Mark Cuban Allegedly Hired Retired FBI Agent To Investigate Officiating In 2006 NBA Finals

By Andrew Fisher
Mark Cuban
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NBA fans are no strangers to conspiracy theories. They’ve been floating around the league for many years now, and they range from bizarre to possibly true. But all theories aside, the officiating in the NBA has been proven to be crooked at points in the past. Look no further than Tim Donaghy for an example.

When it comes to alleged screwjobs of the past, many Dallas Mavericks fans will point to the 2006 Finals. It was a series where the Miami Heat went to the line on a much more frequent basis (207-155), and where Dwyane Wade shot an astounding 97 free throws.

Because of this vast difference in free throw attempts, one man says he was contacted by none other than Mark Cuban to investigate NBA officiating. The man’s name is Warren Flagg an he worked for the FBI for 20 years (now retired).

John Canzano of The Oregonian did a recent piece which brought Flagg’s story to life. It gives the impression that something was indeed off about the officiating in that series:

“Cuban asked me what he should do. I told him, ‘Sue and you’ll win your case,’ but he knew he’d be killing the Golden Goose.”

Cuban has responded with, “I don’t remember,” when asked about his talks with the retired FBI agent.

So, it appears that the Mavs owner may have once contemplated suing the NBA. Or at least that’s one man’s take on it.

Will anyone ever really know what happened and if the fix was in back in June of ’06? Probably not. That Finals series and this story involving the retired FBI agent will likely just be filed with all the rest of the NBA conspiracy theories — in a secure spot in Adam Silver’s office. Just kidding.

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