Mark Cuban the Dallas Mavericks owner has never been a fan of NBA referees but his inability to comprehend some of their decisions actually caused him to ask an FBI agent to investigate them during the 2006 NBA finals.
The above image is of Cuban's famous April Fools when he hired an actor to dress as a referee and the pair would fight in front of the Mavericks crowd, despite the obvious playful nature of that particular joke, Cuban's feelings towards referees are far from lighthearted.
The Dallas Mavericks lost a controversial game six to the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals and the nature of the defeat just didn't sit right with Cuban.
Some of the calls baffled the Mavericks owner, so much so that he asked an ex-FBI agent to investigate the referee's in charge of the Finals series to make sure there was nothing strange happening in the NBA.
John Canzano of the Portland Oregonian also produced an investigation of the events and this is a small part of what he found:
"Retired FBI agent Warren Flagg, a 20-year veteran of the bureau, said he consulted with Cuban after that playoff debacle. Flagg now runs his own New York-based investigation and security firm. He looked deep into officiating, as Flagg said, Cuban was considering a lawsuit.
“Cuban asked me what he should do,” Flagg said of the 2006 Finals. “I told him, ‘Sue and you’ll win your case,’ but he knew he’d be killing the Golden Goose. When asked about his discussions with Flagg, Cuban said: “I don’t remember.”
Obviously a owner suing the NBA would be disastrous for business but did Cuban really have a case in this matter?
Fortunately for the league, Cuban must've dropped his apparent anger at the time and I'm sure the 2011 Dallas Mavericks NBA title has slightly softened the blow from the 2006 loss, especially as they exacted the revenge on the very same team who beat them, the Miami Heat.