Born from the Philadelphia suburb of Havertown, Pennsylvania, Donaghy attended Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania along with three other NBA referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, and Ed Malloy.  Donaghy graduated with a degree in marketing and sales. While at Villanova, he performed on the school’s baseball team. According to the National Basketball Referee’s Association, Donaghy engaged and won All-Catholic and All-Delaware County honors in baseball and All-Delaware County honors in basketball during high school, but –Villanova baseball coach George Bennett contends that Donaghy didn’t perform on the varsity team and that no records indicate that he was selected to the All-Catholic team in baseball or named to the All-Delaware County basketball team.
Donaghy wed his wife Kimberly in 1995. They have four brothers. Back in September, 2007 Kim filed for divorce.
Officiating career Before officiating in the NBA, Donaghy spent five years officiating at Pennsylvania high school basketball and seven seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), and he was the head official for the 1993 CBA All-Star Game. The next year, he joined the NBA, where he worked for 13 decades, officiating in 772 regular-season games and 20 playoff matches. Donaghy was a participant in the NBA’s Read to Achieve program, for which he engaged in an event at the Universal Charter college throughout the 2002 NBA Finals. [ His uniform number was 21.
Donaghy was one of 3 referees who worked the Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19, 2004, which ended in a fight between Pacers players and Pistons fans.]
During a 2003 regular-season game, Donaghy called a technical foul on Rasheed Wallace, then playing the Portland Trail Blazers, for throwing a ball in another official in a game. Wallace faced Donaghy after the game, threatening him yelling obscenities and, based on Donaghy. Wallace was suspended for seven games; this is the longest suspension issued from the league to get the event not involving violence or drugs.
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