Donaghy Pleads Guilty in NBA Betting Scandal

Former referee says he was paid for picking winners correctly
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2007 2:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy admitted to betting on games he officiated and pleaded guilty today to two gambling-related felony counts. Donaghy, who turned himself in, told a Brooklyn judge he divulged game information and his picks on NBA games to gambling associates; he was paid for correctly choosing winning teams.

Donaghy, who resigned in July after 13 NBA seasons, did not say which games he bet on and how much money was wagered. Two other men, one a high-school classmate of Donaghy's and convicted bookmaker, were also set to be arraigned; Donaghy's lawyer would not say if the ex-ref was cooperating with federal investigators.