Donaghy claims he felt as though the NBA often had a clear preference in games that he officiated.
“I’ve been in the situation before, I’ve been in these meetings, I’ve been in these sessions,” Donaghy said. “I’ve walked out of them with my crew and kind of laughed thinking to ourselves, ‘Wow, they really want the Lakers,’ or ‘They want the Spurs, or the Cleveland Cavaliers to win tonight.’ It’s no secret we’ve walked out of these sessions laughing because David Stern was on TV one time saying the best NBA Finals would be the Lakers vs. the Lakers. It’s in the back of their mind at all times what’s best for the league.”
Donaghy spent 13 years in the league before he was forced to resign for fixing games on which he was said to either have directly placed a wager or was being paid by a bookmaker to influence outcomes.