As some one who absolutely hates David Stern, this news couldn't possibly make me any happier. It appears that there was at least one referee that worked in conjunction with Donaghy to bet on and throw games.
And why do I enjoy this? Because we all knew David Stern was lying like a politician when he said after the Donaghy scandal broke that Donaghy was simply a "rogue, isolated criminal."
Well, he wasn't.
Records show Donaghy placed 134 calls to referee Scott Foster — more than the 126 calls Donaghy made to his bookie — between October 2006 and April 2007, the period during which he's confessed to either betting on games or passing on game information to gamblers.
And here's the really bad news for Stern.
The majority of the phone calls lasted no more than two minutes and occurred prior to and after games Donaghy officiated and on which he admits wagering.You know what kind of calls last no more than two minutes before and after sporting events? Ones like this.
Tim: Hey Scott.Yep, that's pretty much exactly how they go. Even more damning is that Donaghy phoned no ref more than he did Foster. During this time period, the most calls Donaghy made to any other referee was 13.
Scott: Hey Tim.
Tim: Put your money on the Lakers tonight.
Scott: Will do. By the way, it was hilarious last night when you gave Chris Webber a T for staring at you.
Tim: I know, what a loser.
Now you might say, well, they're refs, naturally if they work together they should be talking with each other. Sure, but guess what, Donaghy and Foster never reffed a single game together over that time period, thus making their communication extremely sketchy. Fox News even has the exact times of Donaghy's calls to Foster, and they're not good. This whole thing stinks to high heaven, in case you couldn't tell.
Naturally the NBA denies that Foster had any connection to Donaghy's gambling. Yeah, whatever. All I know is Donaghy's claims are clearly gaining traction.
And as a result, I'm proud to put full scale asterisks on at least two NBA seasons as well. The 2007 NBA "Champion" Spurs can suck a fat asterisk in my book, and so can the 2002 Lakers. Donaghy reffed in the controversial Suns/Spurs series, and he said the 2002 Western Conference Finals Game 6 was fixed as well.
Hey, I believe him. Especially after this Foster investigation.
As for Stern, I hope this just keeps blowing up and making him look like the fool he is.
Disgraced NBA Referee's Phone Calls to Second Ref Raise Questions [Fox News]