May 22, 2014, 8:45 AM EST
Mark Cuban says it isn’t true.
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.
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.
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