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Tim Donaghy

Personal life

Born from the Philadelphia suburb of Havertown, Pennsylvania, Donaghy attended Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania along with three other NBA referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, and Ed Malloy. [9] Donaghy graduated from Villanova University with a diploma in sales and marketing. While at Villanova, he played on the college’s baseball team. According to the National Basketball Referee’s Association, Donaghy engaged and won All-Catholic and All-Delaware County honors in baseball and also All-Delaware County honors in basketball throughout high school, but –Villanova baseball coach George Bennett asserts that Donaghy didn’t play on the varsity team and that no records indicate he was chosen to the All-Catholic team in baseball or appointed to the All-Delaware County baseball staff.
His wife Kimberly was married by donaghy in 1995. They have four brothers. In September, 2007, soon after the scandal broke, Kim filed for divorce.
Officiating career Before officiating in the NBA, Donaghy spent five years officiating in Pennsylvania high school basketball and seven seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), and he was the head official for the 1993 CBA All-Star Game. The next year, he joined the NBA, where he worked for 13 years, officiating in 772 regular-season games and 20 playoff games. Donaghy was a participant in the NBA’s Read to Achieve program, where he engaged in an event at the Universal Charter college during the 2002 NBA Finals. [ His uniform number was 21.
Donaghy was among 3 referees who worked the Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19, 2004, which ended in a fight between Pacers players and Pistons fans.]
During a 2003 regular-season game, Donaghy called a technical foul on Rasheed Wallace, then playing the Portland Trail Blazers, for throwing a ball at another official in a game. Wallace confronted Donaghy after the match, threatening him yelling obscenities and, according to Donaghy. Wallace was suspended for seven games; this was the longest suspension issued by the league for an event not involving violence or medication.

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