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Friday, July 27, 2007


As if it wasn't bad enough for the NBA with referee Tim Donaghy's scandal, ESPN went and interviewed someone who should know about gambling, point shaving and fixing games - Henry Hill.

Hill is the former gangster that turned state's evidence against his mob bosses in the 1980s, taking down a list of mafia members. Ever see Goodfellas? That's Hill's story.

Hill also is the force behind the Boston College point shaving scandal from the late 1970s.

Anyway, ESPN scored an interview with Hill, and here's what he had to say about the NBA situation and Donaghy:

"There's still a million ways to do it today," says Hill. "That's why [Donaghy] didn't get caught for so long." Plus, Hill adds, "the government works in strange ways. They'll let you go and go and go until they have a huge case against you, right when you think you won't get caught the feds reel you in and you're hanging from their fishing poles. Now, with this whole NBA thing? Forget it. Now that everyone is talking they have computer records, they have everything. It's going to get a whole lot bigger than this … you wait for the trial. This is going to be the tip of the iceberg. This guy Donaghy is in a lot of freakin' trouble."

He later tells a quick anecdote about his past interactions with athletes:

"Joe Namath used to fool around with my girlfriend's roommate back then," says Hill. "I used to see Joe over at the apartment every couple days. Before he left for Super Bowl III though, he told me to 'bet the f------ farm' on the Jets. I went down there and took the money line. Man, did I clean up."


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