- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mark Cuban strongly denied a report by The Oregonian that he hired a retired FBI agent to investigate NBA officiating after the Dallas Mavericks’ controversial loss to the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals.
To set the record straight. I have never hired or consulted with any former FBI agents to investigate our 2006 Finals.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 20, 2014
According to The Oregonian, 20-year FBI veteran Warren Flagg said he consulted with Cuban after those Finals, which will always be remembered in Dallas for Dwyane Wade’s parade to the free throw line during the Heat’s four consecutive wins after the Mavs took a 2-0 lead. The newspaper reported in the fifth part of its series on NBA officiating that Flagg said Cuban was considering a lawsuit. The Mavs owner was fined $250,000 for storming onto the floor and shouting at referees after the Mavs’ Game 5 loss.
However, that’s not the story Flagg told during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Fitzsimmons and Friedo.” Flagg, who worked with disgraced referee Tim Donaghy's defense team, said Cuban called him in 2009 to ask what Donaghy wrote in his book that was released later that year.
“I said, ‘Look, Mr. Cuban, this is what I will tell you. You had an issue in 2006; I think you ought to sue the NBA and get your fine back,'" Flagg said Tuesday. "His quote to me was, ‘Flaggman, I can’t kill the golden goose.’
“I laughed. That was the extent of the conversation.”