The Tim Donaghy scandal has gotten a lot of publicity due to Donaghy's recent statement. Yesterday, Donaghy's attorney filed a court document that alleged the NBA had told two referees to fix Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Semifinals in favor of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers' opponent, the Sacramento Kings, were heavily favored at the beginning of the series and they were expected to win Game 6. Many calls went the Lakers way, and the Lakers attempted 27 free throws in that crucial 4th quarter. The Kings attempted only 9 free throws in that game, and believed that they were wronged.
Many believed the game was suspicious, and that something was fishy. The Lakers went on to win that series, and eventually the 2002 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets.
But, my question is, why should we believe Donaghy's statement? Can anyone give me a VALID reason? Isn't this the same guy who gambled on games, including ones that he HIMSELF refereed? Yes, it is, so I find absolutely NO reason to believe this guy. If he did something wrong to make the NBA look bad, why wouldn't he do it again?
What he did was so tainting to the league's image, and it in turn put him into legal trouble. A LOT of legal trouble.
Why wouldn't he try and get the "last laugh" before his sentencing? In fact, this could make the NBA look bad while he was the one who made the poor choice to gamble on games.
Granted I may be a little biased on this subject, but is there really a reason to believe this cheat? No.