Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 at 10:46 am  |  34 responses

Donaghy Says He’s Guilty

by Marcel Mutoni

Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he bet on NBA games today.

Donaghy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting wagering information to other individuals. The charges together could result in a prison term of up to 25 years.

Donaghy must also pay a $500,000 fine and at least $30,000 in restitution.

I guess the only positive to arise from this mess is the fact that Don-a-gie truly appears to be – as David Stern famously called him – a rogue, isolated criminal. No other referee or player is suspected in the scandal. So, no matter what Bill Simmons and other mouth-breathing columnists may tell you, one idiot ref does not represent the tipping point in the NBA’s ultimate demise.

Thankfully, we can now focus our attention on the really important things in the League; you know, like Drew Gooden’s hair.

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  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com H to the izzo

    Hopefully nobody actually takes “the sports guy” seriously

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I wonder if he’d be allowed to ref the inmate games?

  • Keith

    Any news on which NBA player is gonna have the nickname ‘Mr Ping Ping’?

  • Lucci

    white hot, you never cease to amaze

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I hope you know it was a joke, Lucci. Although it would be funny.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Mouth breather is one of my favorite insults. Thanks Mutoni.

  • Mo Charlo

    Myles/Mutoni, please explain “mouth-breather.” Furthermore, if he does his jail time, can we petition that he not spend it in a federal pen? The federal pen is kind of known to be safe from the mafia. I guess if I could have my choice, he’d be in the prison that held H.I. McDonough in “Raising Arizona.” Because, you know, it’s in Arizona.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    That’s mean, guys. Some people have sinus problems. Or, like, their adnoids are messed up. How about some sensitivity, huh?

  • FLUD

    Bill Simmons is a sensitive man. Highly sensitive. That’s why I’d love to smack the crap out of him. He’d feel the pain more than anyone else.

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    The original definition of mouth-breather referred to a person that, due to medical problems (usually with the sinuses or nose), was forced to breath via the mouth. This leaves the jaw hanging open at most times, which has a tendency to make a person look dopey or spacey.

    but on the real, what’s with the sports guy hate? any cat who can convince the worldwide leader to give his wife a side gig writing about tv shows she watches is cool with me.

  • Keith

    John Amaechi has some ‘sensitive issues’….Oh wait, that’s the wrong kind of ‘sensitive’

  • Boing Dynasty

    Mo, watch Andrea Bargniani for visual evidence of a mouth a mouth breather.

  • booyakasha

    david stern: i want you to find tim donaghy! i want him DEAD! i want his family DEAD! i want you to burn his house to the GROUND!”

  • http://www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    Two things….

    1. Simmons true nickname should be The Couch Guy. I hope I don’t watch that much MTV in my 30s.
    2. I’m going to set the over-under for Donaghy’s jail time at 18 1/2 years. Might as well bet on it.

  • http://nyctrademarks.com Anthony Verna

    Kevin, I’ll put $50 on the under.

    It does appear as if he’s one lone ranger, however, the seriousness is that one referee can affect something in the result of a basketball game. It might not be who wins, but it might be a very subtle score change.

  • http://www.firemitchkupchak.com Reggie Evans

    Preliminary analyis of the legal doc.

    It’s written that Donaghy provided inside info about games via phone calls, specifically on or about Dec 13, 2006 and on or about Dec 26,2006. Assuming he was talking about the games of that night, those would be Boston 101 at Philadelphia 81, and Memphis 101 at Washington 116.

    The first one would make sense, as the doc says that he received payment in Pennsylvania the next day. I took at quick glance of the play-by-play, but nothing stands out on either game, except for the fact that it looks like both games probably went over the O/U (over/under) mark.

    That’s all I got, until someone can look at the video!

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Damn, Reggie, are you working for the prosecution? That’a a lot of legwork on your part.

  • jdubbs

    Bill Simmons is the funniest writer over at ESPN, if anything Lang is losing a step and no one has taken its place. Its sad when the only thing people have to look forward to are my e whit boy raps.

  • Mo Charlo

    If Don-a-gie is a rogue, isolated criminal, does that make him Omar Little? Ayo, you come at the king, you best not miss.

  • http://www.myspace.com/whyberickjames Jesus Shuttlesworth

    right jdubbs, everyone looks forward to your raps. whatever you need to tell yourself to wake up in the morning

  • http://www.firemitchkupchak.com Reggie Evans

    Eboy – Just sitting at my desk reading the doc and using google, man.

  • http://www.firemitchkupchak.com Reggie Evans

    It should be noted that the games Donaghy gave picks for were not necessarily games he was officiating – he was just giving his recommendation based on inside info (presumably it would help to know who was reffing a game because of their tendencies, info which the public does not know until just prior to tip-off).

  • Mo Charlo

    That’s pretty thin, if you ask me. But, of course, NBA refs shouldn’t bet on games period, so let’s execute him!

  • http://www.firemitchkupchak.com Reggie Evans

    Actually the Boston game on Dec 13 went under the total mark. The only fishy thing I see in the play-by-play is at the end of the 4th quarter, this line: 1:07 Rajon Rondo makes 21-foot jumper.


    Isolated my @ss.. In other news.. pigs are flying and Khalid loves the Raptors. NOT!!

  • Simon Fuller

    I’m not in the U.S, but I think there’d be a riot if Donaghy got 18.5 years, I don’t think he’ll get half that. Can you imagine the outrage if he got 25 years, when there are murderers/rapists serving far shorter terms?

    There will also be massive coverage nationally and Donaghy would probably be of above average wealth, so he’ll have good legal representation. The guilty plea indicates that he will fully co-operate, during the trial, admit everything and throw himself on the mercy of the court. I don’t know if there are any similar cases in the U.S that can be drawn on, but 18.5 sounds pretty steep. I would have thought 4.5…

  • ForzaMilan

    Agree with Simon Fuller completely. I was thinking “holy hell 25 years??”. I’m guessing about 5. What’s the over/under for the Prison Sentence that the court will hand to Tim Donaghy?

  • Jose

    new slogan “The NBA: We Finally Got The Bastard”

  • maio

    At least he’s not Joey Crawford

  • http://mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    i watched donnie brasco again last night.. who was that nba ref that the movie was based on again?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    With a plea, he won’t get more than a few months at a low-security summer camp.

  • d-rock

    another good thing came of this scandal. The Warriors made it to the playoffs and won a few games!

  • http://www.rubensborges.wordpress.com Rubens

    yep… just now they are talking about it, in sports news, here in bras(z)il and they give the wrong information… classy!

  • bob

    Whatever he gets, it will all be worth it, he will write a best seller and bury the NBA with the truth and Stern will be gone for good,,,,RIP Stern,,,your done, you should pay him to shut up if the mafia dosen’t get him….