So, Should We Believe Donaghy?

One more bit of bitterness while I’m at it….

Some may recall that the whole “Bitter P1” thing came from some YouTube vids that I uploaded in the wake of the Mavs loss to the Heat two years ago.

I’m over it. Promise. Really not bitter about it any more. Although, it’s a fascinating exercise in human behavior that just about once a month, somebody still stops by YouTube to post a ranting comment.

In the past few days, the hits have increase, both there and here on my blog. And I can’t help but wonder if it’s related to the Tim Donaghy story.
Donaghy, as you’ll recall, is the incredibly crooked ref who’s been busted for throwing, and betting on, NBA games.

Donaghy chose NBA Finals week, no doubt timed for maximum exposure/explosion, to come out with charges that refs routinely fix games and favor certain teams. There are now rumblings that other investigations of refs may be in the works, including investigations by the FBI.

Heck, even Ralph Nader is jumping on the bandwagon.

So, I don’t know whether or not to believe Donaghy or not. But I do know this: the NBA’s credibility on this issue is tattered. Guys like Mark Cuban look more sane all the time.

And the video of those fouls that got me called “bitter” are still out there for the world to see.
It didn’t look good then. To some of us, it looks even worse now.

(BTW, in an erie bit of timing, the day Donaghy made his most recent charges about game-fixing was the day Eliot Asinof died. Who is Eliot Asinof, you ask? The guy who wrote the definitive book on America’s most notorious game-fixing scandal, “Eight Men Out.”)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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