Convicted Gambler Jimmy ‘The Sheep’ Says 13 NBA Refs on the Take

November 25, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Disgraced NBA official Tim Donaghy, convicted of betting on games with a notorious gambler, may not be a “rogue, isolated criminal,” after all. The convicted gambler, Jimmy “The Sheep” Battista, fresh out of prison and poised to pen a “tell all book,” claims that 13 NBA referees were involved in the betting scandal that broke last year.

According to 7Sports in Boston, a source is claiming that Donaghy was the “King” of the NBA ref gambling ring, which included a “Big-5” of dependable referees. The source says Tim Donaghy delivered a winning bet 78 percent of the time when he officiated.

Donaghy served 15 months in federal prison for providing inside tips on NBA games to a professional gambler in exchange for money.

The unnamed source told 7Sports that the illegal gambling ring began on December 12, 2006:

“The 7Sports source says that on December 12, 2006, the night before the Celtics played the Philadelphia 76ers, Battista says he met with Donaghy and a mutual high school friend. On that night, the gambler claims they made a deal which according to Battista involved Donaghy supplying information including injury reports and referee assignments and Battista making the bets. The source says that according to Battista, the first game the two men bet on together was the Celtics-76ers game the following night — a game Donaghy officiated and one the Celtics covered with ease. The Celtics were 1 1/2 point favorites, but with 10 minutes to play in the third quarter, the score was tied. The Celtics would eventually go on to win by 20 points.”

Apparently, Jimmy “The Sheep” Battista has phone records to prove his contacts with the 13 NBA officials. If true, his allegations would certainly reopen betting allegations in the NBA. NBA commissioner David Stern has not responded to the new claims of Battista.

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