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Mark Cuban denies hiring former FBI agent after 2006 Finals

May 22, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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Mark Cuban says it isn’t true.

Sort of.

As part of a detailed five-part series in the Oregonian about officiating in the NBA, the paper’s John Canzano spoke to a former FBI agent who said he had consulted with Mark Cuban and looked into the league’s officiating after the 2006 Finals, when an aggressive Dwyane Wade was getting the calls and leading the Heat past the Mavericks.

Cuban denied that on twitter.

Then in an interview with Canzano he provided more details.

Cuban called in to my radio show (Line 2) and said he, too, wanted to clear up the context of any possible conversation he had with Flagg, “I don’t recall calling the guy. But when the whole (Tim) Donaghy thing was going on I talked to a lot of people so I don’t think it’s inconceivable that I could have talked to him.”

The Mavericks owner said of the 2006 NBA Finals (Dallas-Miami) officiating, “There’s a reason why I got fined. It was horrible. It was beyond horrible.”

Warren Flagg, the 27-year FBI veteran, disputes some of the details but did confirm that Cuban never hired or paid for any services by Cuban.

Cuban never sued the league, as Flagg has suggested he could to recover the money he was fined.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - May 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Feels like just a case of PBT reading tabloids and publishing that here to get clicks. Move on…

    • garypagetwo - May 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      this website is a rip off of TMZ Sports

  2. 25yearindyfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Didn’t read the article… Just wanted to say … Who cares???? It’s 2014.

    • spursareold - May 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Obviously you?

  3. jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    When Tim Donaghy was immediately labeled a “rogue” official the NBA left the door open for people to believe the other horrible referees were compromised too.

  4. nicofthenorthstar - May 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    NBA is crooked. Mark better keep his mouth shut and play ball, though. Wouldn’t want to get caught on tape being an idiot and get kicked out of the rich guys hoops club. It’s been known to happen.

  5. 00maltliquor - May 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    OF COURSE he does. Adam Silver and his goons (the refs) would personally see to it that he never sees another Finals game ever again.

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