Tim Donaghy charged with aggravated assault after alleged threat with hammer

Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was arrested in Manatee County, Florida, on Tuesday after allegedly threatening a man with a hammer.

Donaghy, who spent 13 months in federal prison for betting on NBA games he officiated, was charged with felony aggravated assault.

According to Manatee County Sheriff's Department records, Donaghy appeared at a house in Bradenton, Florida, on Monday night looking for his 19-year-old daughter, saying he believed she was using drugs with a friend at that residence.

He got into an argument with his daughter in the street in front of the home, and when the owner came out to see what was going on, Donaghy allegedly wielded the hammer and told the man if he came any closer he was going to hit him with it, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Donaghy, 50, was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday. He was released on $5,000 bond and given a Jan. 19 court date for arraignment.

Attempts by ESPN to reach Donaghy and his representatives have been unsuccessful. His attorney told TMZ Sports that Donaghy did not assault or threaten anyone and that he was merely trying to be a good father.

Donaghy admitted in 2008 that he took thousands of dollars from a professional gambler for inside tips on NBA games. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce. Donaghy later told "60 Minutes" that the wagers he made on NBA games were based on his knowledge of other officials' biases for and against players and teams, and that his officiating was not compromised.