Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  10 responses

NBA to Investigate Donaghy’s Claims

Tim’s book may have trouble finding a publisher, but its contents were shocking enough to prompt the League to launch an investigation. That’s according to Elizabeth Ventura, the NBA’s senior vice president of communications: “In 2008 Mr. Donaghy’s allegations were thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We are reassured that the U.S. Government completed its investigation finding that the only criminal conduct was that of Mr. Donaghy.We take any question regarding the integrity of our game extremely seriously. At the time Mr. Donaghy’s crimes came to light, we appointed Lawrence B. Pedowitz, a former Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Southern District of New York, to lead a comprehensive independent review of the NBA’s officiating program. Mr. Pedowitz’s review revealed that the NBA’s core values of neutrality and accountability were not compromised by anyone other than Mr. Donaghy. As with all allegations concerning the integrity of our officiating program, these latest assertions by Mr. Donaghy will be turned over to Mr. Pedowitz for a complete review.”‘

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  • NUPE

    Donaghy could end up being like Jose Conseco. He may be telling the truth and nobody wants to believe him and then all of the sudden other people start getting caught and then we see the problem is a lot broader than anybody suspected. The L doesn’t want his story to be true and has a vested interest in discrediting him. I see a congressional investigation happening where the L isn’t involved. It they want to clean this potential problem up or prove there is no issue, then has to be independent investigation.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Great comparision. When the messenger is a slimeball it sometimes makes it hard to listen to the truth he’s speaking.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    I wonder if they’ll let Kobe, Shaq, Robert Horry, and Rick Fox play one more game against Mike Bibby, Hedo Turkoglu, CWebb, and Peja Stojakovic for the WC Championship.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276.html chiqo

    why are you investigating the actions of a rogue who acted alone? hmm?

  • Yesse

    Lol.We all think, that Stern is the leader of the conspiracy.He is almost like the president of the Nba so they arent gonna find anything.Altough i think Nba has a president too.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    The league could not suspend Michael Jordan when he was betting on games. They couldn’t pull a Pete Rose. He was in his prime, and it would have bankrupted the league. So he “retired” and went and played baseball.This is why Jordan would score 50 or more on a moment’s notice because he needed to cover spread. I’m not even going to mention his father.

  • AL 29

    EVERYONE who saw game 6 of the 2002 Kings-Lakers series believes that either 1) the referees fixed the game to ensure the Lakers’ victory, or 2) the officiating was extremely and unusually incompetent. People believed the morning after the game, long before Donaghy came out and said it. Fine, Donaghy has no credibility and it’s understandable for the NBA to dismiss his accusations because after all, he is a fraud. But it hurts the NBA’s credibility to pretend that there was nothing wrong with the way game 6 was officiated. The NBA should look at the MLB and see the consequences of league cover-ups- it will cost more in the long run.

  • Sam Z

    really jordan bet on games????!!!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Everytime the Spurs played the suns in recent history i smelt something…. :/

  • Simmy Sosa

    Even if an independent investigation is conducted and they find evidence of collusion the powers that be will see to it that its kept under wraps. There are people higher on the food chain than Stern who will see to this. How else do you explain the investigation of Tom Cable by the police coming up clean. Cable, who broke the jaw of an assistant coach, who has a history of violence including two former wives making similar claims against him. Yet no charges. If the higher ups don’t want it to happen, it didn’t happen, period. Thats the kind of influence I want.