OTD in 2007: FBI Started Investigating NBA Referee for Throwing Games

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FBI BEGAN EXAMINING AN NBA REFEREE FOR THROWING GAMES

Tim Donaghy started playing basketball in 1994. He was involved in some of the competition’s darker episodes, including the infamous “Malice at the Palace” and a showdown between himself and Rasheed Wallace after a game in January that led to a seven-game suspension. for the TrailBlazers star. In 2007, a week after his retirement, the FBI announced that Donaghy was the subject of an ongoing investigation into underground sports betting.

The FBI concluded that Tim Donaghy had illegally bet on games, but not enough evidence had been gathered to show that he was actively fixing them. Many fans and players believe otherwise due to Donaghy’s connections to the mafia and the alleged dubiousness of the investigation’s findings. Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his crimes.

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