A new book claims that players from the 1981-82 Knicks fixed games as a favor to their drug dealer.
In Brian Tuohy’s book, entitled “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI,” he cites FBI documents alleging three Knicks, reportedly “heavy users of cocaine,” and their drug supplier shaved points.
But the federal investigation ultimately was dismissed and closed due to a lack of physical evidence in 1986, according to the New York Post, which reported the story Sunday.
The names of the players and the dealer were redacted in the FBI documents, the Post reported.
An NBA spokesman said the league is “not aware that such an investigation ever took place.”
The Knicks went 33-49 that season under legendary coach Red Holzman. Michael Ray Richardson was the best player on that team, and had been a drug user. The NBA suspended him in 1986 after he violated the league's drug policy three times.
The Knicks had no comment.