NBA Referees Retain Special Counsel

Aug 28, 2007, 01:00 ET from The National Basketball Referees Association

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Basketball Referees
 Association, which represents all active National Basketball Association
 referees, announced today that it has retained Philadelphia-based attorney
 Gregory T. Magarity to assist the association and its members in connection
 with the NBA's recently announced review of its entire basketball
 operations and officiating programs.
     Mr. Magarity is a former Chief of the Criminal Division and First
 Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for
 the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and has more than 30 years'
 experience in federal prosecutions, criminal law, corporate internal
 investigations, complex litigation, mediations, and federal tax matters.
     "When Commissioner David Stern informed us last week that the NBA was
 conducting a broad and thorough examination of all its operations in
 response to former referee Tim Donaghy's recent admissions of criminal
 wrongdoing, we immediately agreed to help in the league's efforts," stated
 NBRA spokesman Lamell McMorris. "We support any balanced and meaningful
 review that seeks to preclude future occurrences of the unlawful misconduct
 in which Mr. Donaghy engaged, and correct any policies and practices that
 may have allowed this misbehavior to take place for so long without notice.
 We also agreed with Commissioner Stern that this investigation should be
 conducted without any preconceived notions or preordained outcomes, and
 that every aspect of the league's day-to-day operations should be
 re-evaluated and re-considered, especially those affecting the recruitment,
 hiring, training, supervision and review of the league's officiating
     "I look forward to working with Larry Pedowitz at Wachtell, Lipton,
 Rosen & Katz in connection with the NBA's league-wide operations review,"
 commented Mr. Magarity. "We share the NBA's goal in completing this review
 as quickly and fairly as possible, with due consideration to the obvious
 fact that Mr. Donaghy participated in criminal activities and his
 colleagues have not. It is always difficult for an organization to deal
 with an isolated employee intent on committing terrible misdeeds, and this
 is even more so when it occurs under the media's glare. We ask for the
 public's patience, understanding and support as we complete this necessary
     Contact: Lamell J. McMorris

SOURCE The National Basketball Referees Association