former NBA referee makes shocking revelations about star

In a new episode of the documentary series The other side of sport, available on Netflix, a former NBA referee has revealed the league is giving special treatment to Michael Jordan, the undisputed king of basketball in the 1990s.

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After featuring Mardy Fish, Caitlyn Jenner, Christy Martin and James Galante in its first season, the docuseries The other side of sport (Untold in VO) recently made a comeback on Netflix with an even more exciting second season. After having turned the web upside down with an episode centered on the sports career of Manti Te’o, the documentary now focuses on Tim Donaghy, a former NBA referee who pleaded guilty in 2007 to illegal betting on the matches that he refereed and match-fixing. The other side of sport: A referee at fault therefore returns to this scandal which had shaken the American basketball league with the testimonies of Tim Donaghy, his accomplices Tommy Martino and Jimmy Battista, as well as his ex-wife Kim Strupp. In this new episode, the one who is now a wrestling referee made some surprising revelations about Michael Jordan.

« Michael Jordan glared at me« 

The image of the undisputed king of basketball could well be tarnished after the words of Tim Donaghy. For the latter, the NBA reserved preferential treatment for Michael Jordan. « I started to understand how things were going in the NBA. I was in Philadelphia and I refereed a game between the Sixers and the Bulls. At the time, the league wanted to tighten the screw on early dribble spin moves, and we were told to whistle it. Michael Jordan makes a spin move, I whistle. Phil Jackson [le légendaire coach des Bulls, ndlr] gets up from the bench and starts to put it in my face“, he first said. And to add: “Jordan walked past me and glared at me. After the game, I returned to the locker room, and the other referee of the game said to me: ‘The league wants us to whistle this movement, but not against him’. »

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The Last Dancea documentary series on Michael Jordan to see on Netflix

In 2020, Michael Jordan is the subject of a documentary series, still available on Netflix. Directed by Jason Hehir, The Last Dance looks back on the career of the famous sportsman through unpublished archive images and highlights the last season of the star sportsman of the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s. More than 90 people were interviewed during the documentary, including two former Presidents of the United States: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, as well as other basketball icons, such as the late Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Magic Johnson or his ex-teammate Scottie Pippen.

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