Archive for the ‘Tim Donaghy’ Category

Timmy “Da Whistle” Donaghy to plead guilty

August 15, 2007

NBA pariah and ex-referee Tim Donaghy just took his first step toward the witness protection program on Tuesday when he opted to plead guilty to charges that he bet on NBA games he refereed.

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UvT inside sources tell us that Mr. Donaghy will surrender himself to Brooklyn Federal Court later today. Supposedly, Mr. Donaghy had a major gambling problem and then was approached by “low-level mob associates”.

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What, no Christopher? No Paulie? Maybe Jackie Jr. got his hooks into him.

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Then again, since it was in Brooklyn, I guess Phil Leotardo got a shot at him, you know, Phil had to wet his beak. Hilarious stuff. You just know this happens in all kinds of sports with officials. I mean, seriously, unless a cat does this repeatedly, how can they ever get caught?

Anyway, it should be interesting to see if Donaghy turns rat on his old mob friends…stay tuned.

NBA Referee Gambling and Point Shaving Scandal: Timmy “Da Whistle” Donaghy gets popped?!

July 20, 2007

Look, when this story first broke we had no idea which NBA ref got in over his head with his own illegal gambling and then had to answer to Paulie and Christopher.

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But if we had to guess one ref who did have the gambling jones AND was ignant enough to actually throw games for other cats like it was 1947 and not 2007, then our own speculative money was on the only known NBA Thug rockin’ a ref’s uniform, Joey Crawford of inexplicable technical fouls for Tim Duncan fame. But alas, it’s this slug, Tim Donaghy instead. Dammit!

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NBA referee Tim Donaghy is under investigation by the FBI for allegations that he bet on games that he officiated over the past two seasons and that he made calls affecting the point spread in games for the benefit of his mob associates. Is that all?

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And yes folks, Ole Timmy Whistles did resign once he got word of the investigation. Truth be told, we feel for the guy. I can only imagine how tough it is to have Kobe in your face asking you why you just made that completely inexplicable call, knowing FULL WELL that as you see Kobe’s lips move, all you’re thinking about is the threat from Tony Soprano‘s to make you Bobby Bacala’s “popped cherry” murder if you don’t either get him his money or fix this game tonight…. Yikes.

Awww, I just read that the 40 year old Donaghy is a Villanova grad and was involved with NBA Reads Program..nice. There’s a role model for the kiddies. One thing is for sure, this puts a decisive bullet in that NBA team in Vegas idea. Again, ugly.

-Lake