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Ed Warner, 73; Convicted in College Basketball Scandal

September 12, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ed Warner, 73, a former college basketball player who was convicted in a point-shaving scandal that rocked the game, died Saturday in New York City.

Warner was a forward for the City College team in New York that won the National Invitation Tournament and NCAA championships in 1950.

A year later, he and other athletes were charged with taking part in a bribery scheme in which gamblers paid players to make their teams lose or keep the margin of victory below an established point spread.

Warner, who had been named most valuable player in the NIT, was sentenced to six months in jail. He later served additional time after pleading guilty to attempting to sell heroin.

He later worked as a high school basketball referee, and served as an observer of officials for New York City's Public Schools Athletic League and as a recreational supervisor in Harlem.

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