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NBA May Investigate Tampering Claim Made Against Thomas
Published January 27, 2006
|NBA To Launch Probe Into
Tampering Claims Against Thomas?
BACK AND FORTH: Meanwhile, in N.Y., Adam Nichols cites a source close to Thomas as saying that Browne Sanders “was offered $250,000 to make her harassment claims disappear,” but she “rejected the deal saying only a $6.5[M] settlement could stop” the lawsuit. The source added that an out-of-court settlement “was now extremely unlikely.” The source: “If they were going to settle, they would have settled before this suit was filed” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/27). But Browne Sanders, in an exclusive interview with Andrea Peysey of the N.Y. POST, said, “That never happened. ... They want this to be about money. Well, I was a high-paid executive” (N.Y. POST, 1/27).
IMPACT ON THOMAS: The N.Y. POST’s Jay Greenburg cites a source as saying that the fact that MSG Chair Jim Dolan “didn’t just pay Browne Sanders to keep quiet ... is indication Dolan wanted this public as an excuse to get rid of Thomas” (N.Y. POST, 1/27). The N.Y. POST’s Marc Berman writes with the lawsuit, it is “unclear Thomas’ empowerment in making any blockbuster trades” before the February 23 deadline. There is “also a question about his standing with other league executives” (N.Y. POST, 1/27).
COVERAGE: NEWSDAY’s Rieber & Logan note the Knicks referred reporters seeking comment on the lawsuit to a PR firm, where a spokesperson said that the Knicks “had nothing more to say about the lawsuit” (NEWSDAY, 1/27). Thomas left the team’s practice yesterday before reporters were allowed access (Mult., 1/27).