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Disgraced referee Tim Donaghy has an NBA Finals conspiracy theory

Disgraced former NBA referee and noted liar Tim Donaghy said in an interview to Sports Illustrated that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was suspended by the NBA for Game 5 of the NBA Finals because the league wanted to prolong the series.

Disgraced referee Tim Donaghy has an NBA Finals conspiracy theory

"I think when you look at the overt acts that Green has committed before, they were definitely more severe than this act, and yet he's going to end up with a flagrant foul and suspension because of it," Donaghy said. "In the past, I believe it was disregarded because [the Warriors] were down in the series. Here, they're up in the series, so I think it's a situation where, with that, it gives Cleveland a better chance of prolonging the series."

The former referee added that it seemed that instruction were passed to referees to favor teams down in a series while he was still officiating.

"Definitely indirectly with the tape sessions that took place and how they would show you plays that they wanted you to concentrate on in the game that," Donaghy said. "It was always a situation where the team down in the series was going to benefit from those calls."

It is to be noted that Donaghy was fired in 2007 after betting on NBA games, and he was also jailed for it. He has since accused the league repeatedly of manipulating games with officiating.