollar signs. According to the story, there was "about $1 million of his investors' money in each of Donaghy's games."
And this story gets even more insane, as one anonymous gambler said: "
That's right, $1 million worth of bets every time Donaghy stepped foot in an NBA arena.
When Did Tim Donaghy Referee the Kings vs Lakers Series?
Most notably, Donaghy was the referee for the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.
The never-before-told inside story of how Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games. More today at 1pm ET on ESPN https://t.co/iL4ybfBWJr— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) February 19, 2019
Many NBA analysts, bettors and fans alike pointed out that something felt "off" in this one with the most apparent discrepancy being that the Lakers shot 40 free throws in Game 6 while the Kings only attempted 25. Furthermore, the Lakers attempted 27 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, while the Kings attempted just nine that quarter.
The Lakers eventually went on to win the 2002 NBA Championship, and the outcome of this series has enraged Kings' fans for the better part of two decades now.
Where is Tim Donaghy Now?
Donaghy was released from prison in 2009, and currently lives in Sarasota, Fla. Publicly, Donaghy always refuted the charges.
Overall, the Donaghy scandal is a major black eye for the NBA, although betting scandals like this happen more often than you'd think in other sports. And while it certainly appears that Donaghy's memoir won't see the light of day, NBA fans can only hope the Donaghy saga is turned into a tell-all movie one day.
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