Maybe Tim Duncan Was Part of the Sting Operation?

Oooooooooooooh goodness. NBA refs?The mafia? The Feds? We need a movie, like… now.

July 20, 2007 — THE FBI is investigating an NBA referee who allegedly was betting on basketball games – including ones he was officiating during the past two seasons – as part of an organized-crime probe in the Big Apple, The Post has learned.

Federal agents are set to arrest the referee and a cadre of mobsters and their associates who lined their pockets, sources said.

“These are dangerous people [the referee] was involved with,” a source said.

The sources indicated the referee apparently had a gambling problem, slipped into debt and fell prey to mob thugs.

“That’s how he got himself into this predicament” by wagering with mob-connected bookies, one source said.

Yo, this can be tainted—and all those non-NBA folks out there are now armed with even more ammo to hate on the league… but dude, c’est cool! Okay, well, affecting the integrity of the game isn’t as cool, but I don’t care, something like this makes me believe that dark conspiracies around smoky bar tables full of mobsters and guns can still happen!

So WHO IS IT?? We all know Joey Crawford is a loose nut, with that Timmy D thing a while back that got him suspended, but I’m not sure UPDATE: it’s Donaghy (Do-nugh-gee? ack, he even has horrible name to pronounce to go along shotty job-integrity)

Here are your handicaps (irony isn’t lost that we’re fake-gambling on a gambling issue! hee!):

NBA in a ‘fix’ [NY Post]
crazy related: Bob Delaney Is Gangsta (ref Delaney used to be undercover fed!) [The Hype Guy]
Referees profile pics [ProBasketballRefs]

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