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