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07-29-2008, 12:09 PM
NEW YORK -- Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy was a compulsive gambler whose road to professional and personal ruin began on the golf course, where he bet up to $500 a hole, according to an evaluation filed on the eve of his sentencing.

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"In short, he could not stop himself from gambling," wrote Stephen Block, a longtime New York-based gambling treatment counselor.

Donaghy, 41, faces up to 33 months in prison at his sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn after pleading guilty last year to taking thousands of dollars in payoffs from a professional gambler for inside betting tips. The evaluation was filed by his defense attorney, John Lauro, in a bid for leniency.

"In my professional opinion, Mr. Donaghy would never have committed these offenses if he was not a pathological gambler," Block concluded.

Block, who interviewed Donaghy in January, traced his problem to 1994, when he started betting up to $500 a hole and playing card games at various golf clubs in his home state of Pennsylvania. He was introduced to the world of professional sports gambling, where he bet on football and baseball before becoming embroiled in the NBA scheme.

"His gambling history demonstrates the need to gamble to fulfill the underlying need for 'action,' " Block said. "He continued to gamble despite the consequences and the fear of disclosure of his activities."

Donaghy, like many gambling addicts, successfully concealed his problem for years, Block wrote.

"Mr. Donaghy's ability to accurately referee games has no connection to his compulsive gambling condition," he said. "It is very common for the employers of pathological gamblers to never notice a decrease in job performance."

The criminal case ended Donaghy's 13-year career with the NBA. Also, his wife of 12 years has filed for divorce.

"His gambling has caused devastation in many areas of his life," said the report, adding that "continued professional treatment would benefit Mr. Donaghy in his recovery."

Prosecutors declined comment on Monday.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press


07-29-2008, 12:19 PM
he should have gotten 33 months

07-29-2008, 01:10 PM

thats all he got

07-29-2008, 01:12 PM
well, itz gambling people..........get over it. Bush did worse.

07-29-2008, 01:45 PM
heres the article: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3509440

heres an exerpt from the article

NEW YORK -- Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday for setting off a gambling scandal that tarnished the league's reputation and raised questions about the integrity of its officiating.

The sentencing in Brooklyn federal court capped a case that hung over the league throughout the season and even into the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. League commissioner David Stern has repeatedly denied Donaghy's claim that corruption among referees goes beyond Donaghy.

Donaghy's lawyer had asked the judge for probation. Donaghy had faced up to 33 months in prison, but the judge gave him credit for his cooperation.

At one point werent they saying that he could get up to 25 years in prison for the scandal? Wonder how he got it down to 15 months?

07-29-2008, 01:49 PM
Merging with the other Donaghy thread. Please guys, take a look to see if the news has already been posted. Thanks.

07-29-2008, 01:58 PM
Too light a sentence on the one hand, and too much of a scapegoat on the other. I think the L really sleazed their way out of this. I still don't believe it was all Donaghy. He was used as a fall-guy.

07-29-2008, 01:59 PM
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well, itz gambling people..........get over it. Bush did worse.

07-29-2008, 05:24 PM
wow he got less time than michael vick

07-30-2008, 12:54 PM
That is way to long. I honestly don't think he should have gotten anything. Its about time that something is being discovered in the NBA. David Stern's claims that Donaghy was alone in his actions is completely ludacrous. David Stern new what was going on the whole time. I agree that Donaghy was just a scape goat. Stern is doing what he has to do to get money for the league and he's doing a great job running the NBA as a business, but he is ruining the integrity of the game.