Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy Finds It Suspicious That Draymond Green Was Suspended For Game 5

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Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy would know all about suspicious things happening on the court and off the court.  After all, the man was convicted of gambling after taking thousands of dollars from a professional gambler in exchange for inside tips on games, including ones he refereed.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Donaghy stated he believes that Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension in the NBA Finals was brought on in order to extend the series between the Warriors and Cavaliers.

“I think when you look at the overt acts that Green has committed before, they were definitely more severe than this act, and yet he’s going to end up with a flagrant foul and suspension because of it,” Donaghy said. “In the past, I believe it was disregarded because [the Warriors] were down in the series. Here, they’re up in the series, so I think it’s a situation where, with that, it gives Cleveland a better chance of prolonging the series.”

Donaghy went on to explain that refs were instructed to favor teams who were down in a playoff series to prolong a series, even back when he was officiating.

“Definitely indirectly with the tape sessions that took place and how they would show you plays that they wanted you to concentrate on in the game that,” Donaghy said. “It was always a situation where the team down in the series was going to benefit from those calls.”

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