Tim Donaghy rose to the top of his profession, earning $250,000 a year as an NBA referee and becoming “a courtside witness to the greatness of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal.”

In secret, he also rose in the world of illegal gambling by passing “inside information to wiseguys who were making millions of dollars on my picks and lining the pockets of Mafia heavyweights.”

But in a St. Petersburg courtroom on Tuesday, a world away from the first game of the NBA finals, Donaghy was essentially fighting for scraps.

After chronicling his downfall in a book — which includes the quotations above — Donaghy is now suing his Largo publisher, claiming she failed to turn over any of the estimated $200,000 in sales revenue from the book, Personal Foul.

– Reported by Curtis Krueger of the Tampa Bay Times