Van Gundy Calls Donaghy's Book Tour 'Despicable'
Since leaving prison, where he served 15 months on federal felony conspiracy charges that involved his betting on games in which he officiated, Donaghy has been on a media tour touting his book with unsubstantiated details of corruption within the profession.
"I think what he's doing now is despicable,'' Van Gundy said when asked about Donaghy. "I have trouble with it, trying to throw everyone else under the bus. You made a mistake. You got caught. Now stand up like a man and take your punishment.''
Both the NBA and the FBI, which started the investigation of Donaghy, concluded that he was the only dirty official. Yet Donaghy's book suggests otherwise.
"It's unfortunate, because it's been proven in a court of law he's not honest guy. We all know he's not honest, and now everyone is supposed to believe what he's saying in a book?'' Van Gundy said. "It defies logic that we're supposed to believe what he says – when he's proven to be dishonest.''
Van Gundy isn't the only one NBA coach who has blasted Donaghy. Boston Coach Doc Rivers made similar comments last week.
"I understand to sell a newspaper, a magazine, or get hits on your website (FanHouse.com), you have to give the consumer what he wants. It's reality in today's world,'' he said. "You throw his name out, and his allegations, and people will want to read it.
"He went down, and now he's looking to take everyone with him. That's a sure sign, to me, that he's a bad guy. When he's somebody who disregards all the people he's worked with, and throws them all under the bus, that's unforgivable.''