Isaiah Thomas and Sexual harrassment

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  1. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Knicks team president Isiah Thomas is accused of sexual harassment and discrimination by one of the team's former front-office employees in a federal lawsuit.

    Anucha Browne Sanders claims Thomas made unwanted sexual advances toward her and refused to stop, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. Thomas and Madison Square Garden are listed as the defendants in the lawsuit, which charges them with sex discrimination and retaliation.


    According to the lawsuit, the 43-year-old Browne Sanders sought assistance from her supervisor, Steve Mills, the president of Madison Square Garden Sports, but said Mills didn't do anything about the situation.

    Browne Sanders, who had been with the team since 2000, claims she was fired as the Knicks' senior vice president of marketing and business operations last week as a result of her complaints.

    Thomas was not available for comment Wednesday at the Knicks' morning shootaround, but the players were quick to support him.

    "I know Isiah and I know he's an honorable man," Stephon Marbury said. "I know that he's a guy filled with a lot of character, so I think everyone here is on his side."

    The lawsuit also alleges that Thomas told Browne Sanders he was pushing for more home games at noon on Sundays. His plan, according to Browne Sanders, was to have opposing players go to certain clubs, including strip clubs, that Thomas had connections with on Saturday nights and get them drunk so they would be sluggish for the game the next day.

    "These fabricated and outrageous charges come from an individual whom MSG fired because of an inability to fulfill professional responsibilities and who is now seeking a financial windfall," attorney Ron Green said in a statement on behalf of Madison Square Garden. "We have always been proud of how our employees are treated, as evidenced by the fact that we have consistently taken appropriate action when employees have engaged in inappropriate behavior. We will fight these outrageous charges and defend our employees from baseless allegations intended to embarrass and harm them."

    The Knicks would not comment further on the matter Wednesday.

    Lawyers for Thomas, Peter Parcher and Sue Ellen Eisenberg, called the lawsuit an attempt to make money and accused her of demanding $6 million upon her departure, more than 20 times her salary.

    Browne Sanders said the problems began shortly after Thomas joined the Knicks in December 2003, and she repeatedly complained to management about his inappropriate behavior.

    In court documents, Browne Sanders said Thomas often berated her, and made crude comments about her to Knicks officials, telling them not to listen to any of her directions. Marbury also is accused of acting in a hostile way toward her as a result.

    Browne Sanders said Thomas' behavior soon became sexually charged, saying he told her he was "very attracted" to her and "in love" with her and tried to kiss her. She charges that last month, he hugged and tried to kiss her, and when she pulled away, he said, "What, I can't get any love from you today?"

    "I've known him since I tried to recruit him in high school and he's a phenomenal human being," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "And the Knicks have always treated me well, so I guess I'll let it play itself out."

    Browne Sanders said she met with a human resources management consultant hired by MSG twice last year, and told the consultant about Thomas' conduct. After Browne Sanders sought legal counsel last November, MSG launched its own investigation but told her to not come to work for three weeks. She was fired last Thursday when MSG said her claims couldn't be substantiated.

    Browne Sanders, the team's chief marketing officer, graduated from Northwestern as the Big Ten's women career scoring leader and was a two-time conference player of the year. She was the school's athlete of the decade for the 1980s.

    According to the team's media guide, Browne Sanders is married with three children, and resides in New Jersey.



    Personally Issiah Thomas is one of the few players out there that has earned himself a great name in his surrounding comunity, I think that she is jsut after money form the organization......your thoughts??
     
  2. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    I heard about this this morning. I am guessing another person out for money. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds and the details of it.
     

  3. LilRyjoe04

    LilRyjoe04 New Member

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    Nowadays, you can sue anyone for just about anything. She got fired and now she is trying to milk the Knicks for money. Who knows if anything ever really happened between her and Isiah? No one ever will. Isiah Thomas is a very well respected individual in the NBA, and let's face it, this nobody Jane Doe, might as well be going up against the entire NBA. I don't think this trial is going to make it anywhere.. Let's face it, unless you have evidence that's a clear as day or they get caught in the act, rich and famous people are going to get out of it!:)