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You know how Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is always complaining about the officiating in the NBA? Well it turns out that, after the referees gave Dwyane Wade 97 trips to the free throw line during the six games of the 2006 NBA Finals—which the Mavericks lost to the Heat after jumping out to a 2-0 series lead—Cuban actually tried to do something about it. And by “do something about it,” I mean he hired a retired FBI agent to investigate the NBA.
But wait, it gets better! According to the story, the fifth installment of an epic five-part series on NBA officiating by John Cazano, that retired FBI agent says he actually found evidence that there was something screwy going on.
Here’s Canzano’s account:
Retired FBI agent Warren Flagg, a 20-year veteran of the bureau, said he consulted with Cuban after that playoff debacle. Flagg now runs his own New York-based investigation and security firm. He looked deep into officiating, as Flagg said, Cuban was considering a lawsuit.
“Cuban asked me what he should do,” Flagg said of the 2006 Finals. “I told him, ‘Sue and you’ll win your case,’ but he knew he’d be killing the Golden Goose.”
I’ll admit, that is a pretty intriguing revelation. And for all the NBA conspiracy theorists out there who are convinced the NBA orchestrates outcomes by giving directives to the official, this is ironclad proof of what they already believed with every fiber of their being.
Of course the reality is that, unless Flagg reveals exactly what he found out, none of this means a damn thing. But hey, it should be fun to sit back and watch everybody argue about this.
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]