Jason returns

By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 4, 2009

The non-release of Donaghy’s book is a key test case for the ability of even very rich lawyers to keep certain material from appearing on the Web. It will also be worth watching to see how the NBA will stop Donaghy from talking. My guess is that the threat of some new kind of criminal sentence will appear shortly. Anyway, no arrest to discuss here, but this really is the biggest sports-crime story in some time — and this is a huge development, with the history of an entire league hanging in the balance.

’Toine gone
A short but depressing footnote to former Celtic Antoine Walker’s recent legal troubles. (He was busted this summer for, among other things, passing bad checks to a casino.) It seems ’Toine is broke, which is almost literally unbelievable, considering that he made more than $110 million in his career and that he retired only 18 months-or-so ago. Creditors have reportedly been chasing him all year and he has debts upward of $4 million. As the Globe pointed out earlier this week, the supreme irony of this is that coach Rick Pitino said, on the day Walker signed a $71 million contract in 1999, that he would “never have to worry about money again in his life.” Which begs another question: has Pitino ever been right about anything?

Matt Taibbi can be reached at m_taibbi@yahoo.com.

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