NEW YORK (AP) -A defense lawyer says disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy (DON'-ah-hee) shouldn't have to return about $500,000 in pay from three seasons starting in 2003.
The NBA wants Donaghy to pay it back because he admitted betting on many games during that period. But defense attorney John Lauro told a federal judge Wednesday that his client never rigged any games, so he earned the money honestly.
The league is seeking a total of $1.39 million in restitution from Donaghy, who has pleaded guilty to wagering on games and giving gamblers inside tips.
The judge hasn't ruled on the pay issue but has ordered the NBA to explain hefty legal bills included in the restitution demand. The total includes even the $750 cost of Donaghy's basketball shoes.
Donaghy faces up to 33 months in prison. Sentencing is set for July 14.

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