For years, I've felt like the NBA refs were the sixth, seventh and eighth men on the court--especially at the end of quarters and games. So egregious have been some calls, they're seared into my memory. It is a big reason I've found professional basketball ridiculous since the post-Magic-Bird era. I won't go down that rant road right now.
My brother sent me this story which just confirms my suspicions. Is the NBA sure there's only one rogue ref?
July 20, 2007 -- 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 Post has learned.One more reason to avoid the NBA.
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.
Federal agents are set to arrest the referee and a cadre of mobsters and their associates who lined their pockets, sources said.
"These are dangerous people [the referee] was involved with," a source said.
One source close to the probe counted the number of games on which the ref and his wiseguy buddies scored windfalls in the "double digits."