Friday, July 20, 2007

Mad Dog on the NBA Ref investigation

Mad Dog comments on the allegations that an NBA referee bet on basketball games:
"The minute they name the referee, every player is going to try to remember their games that he worked," said Minnesota Timberwolves forward, and union rep, Mark Madsen. "If there were any close games or late calls, players are definitely going to think about that. This is bad.

"We all know how closely the league monitors the referees," he added. "From a player's standpoint, we respect the refs. I never would have believed that this would happen. It's tragic. I never thought I'd be hearing this in 100 years, about any official in any sport.

"I considered this to be a thing of the past. There's so much education about it, to the players, to the teams. When I played in the Final Four, they sat us down with an FBI agent. They told us not to say anything even about injuries, except to team [members], because that sort of thing would show up on Las Vegas sports books."

The New York Post has more info on the story. ESPN is reporting that the ref under investigation by the FBI for betting on basketball games during the last two season is Tim Donaghy.