David Stern talks about ref betting
The NBA Commissioner David
Stern finally came out to publicly address the betting scandal
surrounding the referee Tim Donaghy.
On Tuesday Commissioner David Stern finally broke the NBA
management silence after NBA was made aware of the allegations
in June 20th. According to Stern, the Tim Donaghy betting
allegations are just a single incident: "We think we have here a
rogue, isolated criminal here. I feel betrayed by what happened
on behalf of the sport. I also understand [Tim Donaghy] is the
only referee alleged to have bet on NBA games and disclosed
confidential information to others. Let me make it clear that's
my current understanding."
David Stern also said that he is unaware of
any charges about Donaghy potentially fixing games, but he knows
that Tim Donaghy is being accused of betting on games and
providing information to others for the purpose of betting.
Stern said that the League was made aware of the allegations in
June 20th and the ref stepped down in July 9th. "Suffice to say,
we would have liked to have terminated him earlier, but our
understanding was the investigation would best be aided if we
did not terminate Mr. Donaghy," was Stern's explanation for the
The NBA Commissioner also commented on the
League's own investigation of Tim Donaghy gambling addiction.
According to Stern, he was investigated for gambling, but not on
sports, rather at casinos in Atlantic City. When the
investigators contacted every casino in Atlantic City, there was
no evidence of Tim Donaghy gambling in the City.
"We take our obligation to fans in this
matter very seriously. I can stand here today and pledge that we
will do every look back possible to analyze our processes and
seek the best advice possible to see if there are changes that
should be made and procedures that should be implemented to
continue to assure fans we're doing the best we possibly can,''
"Our rules are crystal clear that referees
may not gamble on our games or provide information to anyone
about those games. They can't gamble, they can't provide to
anyone other than immediate family their travel schedule," Stern
Tim Donaghy is under investigation for
allegedly placing bets with illegal sports betting ring, giving
out confidential information and possible point spread fixing of
the games he officiated in the last two seasons.
The New York Daily News reported on Sunday
that Donaghy will cooperate with authorities and possibly name
other officials and players involved in the betting scandal. The
newspaper was also the one who broke the story of NBA's
investigation of Tim Donaghy and his gambling problem, while he
was living in Pennsylvania.
Published on 07/24/2007