- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (AP) - A spokesman for former NBA referee Tim Donaghy says he was attacked in prison by a fellow inmate who claimed he had ties to the New York mob.

Pat Zaranek, a spokesman for Donaghy, said Thursday that the former referee, serving a 15-month sentence in a gambling scandal, was struck in the right knee with a stick or other hard object in November.

Zaranek, of Executive Prison Consultants, says Donaghy expects to be transferred from the camp in Pensacola to a halfway house in Tampa next week.

Zaranek says Donaghy’s knee still gives him trouble and that he will need surgery.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman declined comment.

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