According to Tim Donaghy, who is a total douche and is facing a possible 25 years in prison for altering the outcome of games he officiated, is now saying that the infamous game 6 of the western conference finals in which the Los Angeles Lakers narrowly beat the upstart Sacramento Kings due in no small part to some of the worst officiating evar seen by anyone EVAR was in fact a screw job planned by the referees officiating that game.
According to documents submitted by Donaghy’s lawyers:
“Referees A, F and G were officiating a playoff series between Teams 5 and 6 in May of 2002. It was the sixth game of a seven-game series, and a Team 5 victory that night would have ended the series. However, Tim learned from Referee A that Referees A and F wanted to extend the series to seven games. Tim knew referees A and F to be ‘company men,’ always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA’s interest to add another game to the series. Referees A and F heavily favored Team 6. Personal fouls [resulting in obviously injured players] were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees. Conversely, the referees called made-up fouls on Team 5 in order to give additional free throw opportunities for Team 6. Their foul-calling also led to the ejection of two Team 5 players. The referees’ favoring of Team 6 led to that team’s victory that night, and Team 6 came back from behind to win that series.
I’m not a Kings fan or anything, but when I first read this my reaction was the same as former Kings player (and one of the players that fouled out during that game) Scott Pollard – “I KNEW IT!” That one call when Mike Bibby got elbowed in the grill and got whistled for the foul was too unreal to believe that everything was on the up and up.
Granted, Donaghy would try to say anything to get his ass out of jail sooner, and he is going out of his way to try and rat out every single person he can in exchange for leniency, but this is the one thing that he has said during his arrest that I believe.
But he’s still a waste of skin.
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