Thursday, September 27, 2007

Isiah on the stand

New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas testified Wednesday that he never cursed at a fired team executive who has accused him of sexual harassment. In his second day on the witness stand at a trial in federal court in Manhattan, Thomas denied allegations in a $10 million lawsuit that he repeatedly addressed the plaintiff, Anucha Browne Sanders, as "bitch" and "ho" while they worked together at Madison Square Garden. Thomas stated, "I've never cursed at Anucha. I've cursed around Anucha."

Thomas also contradicted earlier testimony by Browne Sanders that during a conversation about season ticket holders, he snapped: "Bitch, I don't give a [expletive] about these white people." Season ticket holders "are the backbone of how we all make a living," he said.

Thomas testified that in the two years he worked with Browne Sanders, their contact was infrequent -- he estimated a total of three hours -- and usually friendly and respectful. Sometimes they would greet each other with hugs and kisses on the cheek, but there nothing romantic about it, he said. Thomas said he "went to give her a kiss on the cheek and she recoiled is such a way that it made me feel uncomfortable, and I said, 'What? No love today?"' He claimed he was surprised to learn later that Browne Sanders was pursuing a sexual harassment claim.

While Marbury was tapping stripper ass, Isiah was being shot down by Anucha. I could see why he would have gone off the wall in jealousy. Bullshit lawsuit aside, Sanders should consider herself lucky she was with the Knicks and not the Lakers. We all know the kind of special treatment she would have received after turning Kobe down for anal.

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