Disgraced Ref Breaks Silence, Says He's Sorry

Donaghy retreats to Fla. home to await sentencing, possible other charges
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2007 8:36 AM CDT
Disgraced Ref Breaks Silence, Says He's Sorry
Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, foreground, and his lawyer, John Lauro, right, appear before judge Carol Amon in Brooklyn Federal Court in New York Wednesday Aug. 15, 2007, in this artists rendering. U.S. attorney's are Tom Siegel, far left, and Jeffrey Goldberg, second from left. Donaghy pleaded guilty...   (Associated Press)

Tim Donaghy spoke directly to the press yesterday for the first time since the scandal surrounding the ex-NBA ref broke, but with his sentence pending and reports of possible charges in other jurisdictions swirling, he wasn't able to say much. "I'm very sorry about what happened," the confessed felon told the Daily News.

"This is an ongoing case," he said at his home in Bradenton, Fla. "I can't say anything else." Meanwhile, Maricopa County prosecutors are weighing charges against him over the outcome of two Phoenix Suns playoff games, the Arizona Republic reports, and other refs may be disciplined but not criminally charged, according to the New York Times. (More Tim Donaghy stories.)

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