Tim Donaghy is back in the spotlight in a Netflix documentary – but something’s missing

Las Vegas – By January 2007, Jimmy Batista’s NBA bets attracted the attention of world heavyweight gamblers, who tied referee Tim Donaghy to this business.

Dr. Sean Patrick Griffin wrote: “Only an idiot, he would have ignored Batista’s apparent success at betting.”

Griffin’s three-year regression to offshore betting stemmed from his curiosity about the mafia’s involvement in sports betting, caused by the FBI wiretapping of the Gambino crime family.

Donaghy was mentioned on those tapes. The headlines of the NBA betting scandal rocked. One of her officials is a dirty movie at the age of eleven. However, this represented only one node of the intertwined networks.

Griffin, a professor of criminal justice at The Citadel and former Philadelphia cop, deciphered much of that mess in his 2011 bestselling book, “Gaming the Game.”

He detailed the genesis of the scheme involving Donaghy, Batista, Tommy Martino, and classmates at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and how Batista manipulated the global betting markets.

After he hit the fan and legal proceedings continued, Batista hoped to expose Mount Donaghy of lies by testifying. However, Griffin details why Batista, the professor’s main “games” helm, chose to petition.

Griffin’s impressive work is becoming relevant again because on August 30, Netflix is ​​set to broadcast “Infinite: Operation Hardcore Chaos” about the scandal. He promotes interviews with Donaghy, Batista and Martino – not Griffin.

On Monday, he told me, those producers called him, talked for perhaps 90 minutes and Griffin provided relevant notes and potential lines of inquiry.

But the person who knows more about the case than anyone else is not on the show and won’t be watching.

“I have very low expectations about everything they produce,” Griffin said by phone from Charleston, South Carolina. “People know I have documents and files, and they constantly ask me questions they don’t like the answers to.

This drives them crazy. They just go ahead, and say whatever they want, anyway. They produce whatever they will produce, regardless of the evidence. Netflix, to me, is the next iteration of that.”


Donaghy published a book in June 2010, nine months before The Games.

Guess which one contains footnotes, source notes, and reference facts from several officials, resources and thorough due diligence conducted by a forensic expert with a PhD. In the administration of justice of Pennsylvania?

Griffin became acutely and frequently aware that the former verdict was so full of fabrication and imagination that it might descend Donaghy into the deceptive shadows of his imagination.

“Don’t forget that I got involved in this without realizing that Donaghy’s story is [b.s.]Griffin, 52, said. “I was just looking for it. I’m one of the idiots who bought Donaghy’s book.”

“As soon as I realized that I would be dealing with those people who work abroad who might also be your next-door neighbors, I was overwhelmed by the whole sociology.”

Griffin is amazed at how the media, especially sports broadcasters, have provided Donaghy with a platform for his sensational feed.

“It’s ridiculous. He gives the media a press packet, and they read him questions from it, like a PR campaign,” Griffin said. “Nobody realizes it’s a scam. I’ll never understand that.”

Batista, who called Donaghy a “pathological liar” with endless greed, told Griffin, “I knew Timmy’s asking for money far outweighed his ability to get it. It was [expletive] shrewdness and honesty everyone owes him the world.”

But Batista refused to yell at Donaghy.

“The feds wanted to talk to me and oppose him, but I didn’t,” Batista told Griffin. “It would have helped me and would have hurt Timmy completely, [but] I wasn’t a mouse.”

almost soulless

Had Batista gone to trial, Donaghy’s character would have come under intense scrutiny.

In high school, while on a trip to the Jersey Shore, Donaghy got drunk and rummaged through neighbors’ homes, stealing things. Batista described him as a “weird and mean guy.”

Batista said Donaghy and Martino were close in high school because they liked to smoke pot. When Donaghy became a reference in the NBA, it continued, sometimes with prostitutes.

Griffin documented how Donaghy admitted entering Villanova, in part, by having someone take his SAT test for him. Martino said Donaghy cheated in tests as well at Villanova.

Dusting with neighbors (one who described Donaghy as a “flaming madman”), an assault on a mail carrier and a West Chester, Pennsylvania, sheriff referring to Donaghy’s “highly aggressive character” were also introduced.

Donaghy once dropped a dead, infested bird into the bag of fellow golfer John Minutella. “No one wants to play golf with him,” Minutella said. “I can’t say one nice thing about him. I think this guy was almost soulless.”

NBA Commissioner David Stern banned Donaghy from the second round of the 2005 playoffs due to the “enormous volume” (Stern’s words) of such reports. Another incident, Stern Donaghy is sacked.

I heard Batista Donaghy make racist comments in the NBA. Scandalous engineer Batista was addicted to various pills and cocaine, but he was a shooter, reams of evidence and others confirmed his most accurate details.

