June 19, 2020

In , Donaghy, a longtime NBA referee, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and to disclosing confidential information regarding NBA. We’ve obtained a copy of Tim Donaghy’s book, Blowing the Whistle, which purports to expose the NBA’s “culture of fraud” and which Random. Blowing the whistle: the culture of fraud in the NBA by Tim Donaghy; 3 editions; First published in ; Subjects: National Basketball.

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The book was to have covered Donaghy’s experience as an NBA referee and the events leading up to his conviction on federal wire fraud tje.

Blowing the Whistle : The Culture of Fraud in the NBA

During the process of editing and vetting the manuscript, which Triumph received from Donaghy in the spring, Random House and its imprint made the joint decision to cancel the book out of “concerns over potential liability,” according to an e-mail from a Triumph representative.

Pat Berdan, a senior consultant at Executive Prison Consultants and Donaghy’s liaison to the publisher, said that the decision not to publish the book came two weeks ago. He said it was the result of blkwing threat of legal blowihg by the NBA. Berdan said the book was vetted, including one final look by a senior attorney from Random House, and was ready to go to press when the company decided not to publish the book. So it’s conceivable that the NBA found out the book was forthcoming and it was a reaction to the general information.


There’s no question that they have a certain degree of contempt toward Donaghy.

Donaghy, 42, remains behind bars for a probation violation following his month prison sentence. A New York judge sentenced Donaghy last year after the referee said he took thousands of dollars from a professional gambler in exchange for inside tips on NBA games — including games he worked.

Court papers say Donaghy began placing bets on NBA games in He gave gambling associates sensitive information, including which crews would officiate games and how the various officials and players interacted. His actions “compromised his objectivity as a referee because of his personal financial interest in the outcome of NBA games,” the government said. Donaghy said in a court filing that the league routinely encouraged refs to ring up bogus fouls to manipulate results, while discouraging them from calling technical fouls on star players.

Commissioner David Stern has called Donaghy’s allegations “baseless,” saying he tried to implicate others to secure a lighter sentence. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce in the tips-for-payoffs scheme.

He was released from a federal prison in Pensacola, Fla. He was scheduled for release on Oct. But Donaghy was sent back to prison in August when he was accused of violating his federal probation by not showing up for work, the U. Whistel lawyer said it was all a misunderstanding.


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