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Jury Finds Isiah Thomas Liable on Harassment Claims

10/2/2007 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: The jury has just awarded $11.6 million in damages to Anucha Browne Sanders.

A federal jury has found that basketball legend Isiah Thomas sexually harassed a former New York Knicks executive.

The jury in the $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit deliberated a little over two days before deciding in favor of Anucha Browne Sanders.

The case, which has gripped New York, painted a picture of the Knicks' front office and Madison Square Garden as a place where sexism and crude language were commonplace.

Browne Sanders, a married mother of three and a former college basketball star at Northwestern University, testified that Thomas initially called her a "bitch" and a "ho" when she began working for the organization, and then began making unwanted advances toward her and encouraging her to visit him "off site."

Thomas denied all of Browne Sander's allegations, and his attorneys portrayed her as incompetent. Thomas did, however, acknowledge trying to kiss Browne Sanders in December 2005, asking her, "No love today?" when she recoiled. Garden President Steve Mills said he spoke with Thomas about the incident and was told it wouldn't happen again.
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1.

TheONE    

WHO???

2547 days ago
2.

Simone    

Dumb ass. My how the mighty have fallen.

He was a hero in Detroit when the Pistons won back to back Championships in 1989 and 1990.

Now look at him.

2547 days ago
3.

Joe    

HE is a RACIST!!! BiG TIME. He makes me sick.

2547 days ago
4.

Manyak    

Isiah got what he deserves....maybe now he can get off his high horse and be less of an a**hole

2547 days ago
5.

cleveland1    

#3 what does racism have to do with the harassment liability?

2547 days ago
6.

chuck    

Ah yes...another tawdry expose' of the "cultural" differences of being an overpaid Black, ex-athlete - differences that aren't necessarily bad, just different - right? LOL..After Michael Vick, Tank Johnson, PacMan Jones, OJ Simpson, Mike Tyson - all within the past few months - viola - another distinguished Black Athlete, Isiah Thomas, found to be less than chivalrous and less than honest - hmmm...And Gary Sheffield plus Donovan McNabb whine about how they're "treated differently, more critically"...all because dey is balack... Here's a little hint to all the "here today, gone tomorrow" black superstars - take the Bill Russell, Walter Payton, Oscar Robinson, Hank Aaron track when you retire - go write a book, quietly live out your life, dedicate your time to helping others - but just go away.

2547 days ago
7.

Jill    

This man (and I use the term loosely) is getting exactly what he deserved.

2547 days ago
8.

summer love    

I LOVE ISIAH THOMAS!!! HES A LEGEND!!!! SOME WOMEN ALWAYS WANT AN ATLETES MONEY! THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET SOME MONEY THAT IS NOT THEIRS!!!

2547 days ago
9.

Taylor Scott    

Thomas was a great player, but he's been a bungler at every stop since. The Knicks are a circus and Thomas the ringmaster. Get ready, New York, it's going to be another long season.

2547 days ago
10.

Fred    

Crysiaah has always been a punk. This result was very predictable.

2547 days ago
11.

kysauntie    

Thomas' dumb azz is probably the only one surprised about this. Wonder how he would feel if a "black man" call his Mama a bitch or hoe.

2547 days ago
12.

monique    

Good! That's what they get for engaging in that type of despicable behavior.

2547 days ago
13.

undisclosed    

i knew this was going to happen, anyone who goes to the garden can see that this is how they treat anybody, who's not a player, isiah or dolan. there is always that atmosphere even on the guards around the arena. they all know, this was an easy case, the garden has changed a lot in the last 6 yrs., it got worse, in every aspect of it.

2547 days ago
14.

kcjersey    

I thought Isiah was gay?

2547 days ago
15.

Trace    

TO LMAO:

Let's look at Pete Rose - who BETTED on games (he claims not one his team played - but Yeah , we'll GO with that) and correctly received a LIFETIME suspension from baseball. The NBA ref (again a WHITE MAN) who betted on game he Refereed! Bobby Knight - another WHITE MAN would is just a PR%CK - hitting kids, etc....
Look at the Wrestler who MURDERED HIS ENTIRE FAMILY - again A WHITE MAN...

So you see - Black Athletes DON'T HAVE A LOCK ON BAD BEHAVIOR!!!!!

2547 days ago
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