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Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  4 responses

Ex NBA Ref Tim Donaghy Won $1.3 Million Lawsuit Against Publisher


The disgraced former NBA referee made himself a nice chunk of change, by successfully suing a book publisher. Per the Philly Daily News: “After 5 rough years that included banishment from the NBA, gambling and wire-fraud convictions for betting on basketball games, and even 2 weeks spent in solitary confinement ‘like Charles Manson’ while serving a 15-month prison term, Donaghy can finally put one in the win column. According to Donaghy and his lawyer, a St. Petersburg jury on Friday awarded Donaghy $1.3 million in his civil suit against Shawna Vercher and her now-defunct company VTi Group, which published Donaghy’s tell-all book about the NBA and its referees. ‘The lady made my life a living hell and basically tortured me through the press by putting fictitious stories out there,’ Donaghy said Sunday. ‘I knew, at some point, my time would come. And my time was Friday.’ The lawsuit stems from a nasty dispute between Donaghy and Vercher. She called the cops, saying he threatened her and book vendors. He said she ripped him off by pocketing nearly $250,000 in revenue from his book, ‘Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA.’ Donaghy’s lawyer, Nicholas Mooney, said the jury sided with Donaghy on all counts, including breach of contract, theft, and infliction of emotional distress. Under Florida law, the total award will likely be increased to about $1.65 million, Mooney said. Vercher is also responsible for paying Donaghy’s attorney’s fees.”

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  • bigA

    Does he ever not deserve that money.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Shu

    Well tim, your 15 minutes was over about half an hour ago.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This is your capitalist America, folks! Enjoy!!!

  • Denver_Vantage

    I never really honed in to this story at the time of it getting its burst of airplay, probably because I held commissioner stern in higher regard at that time and tended to believe it was an isolated event. But, that was then and this is now. After the one-sided officiating fest that leaned heavily in favor of an OKC and Heat final — and the absolute mockery of competition that is the finals with the refs siding with all things Miami — I no longer believe in the integrity of this league. Miami is all things wrong with the sport. Where greed and collusion on South Beach occurred between the big three long before the decision. Winning for all the wrong reasons. A great team is built from within over a long incubation period. Not manufactured between friends of competing teams assembling in a blink. The assembly sends the wrong message. Their bravado and air of heightened arrogance sends a distasteful glance.

    I am a 20-year fan of the sport but I will tell you this. If Miami ends up winning (and it looks like a near lock that they will), I will be done with this sport and will vote with my pocketbook by dissociating myself with all things NBA. If I wanted a scripted outcome, I would have chosen a book that I would at least enjoy immersing myself in. Not this sorry product.

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