BOSTON -- A source tells 7Sports that the gambler at the center of the 2008 NBA betting scandal says 13 referees were involved.
Jimmy "The Sheep" Battista pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transmit
wagering information in connection with disgraced NBA official Tim
Donaghy and served 15 months in federal prison.
The source also tells 7Sports that Battista claims he has the phone records to prove his contact with these 13 referees.
If this pans out the reffing scandal may break like the steroids one in baseball. More and more info coming out in a negative way for the league. I'm interested to see how the league responds to this.
Personally, I never believed in refs fixing games, so this would be extremely disappointing to me if it turns out to be true.
As a side note, it's a day later, and the story hasn't been picked up by any major news outlet. It makes me wonder if a small network affiliate is out headline grabbing without much legit information.