NBA refs caught gambling

October 30, 2007 2:19 AM
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In the wake of the Tim Donaghy betting and suspected game-fixing scandal, the NBA has disciplined six referees for violating it’s anti-gambling rules, according to a published report.

Sources told The New York Daily News that the six officials, whose names have not been identified, were found in violation of the league’s anti-gambling policy for such infractions as going to casinos. The information came to light as a result of the NBA’s investigation into its officials after the Donaghy scandal broke this summer. But the sources said these new infractions were in no way close to what Donaghy did.

"Nobody’s getting suspended," the source told the paper. "They were reprimanded and punished, but nobody lost their job."

The league would not elaborate on the infractions, but NBA Commissioner David Stern did comment while in Europe at NBA preseason camps.

"There were some violations," Stern told The New York Daily News, referring to the six. "But they are not hanging crimes."

On July 24, Stern blamed a "rogue, isolated criminal" for the Donaghy scandal.

Donaghy, who pleaded guilty to two felony charges after admitting to betting on games he officiated, will be sentenced on Jan. 25 before Judge Carol B. Amon, the Philadelphia Daily News reported, citing sealed court documents filed in Brooklyn (N.Y.) Federal Court.

The 40-year-old veteran official pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to transmit gambling information across state lines — for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he officiated. He has been free on $250,000 bond.

In a letter to Stern, Donaghy resigned on July 9.