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GoatMilk
11-25-2009, 02:52 AM
http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/sports/BO130486/

BOSTON -- A source tells 7Sports that the gambler at the center of the 2008 NBA betting scandal says 13 referees were involved.

Jimmy "The Sheep" Battista pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transmit wagering information in connection with disgraced NBA official Tim Donaghy and served 15 months in federal prison.

The source also tells 7Sports that Battista claims he has the phone records to prove his contact with these 13 referees.

Donaghy served 15 months in federal prison for providing inside tips on NBA games to a professional gambler in exchange for money.

When the scandal broke in June of 2008, NBA commissioner David Stern called Donaghy a "rogue, isolated criminal."

The source tells 7Sports that Battista says he had a "Big-5" of dependable referees with Tim Donaghy being the "King" as Battista called him, who the gambler says delivered a winning bet 78 percent of the time in games he officiated.

The 7Sports source says that on December 12, 2006, the night before the Celtics played the Philadelphia 76ers, Battista says he met with Donaghy and a mutual high school friend.

On that night, the gambler claims they made a deal which according to Battista involved Donaghy supplying information including injury reports and referee assignments and Battista making the bets.

The source says that according to Battista, the first game the two men bet on together was the Celtics-76ers game the following night -- a game Donaghy officiated and one the Celtics covered with ease.

The Celtics were 1 1/2 point favorites, but with 10 minutes to play in the third quarter, the score was tied.

The Celtics would eventually go on to win by 20 points.

The source says Battista is making these claims as he works to finalize a tell-all book deal.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
11-25-2009, 02:55 AM
Why am I not suprised???

abe_froman
11-25-2009, 02:57 AM
the number 13 surprises me alittle,didnt think tim was the only one but still 13..

Sox Appeal
11-25-2009, 02:59 AM
the number 13 surprises me alittle,didnt think tim was the only one but still 13..

I would have guessed higher.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
11-25-2009, 03:30 AM
the number 13 surprises me alittle,didnt think tim was the only one but still 13..

Joe Crafword must be one of them:mad:

he's fouling players and ejecting them for laughing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wugrOmbsV3U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu1Wz5JQEz8

Punkindrublic03
11-25-2009, 03:32 AM
I wonder how many games David Stern tells the refs to dictate in a season, especially come playoff time.

Go_NUGGETS
11-25-2009, 04:12 AM
I'm sure some of the games were betted against the Nuggets.

rapswin98
11-25-2009, 04:40 PM
I'm sure some of the games were betted against the NBA's only Canadian team.... The Toronto Raptors.

SA5195
11-25-2009, 05:32 PM
No wonder the Raps get 3 second violations all the time, and when Bosh gets hit from like 3 people, he still gets no calls!

:mad:

tr4shb0t
11-25-2009, 05:52 PM
Derrick Stafford, Gary Zielinski

clutchski
11-25-2009, 06:26 PM
Can't people just be happy with their opportunities, why do they have to risk it all and cheat the system for extra money

Jumba
11-25-2009, 07:48 PM
Bring back the replacements! :o