During the 1981-1982 season, at least three Knicks players fixed games for their unnamed cocaine dealer, “one of the largest dealers on the East Coast,” according to FBI files.
According to informants, the coke dealer usually bet $300 a game, but soon began putting down $10,000 bets, winning six of seven bets through the season.
The FBI also suspected the players were shaving points and betting against themselves.
“Source observed heavy betting by [redacted] toward the latter part of the season . . . on the Knicks to lose certain games. In each case, the Knicks did lose, or failed to cover the point spread.”
The investigation eventually stalled due to lack of physical evidence, and no charges were ever brought. The FBI documents are part of a book released earlier this month, Brian Tuohy's Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing & the FBI. The FBI has verified the authenticity of the reports.
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