In 2007, Anucha Browne’s filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Madison Square Garden and Isiah Thomas. And on the heels of Thomas being hired as the president of the WNBA’s Liberty, Browne is speaking out. Browne, who won an $11.6 million jury award in her case, released a statement about comments made by MSG and Thomas in 2008 response to the verdict.
“In an attempt to re-write history, the Garden has issued a Statement about Anucha Browne Sanders’ (the name she went by during the case) lawsuit against MSG, Dolan and Thomas that is, at best, misleading and, at worst, a fabrication,” read Browne’s statement, issued through her lawyer, Anne Vladeck. “For example, the Garden describes what occurred to Browne Sanders as mere ‘allegations’ and further claims that these ‘allegations’ were “completely unrelated to (Thomas). While it is not our practice to issue statements to respond to or correct the many erroneous comments over the years, the Garden’s recent statement is so beyond what any truthful report could say, that the record needs to be corrected. Sadly, it appears that those who do not learn from the past will be condemned to repeat it.”
In 2008, MSG and Thomas stated:
“We did not believe the allegations then, and we don’t believe them now. We feel strongly that the jury improperly and unfairly held Isiah Thomas responsible for sordid allegations that were completely unrelated to him, and for which MSG bore responsibility,” the statement read. “In fact, when given the opportunity, the jury did not find Isiah liable for punitive damages, confirming he did not act maliciously or in bad faith. We believe Isiah belongs in basketball, and are grateful that he has committed his considerable talent to help the Liberty succeed.”
Browne accused Thomas of demeaning her and calling her a b*tch and ho.
It’s interesting to see that now Thomas will be head of a team full of women.
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