NBA refs gambled, ousted ref claims

A former NBA official who pleaded guilty to gambling charges will implicate other refs, the Seattle Times is reporting:

Former official Tim Donaghy reportedly will give information that will implicate referees in some forms of gambling activity, ESPN.com reported Friday.

The Web site, citing a report on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York, said Donaghy will give federal prosecutors the information as part of his cooperation with government officials.

According to the radio report, Donaghy will give prosecutors as many as 20 names of other officials and will talk about their involvement in some type of gambling activity. The ESPN.com report said, “The specifics of the gambling allegations are reportedly believed to include betting in casinos.”

Read the whole story at the above link. This has the makings of a major scandal, even though some of the gambling alleged only violates NBA rules and the refs’ contract, but isn’t otherwise illegal.

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