Disgraced NBA Referee Tim Donaghy Did Help the Game; Now Putting Life Back Togetherby Victor Rodriguez on May. 12, 2011, under Sports
Often times, former major league baseball player Jose Canseco and former NBA official Tim Donaghy are lumped into the same category because both men dropped major bombshells, sending shockwaves and changing the way their sports are viewed. For Canseco, it began when he announced that many elite baseball players, including himself, were taking steroids. With Donaghy it was after being investigated by the FBI for allegations that he bet on games, making calls that affected the point spread. However, the comparison of these two men stops there.
Some will say both came forward for fame and a way to promote their books, but it did take courage knowing that many would not believe them. Donaghy, unlike Canseco, came forward because he realized what he did was a mistake. As Donaghy told the Victor and Matt podcast show, “I don’t have any doubt that my image has changed since I wrote my book. People believed what I had to say. I think there is a difference between Jose Canseco and myself because I don’t think Jose feels what he did was wrong, in regards to steroids. I certainly feel what I did, getting involved in gambling and gambling on NBA games, with the position I was in was certainly wrong.”
Both men’s actions were illegal, but it seems Donaghy feels remorseful. If he could change what happened, he would without hesitation; while Canseco would probably do the same thing over and over again. The problem with society today is when someone apologizes with sincerity for a mistake made; they have to deal with a continuous ridicule that seems unnecessary. To thank both Canseco and Donaghy for bringing both actions to light would be an insult to everyone who is involved with baseball and basketball. But both games have certainly benefited. Baseball now has stronger steroid testing and harsher punishments if caught taking steroids. With basketball, officials are followed and put under a microscope, making it harder to “fix” a game.
“Life is slowly, but surely getting a little better,” Donaghy also told Victor and Matt. “I’m getting in the lives of my daughters. I’m also doing a lot of blogging, writing and radio work for a sports handicapper who advises people who to bet just like a stock broker would. I am certainly not betting on games. Never going to get involved doing that again.”
Everyday, Donaghy has to live with the guilt that what he did was wrong, but he is working on making amends. This is one time we all should be pulling for this guy.