Book Claims 1981-82 Knicks Fixed Matches for Drug Dealer
A recently published book claims that the New York Knicks used to fix the outcome of their games as a favour to a drug dealer.
A new book about gambling in the sports industry has revealed that FBI informants claimed that members of the New York Knicks fixed the outcome of professional basketball games as a favour to their drug dealer who would then make big money betting against them.
The allegations were made in book called “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing, and the FBI.
The book’s author, Brian Tuohy, said that three members of the 1981-82 Knicks and their drug dealer were the subject of a federal investigation.
As proof Tuohy cites FBI documents with information from informants who said that the dealer had begun by betting $10,000 a game against the Knicks in January 1982. By the end of March of that year the dealer had won 6 out of 7 of his big money bets while he continued to place his regular $300 bets on other NBA games.
The Knicks finished last in the NBA’s Atlantic Division that season and Guard Michael Ray Richardson said tof that year’s team, “The ship be sinking.”
However, Richardson denies the match fixing allegations and the Knicks have not yet commented. No charges were filed due to lack of evidence but in the mid-80s the feds began sending agents to NBA teams to discuss the dangers of gambling.