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Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy arrested after allegedly threatening a man with a hammer

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee who served 15 months in prison in 2008 and 2009 for betting on the games he worked and for providing inside information about pro basketball games to bookmakers. But now he’s back in the news, specifically the kind delivered by TMZ:

According to TMZ, Donaghy was arrested for aggravated assault in Florida for allegedly threatening a man with a hammer. The story goes something like this: Donaghy, 50, found out his daughter was doing drugs with a friend at a nearby home, and he went there with the hammer. While he was arguing with his daughter, the father of her friend confronted him. Donaghy “brandished the hammer and threatened to use it, if he came any closer,” TMZ reports.

Donaghy’s attorney told TMZ that he only had the hammer for protection and simply was trying to be a good father.

Donaghy was an NBA referee from 1994 to 2007, resigning after an FBI investigation found that he bet on games he officiated and made calls that affected the point spread. Since his release from prison, he has written a book and made claims that the NBA executives have instructed officials to make calls that would extend playoff series featuring popular teams.

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