The since-disgraced referee who officiated for 13 seasons in the NBA before resigning just ahead of the public outing of his role in a betting scandal in 2007 came off of parole on Sunday. After a conviction in federal court for which he served 13 months of prison time, Donaghy could still face criminal prosecution at the state level for giving away insider information to other betters and perhaps miscalling games to affect point spreads.
According to The Sporting News, Donaghy has had trouble finding work since his 2009 release. However, he has now found employment as a sports handicapper for a gambling website and, as part of his duties, plans to attend Friday’s Knicks game at Madison Square Garden as they host the Dallas Mavericks.
“I’m there to take in a game and look at some live action and do a bit of scouting,” Donaghy told The Sporting News. “I’m not even too sure that anyone is really going to notice me, to be honest with you.”
It’s unclear if the NBA will block Donaghy from entering the game or remove him once he does arrive, as the league had failed to return multiple requests for comment by The Sporting News.