Convicted NBA Ref Says Gambino Wise Guys Threatened His Family

December 4, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Disgraced NBA referee official Tim Donaghy, who spent 15 months in federal prison for betting on NBA games with a notorious gambler, just taped an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” which will air Sunday night. And Donaghy said that members of the Gambino demanded a cut of his gambling action, threatening his wife and children if he didn’t play along.

Donaghy bet on 100 NBA games for about four years, boasting of a 75 percent success rate. The convicted ex-NBA official claims he enjoyed the sense of “euphoria” that came with his risky gambling operation. But claims it all went downhill, once the Mafia moved in.

“They basically told me that I needed to give them the picks and if I didn’t, that it’s a possibility that somebody would go down and visit my wife and kids in Florida,” Donaghy told 60 Minutes. The gambling ref claims the mob raked in millions, while he only received $2,000 for each successful pick. But Donaghy didn’t reveal how much money he made before the Gambinos came on board.

Donaghy said he based his picks on a combination of inside knowledge of any bad blood existing between certain officials and players. “I do believe Allen Iverson knew this … all the players know this … certain referees treat them better than others,” Donaghy said.

The convicted gambler, Jimmy “The Sheep” Battista, who also spent time in federal prison for gambling on NBA games, recently claimed that Donaghy was the “King” of an extensive NBA ref gambling ring.

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