You always hate to hear any rumors about point shaving or fixing games in professional sports, so even when a story comes out that dates back over 30 years, it is still a bit disturbing.
Especially when it points directly at the New York Knicks.
According to an FBI probe and a story written by the New York Post’s Gary Buiso, the Knicks fixed games for their drug dealer in the early 1980′s.
Coked-up Knicks players fixed games as a favor to their drug dealer — who bet big bucks against the anemic New York squad, FBI informants claimed during the 1981-82 season.
The feds probed whether three Knicks, reportedly “heavy users of cocaine,” and their supplier, “one of the largest dealers on the East Coast,” shaved points, according to FBI documents cited in Brian Tuohy’s book, “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.
The probe goes on to note that the “dealer” started placing five-figure bets against the Knicks in January of 1982 and by March of that year, the coke dealer had won six of his seven five-figure bets against the Knicks all the while continuing to make his normal $300 wagers on other NBA games.
It also notes that several Knicks players were suspected of betting against themselves, which doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
Naturally The Post reports that the names of the players and the dealer are redacted in the FBI documents, which is not at all surprising.
However immediately you have to think of Micheal Ray Richardson who averaged 18 points per game during that season, despite having a bad cocaine problem that eventually got him banned for life from the NBA in 1986.
It’s worth noting that Richardson denied the allegations to Buiso,
‘There’s really nothing that can be done about that all these years later.
It just makes the NBA look bad even 30 years later.
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