Found September 14, 2013 on Pass The Pill:

As a player in any sport, an accusation doesn’t get as serious as claiming you are trying to lose on purpose. Athletes pride themselves on performance, and competition, more specifically, winning. This reportedly was not the case during the 1981-82 season for the New York Knicks, as an FBI investigation conducted in the 80′s had led to evidence some players were shaving points and fixing games, according to a New York Post report. Specifically, three unnamed players were accused of fixing games in order to pay off their drug dealer. Here are some details from the report: 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 Knicks declined to comment on the accusation, while lead guard at the time, Michael Ray Richardson denied any involvement to the post, saying “Hell no!… We never did anything like that.” This being said, the investigation ended in 1986 due to lack of evidence: The feds’ probe stretched into 1986, and widened to the coke dealer conspiring with “various professional basketball teams to shave points.” But without any physical evidence — and no confessions — the Knicks case crumpled. An FBI spokeswoman said the case was closed, without any arrests, in 1986. Wow.. That’s all I got. Wow. By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder The post FBI Investigated ’81-’82 Knicks Players of Fixing Games for Drug Dealers appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.

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