NBA to Investigate Donaghy’s Claims

by October 30, 2009
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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.”‘