Inside The Gambling Ring of NBA Referee The Troubling Death of an NBA Hopeful 1 day ago   11:50

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VICE "Red Cards" revisits the 2007 NBA betting scandal. We follow the character of Jimmy "the sheep" Battista, the mastermind behind the scandal and the one who sparked NBA referee Tim Donaghy betting on his own games.

For the first time, Battista opens up about his side of the story, letting us in on the seduction of sports gambling and the regrets he now carries with him. Journalists, former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin, and an ex-FBI detective all weigh in, as we try to unpack just how a scandal of this magnitude could have occurred.

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John Penley
And this is why I stopped watching the NBA.
WalterV
nothing like a rat at the end.
Demitrius Caro
Cost Dirk his 1st Championship facts!!!
Sgt.StickyTits
LOL @6:26. SHELLS! HAXOR MAGIC!
Ian Sauter
Little known fact that Tim donaghy was actually not an official for game 6 2002, and they want to say it’s a lone wolf lol
Rob M
why the fuck would you need to strap $50,000 to you to go to vegas? that makes no sense.
natskivna
The NBA will never really recover from this scandal. And the reason isn't because of the scandal itself. The reason is the cover up the NBA has been involved with since at least 2002 with regards to fixed games and refs. The fact that Scott Foster is STILL officiating in the NBA tells me all I need to know.
Thomas Aldridge
All bitches what? None of y'all will do shit fuck you edit and your mother she won't either and she's got more nuts than you
Chad Losh
All of the "small market" teams continually get screwed even to this day due to league/refs rigging the games. The Indiana Pacers had one of the best teams year after year during the 90's and were cheated out of a championship time and time again. I'm not getting into a pissing match with haters-- so save it. They had guys they could rely on but not the "G.O.A.T. franchise players" whose endorsement could sell millions and millions of jerseys which is what the NBA insisted on before they would arrange for a team to win a title. Sadly, "love of the game" in all of its honesty and integrity wasn't enough for the league and its officials to just leave well enough alone and let the players' performances decide the outcomes of the games. The NFL is just as bad-- the Colts were repeatedly screwed over in the post season. It takes far less effort for the NFL officials to change the outcome of a football game successfully and they can do it with far less exposure than the NBA officials risk (what actually seem like a minor miscall at the time can easily shift the entire momentum of the game drastically changing the course of the game within several plays). So, I'm done with all of them! I couldn't wait to be a father and avidly watch a basketball or football game with my kids like I did with my father growing up-- now... I really can't bring myself to inflict this type of disappointment on my children that these falsehoods create for their fans...
Horace Ball
15 months....it pays to be white!!!! If he was black like me, he would have gotten 15 years! Fergusin!
Sam Estrada
Makes you wonder what the governments and banks do behind closed doors too!!!!!
boss-man-phil258
I live 10mins away from Clifton hieghts
Brady Henry
I was so confused because his attorney was Jack Mcman and that’s my younger friend who’s 11
John Short
“The Sheep” isn’t an intimidating nickname.
J.R. Davis
Is the NBA still around? Lol. Talk about must miss tv.
FoEver Fo
In the bed with him
F Wiz
15 months for millions of dollars stolen basically, damn niggas get 5 years for 1500 worth of drugs
Michael Clyburn
They were probably betting on hotdog sales as well. Sheesh!
Fedor Julssaint
They need to investigate the NFL
Chase Itondown
You know what is more easy than breathing to you, ya douche?!?!
Being fucking scummy!!!
That's what was easier than breathing to you!
And all he gets is a slap on the wrist?!?!
That's messed up!!
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The Troubling Death of an NBA Hopeful Inside The Gambling Ring of NBA Referee 1 day ago   21:40

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Colorado State graduate and NBA hopeful Wendell Lee Jr. was standing with his girlfriend outside her Los Angeles home when a car pulled up. A man got out of the vehicle, shot Lee multiple times, and drove away. The woman was unharmed and no words were exchanged with the shooter.

Two years later, Wendell’s death remains a mystery, as his family struggles to understand his murder. We speak with Lee’s family and others tied to the case to try and make sense of this seemingly senseless bloodshed.

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