Friday June 20, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA wants disgraced referee Tim Donaghy to pay the league 1.4 million dollars, including his wages for games on which he bet or provided inside tips to gamblers.
The written demand was filed Thursday in federal court. The NBA
is asking a judge to force Donaghy to pay the sum as restitution in
his gambling case. The Donaghy scandal "has harmed the NBA and caused it to spend vast sums to undo that harm," league lawyers wrote.
In an earlier filing, defense attorney John Lauro accused the
NBA of trying to extract the money to punish Donaghy for
embarrassing the league with allegations of widespread misconduct
by executives and employees. Those included claims that referees
rigged games by making bad calls. The league has denied the
accusations. Donaghy faces up to 33 months in prison at sentencing, set for July 14.