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Newsmakers: Isiah Thomas Hit Hard Over Harassment Lawsuit
Published January 27, 2006
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LOSE: ISIAH THOMAS Embattled Knicks President in the middle of an ugly “he said/she said” after ANUCHA BROWNE SANDERS, the team’s former marketing exec, accuses him of sexual harassment. The allegations provide sexy fodder for the New York tabloids, which have responded with full-page coverage on the front and back pages. Look for a continued PR battle, as both Thomas/MSG and Sanders are likely to bring in the top hired guns to soil the other.
DRAW: NIKE The long shadow of Founder PHIL KNIGHT is never more prevalent than this week as WILLIAM PEREZ’s 14-month tenure ends abruptly when Knight and Co. ask for his resignation. A rare public exchange follows, in which Knight claims Perez didn’t understand the Nike brand and business, while Perez claims Knight was a less-than-supportive player. Nike and Knight are honest about a return to company roots, but the stigma around the “Nike culture” returns.