Why in the world is James Dolan allowing this Isiah Thomas trial to keep moving forward? If you owned a business that was getting dragged through the mud on a daily basis in front of your customer base what would it be worth to you to make it stop? Take into account that said company was part of a larger consortium that is fanatical about its public image and said customer base was being insulted by the people they pay good money to watch play and/or coach. To me it would be worth quite a bit to make it stop, if not for the $10 million asking price then for something close to it that made the whole thing go away. Alas, I'm not James Dolan and we're sure to get more charming missives like the one that Stephon Marbury sent to someone who worked for Anucha Browne Sanders.
"No one likes that black bitch," Marbury told a Sanders underling, according to the Nov. 28, 2005 note. "F - - - that black bitch. She thinks she runs the Knicks. She don't run s- - -. I sell the tickets around here, not her. I put people in seats. This is my team."
And that actually came on a good day for the Knicks defense team. Team President Steve Mills testified that Sanders resigned from her job before the Knicks fired her, making a retaliation charge quite tough to prove, and outlined several ways that she was deficient in her job duties. That basically means that the Knicks were more than willing to keep paying for someone to do a mediocre job, that's their defense actually, and Mills said that when Sanders finally told him about Thomas' improper advances he spoke to Isiah about it. That was in December 2005, just before the Knicks and Sanders parted ways.
I'm not a legal analyst nor am I knowledgeable about the inner workings of the Knick organization but this whole deal needs to go away posthaste. It's clear that this woman, however bad she may have been at her job, was subjected to a difficult working enviornment above and beyond what most reasonable people would accept. Settle this and move onto to the season which actually holds some promise of a positive outcome.