The biggest betting and gambling scandal in NBA history

Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul is a sports documentary, released on Netflix on August 30. It is directed by David Terry Fine and revolves around former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who, after an FBI investigation, was found guilty of conspiring to fix NBA games and was at the center of a major gambling scandal. in 2007.

The documentary lasts approximately 1 hour and 17 minutes and is executive produced by Chapman & Maclain Way. Uncounted Volume 2 is a four-week documentary series event that once again brings new eyes to epic stories from the wide world of sports on Netflix. Movies are released weekly, and each movie begins at a pivotal moment and then delves into what happened beyond the headlines, as told by those who lived through it.

Netflix’s synopsis for the documentary film reads:

Years after serving time for betting on games he officiated, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy relives the scandal that rocked the league.

-Unsaid: Operation Flagrant Foul review contains some spoilers-

In the summer of 2007, news broke that an NBA referee was under investigation for gambling on his own games, sparking a media storm and causing a crisis for the NBA, the FBI and sports fans. That referee was Tim Donaghy and the story didn’t just begin and end with him, but he made his way from small suburban Philadelphia bookmakers to lining the pockets of notorious New York crime families and the gambling underworld. sports around the world.

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For the first time, the three co-conspirators discuss their involvement and, unsurprisingly, their stories do not match. The documentary features revealing interviews with Tim Donaghy, Tommy Martino, Jimmy ‘The Sheep’ Battista, FBI Agent Phil Scala, Donaghy’s attorney John Lauro, Donaghy’s ex-wife Kim Strupp Donaghy, and more.

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The film opens with an introduction to the man who was at the center of it all, Tim Donaghy. He tells his story of growing up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and tells about his father, Gerry Donaghy, who was an umpire at the highest levels of NCAA men’s basketball for a long time, and his inspiration. to enter the game.

Still from Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul

His career was going well, he met his wife on a plane ride and even made it to the NBA after some difficulties. He had everything he could ask for, but he made some decisions that destroyed his life, his family and, of course, his career. We got to hear the real accounts of how it all started from the people who were involved in it.

Jimmy Battista even educates us on the game terms, what they used and what they mean. A nickel means $500, a dime is $1000, a stick is $100,000 and if you’re trading big numbers, like he did, then you should definitely know about balloons equaling a a million dollars. They started small, for fun, but when they saw how much money they could make, greed took over.

Throughout the film, Donaghy maintains that he never fixed his matches, he just guessed at his choice, based on inside information and knowledge he had and passed on all the information. His partners called him Elvis because he was the king. And from the information that the two partners got from him, they used it to earn money and even passed it on to the mafia.

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Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul Review: The Biggest Betting and Gambling Scandal in NBA History

It also makes you question the authenticity of the NBA and the people who run the organization. Many fingers are pointed at David Stern, who was the commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2014. Donaghy said referees worked according to what superiors told them to do and that meant favoring star players in games often.

Summing Up: Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul

The documentary is a sample of the blame game that the trapped people try to play against each other. But it is safe to say that the gambling case involved a much larger group of people than those who were found guilty. Is it possible that the NBA is involved and aware of all this? Well, there’s a good chance they could be, and they did damage control before things got out of hand.

Title Operation Flagrant Foul is the real name that the FBI had given to the case in which Tim Donaghy was to work as an undercover agent for them and obtain solid evidence that could persecute all the people involved. But unfortunately, I think the FBI got the low end of a big chain that didn’t get caught and went about their business without any repercussions.

Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul is currently streaming on Netflix.

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