Donaghy to Turn Himself In

Ex-NBA ref will surrender to feds in big-league gambling investigation
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2007 6:40 AM CDT
Donaghy to Turn Himself In
** FILE *8 Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady (1) covers his face while talking with official Tim Donaghy, left, after a foul call during the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in this Jan. 15, 2005 file photo, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)   (Associated Press)

The former NBA referee accused of betting on league games will turn himself in to federal authorities, but not until later this week, USA Today reports. The FBI says Tim Donaghy originally came under suspicion during organized-crime investigations, and officials speculate that the 13-year veteran likely wagered on games, including those he worked, to cover gambling debts.

Neither Donaghy nor his representatives have commented; commissioner David Stern is expected to hold a press conference today. Meanwhile, Donaghy reportedly received a number of threatening phone calls, and police have beefed up security around his Florida home. "We're treating his as harassment," a local officer said yesterday. "He might have some enemies out there." (More Tim Donaghy stories.)

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