by Lang Whitaker

So there’s an NBA referee who was betting on basketball. Allegedly, of course.

And I know who it is. Or at least I know the name of who it is rumored to be among NBA circles. Am I going to put the name out there? Not on your life. (Or my life.) Because if I’m wrong about this one I’m throwing a guy’s integrity under the bus, and I don’t want to do that.

But here’s what I can tell you: It’s a guy who’s name probably won’t ring any bells unless you’re a hardcore NBA fan, and even then you still might not know the guy. When I heard the name it took me a few seconds to remember what he looks like, and I know all of the NBA refs. (By the way, it’s not Bob Delaney.) There is also a photo of a current NBA superstar I could run which would be a huge tipoff to this ref’s identity. But I’m not going to do that.

The NBA is taking this seriously — apparently David Stern himself just sent out an email reminding team execs and front office types that the FBI has asked the NBA not to comment at all on this. Go dark, Stern is saying.

Can’t wait to hear what Mark Cuban has to say about all this…