Despite the relative lack of attention that is given to the Tim Donaghy scandal as opposed to Tiger Woods, Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress or steroids, it is the most serious of all.
After all, it doesn't condemn players for their choices as much as it completely undermines the very fabric of competitiveness that makes up the game itself.
For basketball conspiracy theorists, reading the published allegations is like having your worst fears confirmed because everything Donaghy says is completely believable and completely wrong.
But where does fiction end and the truth begin? After all, this is a man who served time in federal prison for his crimes, so why wouldn't he try and earn himself some coin and notoriety by dragging the league and it's refs down with him?
Donaghy's story is this: when he was betting on games, he would use the knowledge he had of referees—their biases toward certain players and the way they officiated—to place his bets.
The result was that Donaghy had a record that is the envy of every wiseguy and bookmaker from the Jersey Shore to Las Vegas.
The FBI claims he picked at a 75 percent clip, and Donaghy himself claims a streak of 15 out of 16 correct picks at one time.
While the gambling stories are interesting, the thing that interests the NBA and its fans is the fact that such biased tendencies toward officiating are so blatant that games can be figured out because of them.
The NBA has vehemently denied all of his allegations; although they did promise that they would be looked into.
When it comes to a matter like this, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. The referees, the NBA, David Stern and Tim Donaghy are not completely blameless.
Let's take a look at some of them, and see how likely they are.