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Tag: Tim Donaghy

Book Publisher Claims Convicted ex-NBA Ref Invoked Name of Gambino Crime Family in Tiff Over Money

bookcoverfrontBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Florida book publisher for convicted ex-NBA ref Tim Donaghy claims the ref has threatened to hurt somebody if he doesn’t get money for his book, and has even invoked the name of the Gambino crime family to show he’s serious, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The tiff came to light this week when his book publisher VTi-Media of Florida severed ties with Donaghy “due to safety concerns”, the paper reported. In December, the firm published his popular book “Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA.”

“We’ve had to lock our office doors and get escorted to our cars,” Shawna Vercher, chief executive of VTi told the Daily News.

Vercher told the Daily News that Donaghy had been threatening company employees and book vendors and demanding money for the book.

“One thing he said in particular is that, ‘You know I have associates in the Gambino crime family and they are active in this part of the state,’ ” Vercher told the Daily news. “This stuff has gotten really ugly, really quickly.”

Donaghy, who served a little over a year in federal prison on wire-fraud and gambling charges for betting on NBA games, called the allegations nonsense and said he only wanted to know how many books had been sold and where the doe is, the Daily News reported.

“Absolutely not, there’s nothing to that at all,” he said of the allegations. “It came down to the fact that I asked for the accounting, which I’m allowed to do per my contract with them, and they didn’t provide me with the accounting . . . It just went downhill quick, and all I wanted to know was how much money was in the bank and to see the statements.”

Vercher told the paper that the money is in a holding account, and the company will tally profits by July — the deadline vendors have to  return unsold books.

She added: “We have to send [the profits] to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and not him directly.”

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U.S. Marshals Arrest Disgraced ex-NBA Ref Tim Donaghy After He Violates Halfway House Rules

Tim Donaghy/nbc sports
Tim Donaghy/nbc sports

Ex-Ref Tim Donaghy, who disgraced the NBA in a betting scandal, thought it would be ok to go to a health club instead of work. The U.S. Marshals thought differently.

By WILLIAM BENDER
Philadelphia Daily News

Tim Donaghy, the ex-NBA referee who served time in a federal prison camp for betting on basketball games, got called for a traveling violation Monday – and it cost him a trip to the county prison.

The Delaware County native, who has been living at a Tampa, Fla., halfway house since he was released from the prison camp in mid-June, thought it was perfectly OK to visit a local health club Friday, according to his lawyer.

The feds thought otherwise, and decided Monday morning to toss him into the Orient Road Jail for the unauthorized trip.

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Convicted Ex-NBA Ref Tim Donaghy Says He Was Beaten By Inmate With Mob Ties

In the old days, referee Tim Donaghy stood up to some of the toughest guys in the NBA, and all he had was a whistle and a striped shirt that gave him plenty muscle. But in prison, the only whistle Donaghy may be hearing is from another inmate interested in him.

Tim Donaghy/nbc sports

Tim Donaghy/nbc sports

By Frank Fitzpatrick
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

Tim Donaghy, the ex-NBA referee serving 15 months for his part in a betting scheme, has told a consultant he hired that he was beaten in prison by an inmate with connections to the New York mob.

Next week, Donaghy, whose sentence at the federal prison camp in Pensacola, Fla., is set to expire in October, will enter a halfway house in Tampa, Fla., a process aimed at easing his post-release transition.

Yesterday’s news came not from federal prison officials but via a press release from Executive Prison Consultants, a company that serves as an advocate for federal prisoners.

According to that release, Donaghy was injured in a November assault by a fellow inmate “claiming ties to the New York mob.” That prisoner beat Donaghy with a heavy object, causing severe knee and leg injuries that will require surgery.

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