Tuesday, July 24, 2007

CNN Headline Prime on Ref Scandal

CNN Headline Prime had a look at the NBA's referee scandal, involving 40 year old referee Tim Donaghy, who officiated 772 regular season games in 13 seasons with the NBA. They mentioned that Donaghy has alleged links to the Gambino Crime Family and also reported possible threats against his life to the police recently. The police staked out his home for 2 days to deal with the suspicious phone calls. It was also posed that Donaghy could implicate other officials in the betting scandal.

They presented some interesting commentary on CNN Headline Prime (on CNN Headline News), with anchor/host Glen Beck saying he is surprised that Donaghy didn't go to the FBI the minute the mob became involved. Beck said its alleged that Donaghy became several thousand dollars in debt to his bookie, so the bookie suggested he shave points off some games to make up for it. Beck also said he's surprised Donaghy hasn't "disappeared" yet, by way of the good guys, suggesting a witness protection sort of deal.

David Stern is scheduled to hold a press conference regarding this situation at 11AM EST which will be covered live on ESPN.

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