SBD/Issue 33/Franchises

Stern Has No Immediate Plans To Punish Thomas, Dolan

NBA Could Punish Thomas Following
Conclusion Of Harassment Appeal
NBA Commissioner David Stern has “no immediate plans to punish” Knicks President of Basketball Operations & coach Isiah Thomas or MSG Chair James Dolan as a result of the Knicks being found liable in former exec Anucha Browne Sanders’ sexual harassment lawsuit, according to Frank Isola of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. However, Stern is “not closing the door entirely on penalizing Thomas and Dolan once the appeal process plays itself out” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/26). Stern called reports that he is considering asking Cablevision Chair Charles Dolan to limit his son's role at MSG “completely fabricated.” Stern “did not admonish Dolan in front of his fellow owners" during Thursday's BOG meeting in N.Y., but he "acknowledged having ‘a number of frank and open discussions’ with [him] during the past year.” After the meeting, Stern “did admonish the Knicks for the public embarrassment stemming from” the harassment lawsuit. Stern: “Show up, play the game, treat your customers well and reconnect. Because it’s a great and storied franchise with a historically good relationship with its fans. And I know they want to maintain that connection and prove that they’re worthy of their fans’ support” (NEWSDAY, 10/26).

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