He documented Donaghy’s win rate of 78% and paid him $201,000 for his “tips,” just a cog in the claws of Batista, who made it to Asia, Europe and Vegas.

“Only money, only work.” Batista said to Griffin. “It’s not as if I laughed at his calls if they helped us, or was angry at his calls if they offended us.

“The Timmy Elvis Donaghy thing was only a small part of everything I was doing, and I didn’t want anyone to find out. So I didn’t have time to focus on it, let alone enjoy it.”

Griffin peeled off the onion peel.

He said, “I don’t want to say the NBA scandal was easy, but as soon as I had access to employees in US attorneys’ offices and FBI agents, they were not only confirming what Batista said they were providing more details.”


Batista and Martino were tight, and traveled to the Marriott Hotel at Philadelphia International Airport for an exploratory meeting with Donaghy on December 12, 2006.

Donaghy didn’t like betting through former Saint Joseph’s Jack Conconon, but he didn’t know that Batista had been tracking his NBA bets with Concannon since 2003, when Batista was in Curacao.

That’s when Batista started calling Donaghy “Elvis,” the king of NBA game prediction — including his own, Batista told Griffin. Donaghy was betting on all other sports.

Donaghy had Martino arrange the Marriott appointment. This was Donaghy’s thirteenth season in the NBA. He had an unhappy marriage, four daughters, and a salary of $260,000.

“I knew what that would mean, if I had an NBA referee on my side,” Batista told Griffin.

To avoid winning the football selections, Donaghy sent Batista a Lakers jersey signed by Kobe Bryant. At the Marriott, Batista thanked Donaghy for the gift.

When they left, Batista asked Donaghy who he liked the next night, when the 76ers were hosting the Celtics in a game that Donaghy would officiate. Donaghy said Boston would “kill” the Sixers.

The Celtics won by 1.5 points. Just before receiving the information, Batista bet Boston with $60,000, and the streak rose to 3.5 points. The Celtics won 101-81.

The following night, the trio met at Martineau’s house to set terms. Batista rolled $7,000 in an elastic band — two for a Celtics tip, five as a signature bonus — on the edge of Martino’s sofa for Donaghy.

“For our new partnership.” Batista told Donaghy.

Donaghy wrote in his book: “I knew I was screwed up and in a tight position . . . but my gambling instincts were in control, and I was pervertedly excited.”

On occasion, Batista told Griffin, Donaghy would call Martino from the NBA locker room to find out how widespread the game he was about to begin was.

Batista envisioned the arrangement lasting for 20 years. Twenty months later, the three avoided trials and awaited sentencing, by U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley-Amon, in Brooklyn.

Donaghy faced 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

“Tim Donaghy was inadvertently putting himself in harm’s way,” Griffin wrote. “It’s possible that Tim didn’t know how influential Jimmy was, or how Batista’s words and actions now affected bookies and bookies all over the world.”


Griffin actually published a bestseller in 2005 with “Black Brothers, Inc.” About the violent rise and fall of the Philadelphia black mafia.

So when “Gaming” debuted at number two on Nielsen’s list in mid-September 2011, he knew something had happened when his royal checks were cheap. Barricaded Books, his publisher, has had problems.

“Embarrassed,” Griffin said. “silly.”

Griffin commissioned the production of this book. A few years ago, he bought the rights to his original digital files. He had artwork. He publishes it independently.

Griffin was very persistent. He works seven days a week. He’s been working on “something big,” as Tom Petty sang, for 10 years, and publishing it in the near future will be a bombshell.

“Gaming the Game” is crucial and vital to understanding the NBA scandal and how sports betting money is moving around the world.

Martino also wrote a book in 2019. “While it’s also nonexistent, nothing can compare to Donaghy’s book” to comic relief, said Griffin.

The FBI investigated the reference’s outrageous allegations of the involvement of other NBA officials, and the results were negative. “It would have been great for me, great for sales, just for selfish reasons,” Griffin said. “[But] Nothing there. ”

Griffin never spoke to Donaghy. Griffin said that he appeared twice in a television studio to participate in documentaries in which Donaghy was supposed to appear.

Both times, Donaghy did not appear.

“I’m not naive,” said Griffin. “I can imagine the TV producers were looking for an on-air shuffle. I accepted because I’m an academic. We argue for a living. But it’s not really a discussion. That’s what bothers me.”

“This is not a story he told, he told it.”

Griffin said Donaghy is a distraction.

“I just focus on the evidence, his betting records, and any number of things I can identify, the silly things he says in his book, like, ‘I agree with everything Judge Amon said. ”

“Really? She said there was no blackmail, no conspiracy and You are They were more guilty than others. Do you agree with all of that? this is not [b.s.] A story you’ve been telling for the past ten years.”

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