LeBron James, or a Dwyane Wade, or a DwightHoward, the whistle’s blown right away. It’s justway, way too subjective, and they need to narrow
Who do you think the NBA wants to
You know, I don’t really believethat they have a stake in who they want to win the
go up into that sixth and hopefully seventh game,to where globally there’s a tremendous amount atstake.
: So tell me a little bit about your story, and how you got in trouble.
Well, certainly I got in troublebecause I suffer from a gambling addiction, and
I crossed the line I should havenever been near.
I was betting on the NBA, and eventually on NBAteams that I refereed. And the reason that it’sall exposed is that a friend of mine was passingthe information along to people associated withorganized crime, and when I decided I wanted tostop betting, the people who were getting thesepicks, and making millions of dollars off the picks,certainly didn’t want to stop, and they picked me upin Philadelphia and basically threatened to exposeme to the NBA or have somebody visit my wifeand kids in Florida. So I participated, giving themthe picks, and this whole thing was heard over Gambino wiretap, and the operation was basicallyexposed. I became a cooperating witness for the government against people associated withorganized crime, and also the culture that existedwithin the NBA.
So, at that point, once they werethreatening you, you started actually making callsbased on making sure that the bets that they weremaking were going to win?
No, it was never making calls in thegame. In fact, there were times when they madereference to why I made certain calls against theteams I told them to bet. The bottom line is, I wasfrom the league on July 9, 2007, amidst reports of an investigation by the FBI into allegations that he
seasons. On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pled guiltyto two federal charges related to the investigation
prison. He published a memoir, Personal Foul, inwhich he claims that NBA referees often let their biases get in the way of doing their jobs.
I’m a big Celtics fan, so I’m somewhat
close and personal, watching the refereeing, andit just seems like it’s a real problem in the gameright now.
It’s a huge problem, because withthe blueprint of the book and exposing what goes
open, it’s really putting the NBA and the refereesin the spotlight. And the bottom line is that thereare a lot of knowledgeable fans out there who arebeing turned off by what’s going on. Not only haveI received a lot of letters from fans, but also ownersand players, saying that they’re hoping that thisthing truly becomes an athletic competition whereeverybody’s treated the same.
Do you think there’s any role for video? In other sports, there’s the ability to goback and actually look at a play. I know it’s hard todo in basketball, because it’s moving so quickly,but I always thought if you had somebody in abooth somewhere, he could actually be makingthe closer calls based on video rather than beingon the court, having to try and look through hugebodies. Does that make any sense to you, or no?
It absolutely makes sense,because there’s an accountability factor with that.
miss a call and have it overturned.
Which rule do you think is broken
a game, what do they use?
The traveling violation is one. It’sbeing ignored or not based on the player. Another is freedom of movement, where certain people areallowed to grab and hold, and dislodge people.But then again, if you do something like that to a