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dirt_dobber
10-21-2007, 05:38 PM
NBA disciplined six refs for violating anti-gambling rules
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3072928

In the wake of the Tim Donaghy betting scandal, the NBA has disciplined six referees for violating its anti-gambling rules, according to a published report.

Sources told The New York Daily News that the six officials, whose names have not been identified, were found in violation of the league's anti-gambling policy for such infractions as going to casinos. The information came to light as a result of the NBA's investigation into its officials after the Donaghy scandal broke this summer. But the sources said these new infractions were in no way close to what Donaghy did.

"Nobody's getting suspended," the source told the paper. "They were reprimanded and punished, but nobody lost their job."

However, the NBA told ESPN.com that the report is without merit.

"There is no truth to this report," NBA spokesman Tim Frank told ESPN.com.

According to the Daily News, the league would not elaborate on the infractions, but NBA Commissioner David Stern did comment while in Europe at NBA preseason camps.

"There were some violations," Stern said, referring to the six. "But they are not hanging crimes."

On July 24, Stern blamed a "rogue, isolated criminal" for the Donaghy scandal.

Donaghy, who pleaded guilty to two felony charges after admitting to betting on games he officiated, will be sentenced on Jan. 25 before Judge Carol B. Amon, the Philadelphia Daily News reported, citing sealed court documents filed in Brooklyn (N.Y.) Federal Court.

The 40-year-old veteran official pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to transmit gambling information across state lines -- for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he officiated. He has been free on $250,000 bond.

In a letter to Stern, Donaghy resigned on July 9.

Court papers say Donaghy started placing bets on NBA games in 2003. He then gave gamblers inside information, including tips on which crews would officiate games and how the various officials and players interacted.

Donaghy faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. He also must pay a $500,000 fine.

alby
10-21-2007, 07:19 PM
which 6

dirt_dobber
10-21-2007, 07:35 PM
had to be at least all of those involved in the old heat-mavs series!

Underdog
10-21-2007, 07:41 PM
This article = Stern covering his ass (and his buddy sitting in the corner wearing the fedora and smoking the cigar who just gave Stern a big kiss on the cheek saying that he'd "do the right thing"...)

Dirkadirkastan
10-21-2007, 07:49 PM
This article = Stern covering his ass (and his buddy sitting in the corner wearing the fedora and smoking the cigar who just gave Stern a big kiss on the cheek saying that he'd "do the right thing"...)

This is very creepy.

Underdog
10-21-2007, 08:05 PM
This is very creepy.


Haha - the scariest thing is that it's probably closer to reality than me or Hollywood would care to admit...

Jack.Kerr
10-21-2007, 08:40 PM
Coverup.

Darth Ape
10-22-2007, 06:18 AM
"going to casinos"

jeez.. there really is corruption in the NBA if the refs have visited a casino. Slot machines = end of world

sike
10-22-2007, 10:11 AM
were they betting on NBA games??

that is the only way I see a problem