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Former NBA Referee Tim Donaghy Faces Assault Charges after Alleged Threat with Hammer

NBA’s ex-referee, Tim Donaghy, aged 50, was charged with aggravated assault and was arrested on Tuesday in Manatee County after he allegedly threatened a man using a hammer. The disgraced former referee has already spent 13 months in federal prison prior to that arrest for betting on the NBA games that he officiated.

Based on the records in the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, Donaghy was looking for his 19-year-old daughter on Monday night when he appeared at a home in Bradenton, Florida. Donaghy said that he believed that his daughter was doing drugs with a friend in that house.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the former referee and his daughter got into an argument in the street across that house. When the owner, who was also the father of her daughter’s friend went out of his home to check what was happening, Donaghy allegedly swung the hammer and threatened to hit the man with it if he came any closer.

Donaghy was arrested, and he appeared in court in Tuesday. His arraignment was scheduled in January 19, and he was released on $5,000 bond. According to Donaghy’s attorney, the coach did not threaten or assault anyone, and he was just making efforts to be a good father.

In 2008, Donaghy admitted that he accepted thousands of dollars from a professional gambler in exchange for tips on the games that he officiated. He was found guilty to transmitting betting information and to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud. Donaghy later said that the bets that he made on NBA games were just based on what he knew about the biases of the officials. He also emphasized that this did not compromise his officiating.

Since Donaghy was released from prison, he has made claims that officials were given instructions by NBA executives to make calls that would stretch out playoff series that feature popular teams.