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Anucha Browne Sanders v. Madison Square Garden, L.P.,
Isiah Thomas, and James L. Dolan

N.Y. Knicks’s Executive's Sexual Harrasment and Discrimination
Lawsuit Against Coach Isiah Thomas, the Team's Corporate Owner, and its CEO

July 25, 2006

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  • Anne C. Vladeck, Sanders’ Co-Counsel
  • Kevin Mintzer, Sanders’ Co-Cousnel
  • Ronald Green, the Knicks’ Lead Lawyer
  • Laurie Berke-Weiss, Thomas’ Co-Counsel
  • Kathleen L. Bogas, Thomas’ Co-Counsel
  • Sexual Harassment Lawyers

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  • Anucha Browne Sanders, a former high level marketing executive for the New York Knicks basketball team's owner, Madison Square Garden, L.P. ('MSG'), sued the Knick's Coach Isiah Thomas, MSG and CEO James Dolan for sexual harassment, retaliatory termination from her job, and related claims.

    Sanders maintained that "[c]ontrary to Thomas’ carfully cultivated public persona, he is capable of abhorrent behavior in private," from being "hostile and abusive" to dispalying "harassing and unwelcome conduct" replete with numerous sexual advances.

    Sanders alleged that at one point, Thomas disclosed that his "'basketball strategy' includ[ed] getting opposing teams drunk at strip clubs."

    On October 2, 2007, a federal jury rendered a verdict in favor of Sanders, but the judge decalared a mistrial on whether Thomas should pay her damages. The jury will continue deliberating what punitive and compensatory damages other defendants may have to pay her.

    Parental advisory: A number of the allegations are graphic, derogatory and obscene, and likely to be inappropriate for most minors.


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