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FBI probe: Did '80s Knicks fix games?

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08:39 AM ET 09.15 | Coked-up Knicks players fixed games as a favor to their drug dealer -- who bet big bucks against the anemic New York squad, FBI informants claimed during the 1981-82 season. The feds probed whether three Knicks, reportedly "heavy users of cocaine," and their supplier, "one of the largest dealers on the East Coast," shaved points, according to FBI documents cited in Brian Tuohy's book, "Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI." The dealer was a degenerate gambler who usually bet $300 a game, informants told investigators, but in January 1982 he began laying $10,000 wagers on Knicks' opponents -- and winning them. By March 25, the coke dealer had won six of his seven five-figure bets against the Knicks -- while continuing to make his normal $300 wagers on other NBA games. "Over ... the last two months, all three [players] have given ... tips on when to bet the Knicks to lose. This has occurred seven times and six of the tips were good," according to FBI files citing two unnamed "sources."

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September 15, 2013  09:11 AM ET

when this is done, can they start doing something about the 2002 lakers-kings series? not entirely a kings fan, but i feel so sorry for the kings that series.

September 15, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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1982, seriously? Thanks for being on top of things in a timely manner, FBI.

ON the money ... nowadays the suspected fixer is James Dolan. He's done a much better job at arranging losses.

September 15, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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when this is done, can they start doing something about the 2002 lakers-kings series? not entirely a kings fan, but i feel so sorry for the kings that series.

I personally feel like the Notre Dame-USC game of 1968 was fixed (the fix carried out by the PAC-whatever refs at the time. That would have been one more NC for us Domers to wax nostalgically about.

September 15, 2013  09:51 AM ET

5500 (dunk)!

September 15, 2013  11:01 AM ET

Good piece of gossip to sell a book, but until you mention names then why would I want to read this book. Is it possible, sure. Did it actually happen, only the drug dealer and the so-called players involved know for sure. But because you have 3 out of 12 players throwing a game that does mean that you will achieve the intended goal. Until I hear about someone on those teams getting indicted it just book-sell.

September 15, 2013  11:11 AM ET

It Was The Showtime Era Anyways, Bros.

September 15, 2013  11:35 AM ET
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when this is done, can they start doing something about the 2002 lakers-kings series? not entirely a kings fan, but i feel so sorry for the kings that series.

You can add the dumb fight last night and the Heat championship in 2006.

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September 15, 2013  02:29 PM ET
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What was wrong about the fight? The horrible judging all night?

One judge called it even. How can you call it even when Maywesther was clearly ahead. The judge was not blind. She clearly effed up the judging in purpose just like what she did w/ Bradley decision. I don't know why boxing continues to allow these kinds of black eye to their sport?

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September 15, 2013  03:05 PM ET
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5500 (dunk)!

That's the spirit!

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September 15, 2013  06:00 PM ET

does it surprise anyone that the Knicks were a bunch of coke head/game fixing scum bags?

dissolve the team

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September 15, 2013  06:29 PM ET

Taking a break from spying on citizens?

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September 16, 2013  01:20 PM ET
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She has a history of doing that. Her and Adelaide Bird another blind female boxing judge. They all need to get back in the kitchen and stop messing around with men's sports.-- Check out some other times CJ Ross screwed up the judging.2012, June 9 - Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight Title. Ross, along with Duane Ford and Jerry Roth, received heavy criticism for their scoring, as many thought Pacquiao cruised. Scores: Duane Ford 113-115, C.J. Ross 113-115, Jerry Roth 115-113.2011, Nov. 12 - Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Luis Cruz for the WBC Silver and WBO Latino Super Featherweight Titles - Ross was the only judge who did not score the bout heavily in favor of Burgos, instead seeing it as a draw. Scores: Duane Ford 98-92, C.J. Ross 95-95, Richard Ocasio 97-93.2011, Aug. 13 - Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares (1st meeting) for the WBC Silver and IBF Bantamweight Titles. Ross was the only judge not scoring Mares as the winner, instead seeing that bout as a draw. Scores: Adalaide Byrd 111-115, C.J. Ross 113-113, Oren Shellenberger 111-115.2011, July 23 - Josiah Judah vs. Rafael Jastrzebski - Ross was the only judge not scoring in favor of Judah. She instead had the bout a draw. Scores: Richard Ocasio 59-55, Jerry Roth 58-56, C.J. Ross 57-57.2011, May 7 - Rodel Mayol vs. Javier Gallo - Ross was the only judge not scoring the bout handily in favor of Mayol, insteading seeing it as a draw. Scores: Jerry Roth 98-92, Lisa Giampa 98-92, C.J. Ross 95-95.2009, July 3 - Rodrigo Romero vs. David Springer (1st meeting) - Ross was the only judge to score the bout in favor of Springer. Scores: Glenn Trowbridge 39-37, Richard Ocasio 39-37, C.J. Ross 37-39.2008, Feb. 7 - Kendall Holt vs. Ben Tackie - Ross was the only judge who did not score the bout handily in favor of Holt, instead scoring the bout as a draw. Scores: Richard Houck 98-92, Paul Smith 98-92, C.J. Ross 95-95.2007, July 28 - Don Juan Futrell vs. Hector Camacho Jr. - Ross was the only judge not to score the bout in favor of Futrell. Scores: Robert Hoyle 76-75, Dave Moretti 76-75, C.J. Ross 75-76.2005, June 10 - Gerardo Cesar Prieto vs. Lamar Horne - Ross was the only judge who did not score the bout in favor of Prieto. Scores: Bill Graham 57-56, Al Lefkowitz 57-56, C.J. Ross 56-57.2002, July 13 - Kevin Kelley vs. Humberto Soto for the NABA Super Featherweight Title. Ross was the only judge not scoring the bout in favor of Kelley, instead having it as a draw. Scores: Carol Castellano 116-112, Paul Smith 115-113, C.J. Ross 114-114.

I won't be surprise if she is still judging. Boxing is dumb!

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