Disgraced ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy arrested for allegedly threatening man with hammer

Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who did prison time for his role in one of the biggest scandals in NBA history, has been arrested after a man accused him of threatening him with a hammer.

Donaghy, whose prison stint came courtesy of betting on NBA games that he officiated, was charged with aggravated assault in Bradenton, Fla. Monday for an incident involving his 19-year-old daughter, according to an affidavit provided to USA Today.

Donaghy arrived at a Bradenton house Monday morning looking for his daughter, who was friends of the homeowner’s daughter, the report details. Concerned that his daughter was using drugs in the house, Donaghy confronted her in the street.

This confrontation prompted the homeowner to intervene, the report continues.

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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 12: Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards talks with referee Tim Donaghy during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 12, 2003 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Wizards won 108-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO - MARCH 16: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks argues with referee Tim Donaghy during the NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena on March 16, 2003 in Sacramento, California. The Mavericks won 129-123 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - APRIL 2: Ron Artest #23 of the Indiana Pacers argues a call with referee Tim Donaghy during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gund Arena on April 2, 2003 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Pacers won 103-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Mike Fratello of the Memphis Grizzlies talks to referee Tim Donaghy #21 during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena on November 26, 2005 in Dallas, Texas. The Grizzlies won 112-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS - APRIL 24: Guard Mike Bibby #10 of the Sacramento Kings argues with official Tim Donaghy #21 during play against the Dallas Mavericks in game three of the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs on April 24, 2004 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jason Richardson of the Warriors argues with the referee Tim Donaghy about his foul during the second half of the game against the Suns at Oakland Arena in Oakland, California. Phoenix Suns defeated Golden State Warriors, 118-110. (Photo by Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 13: Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards talks to referee Tim Donaghy during the game against the Chicago Bulls on April 13th, 2005 at the MCI Center in Washington D.C. The Wizards won 93-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers is held back by referee Tim Donaghy against the Phoenix Suns in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs April 28, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to referee Tim Donaghy #21, in the first half against the Phoenix Suns in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs April 28, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 25: Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy walking to Federal Court in Brooklyn ?? (Photo by Julia Xanthos/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Tim Donaghy, a former referee for the National Basketball Association (NBA), center, leaves Federal District Court after his sentencing in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison for betting on games and using inside knowledge of player injuries to recommend wagers by two high-school classmates. (Photo by Rick Maiman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Tim Donaghy, a former referee for the National Basketball Association (NBA), center, arrives at Federal District Court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Lawyers for Donaghy, who pleaded guilty to illegally betting on games, said his sentence should be limited because he was addicted to gambling, the New York Times reported. (Photo by Rick Maiman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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When the homeowner approached, Donaghy, allegedly wielding a hammer, told the man “if he came any closer, (Donaghy) was going to hit him with it.”

Details are sparse in the report. Like, where did the hammer come from? And what kind of confrontation was Donaghy having with his daughter?

Donaghy’s attorney told TMZ, who had the initial report, that Donaghy did not assault anyone and was only looking out for his daughter’s well being.

Donaghy served 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and transmitting wagering information through interstate commerce involving NBA games he bet on while officiating from 2005-07.

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