We usually take front page New York Post stories with a grain of salt — unless they involve the she-male muscular type — but today's is a potentially huge one: An as-yet unnamed NBA ref may have been fixing games for the mob. Yeah. We'd call that a big story.
The FBI is investigating an NBA referee who allegedly was betting on basketball games - including ones he was officiating during the past two seasons - as part of an organized-crime probe in the Big Apple
The investigation, which began more than a year ago, is zeroing in on blockbuster allegations that the referee was making calls that affected the point spread to guarantee that he - and the hoods who had their hooks in him - cashed in on large bets.
You can always play the fun guessing game — Violet Palmer! Totally! — but The Feed, just for fun, digs up Covers' list of referee spread statistics. One name does seem to be sticking out ... but that's no proof of nothin'. You might be hearing a bit more about this in the next few weeks, as David Stern sits alone in his office, flicking his lights on ... and off ... and on ... and off.
Looks Like The NBA Picked The Wrong Week To Stop Sniffing Glue [The Feed]
Referee Profiles [Covers]
(UPDATE: The ref in question seems to be Tim Donaghy.)