July 20, 2007

Just What the NBA Needs

Back in 2004, when that whole Ron Artest vs. Detroit rumble happened in Auburn Hills, certain self-rightous sports writers (i.e., Mike Lupica) likened the incident to "David Stern's Black Sox scandal." Bullshit, Slate's Ben Mathis-Lilley said at the time, "this was his Disco Demolition Night."

Now, alas, the NBA now has a Black Sox Scandal after all. The FBI is investigating allegations that an NBA referee bet on games, including those in which he was the ref, and put himself in position to affect the outcome. The ref was named as Tim Donaghy by ESPN.

And you thought the Vick and Pacman sagas were embarrassing to football? At least they happened off the field...

Posted by Stephen Silver at July 20, 2007 03:48 PM
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