NBA Ref’s New Book Blows Whistle On Mob Work

An NBA referee comes out with a new book detailing his past adventures working undercover with the mafia:

Bob Delaney NBA ref book cover

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED chats with Bob Delaney, a 20-year court veteran and former New Jersey state trooper, who writes about his experiences with Tony Sparano…er, Tony Soprano types in “Covert: My Years Infiltrating The Mob.”

The book, targeted for a February release, describes Delaney’s three-year saga as an undercover cop in the 1970s. His dangerous work helped bring in 30 members of the Bruno and Genovese crime families. But it also brought about feelings of guilt for turning in people he became very close to, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

In an effort to rebuilding his life, Delaney turned to basketball, where he was once a college star. He bean officiating high school and intramural games, and his on-court efforts eventually led Bob to the big leagues.

Jim Rome Bill Walton

Bill Walton contributes the foreword for the new book. (So why didn’t they use a forward, instead of a center?) We assume the opening pages will go a little something like this.

With his past battles against organized crime, Delaney seems to come off as the anti-Tim Donaghy.