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Isiah Thomas Expected Backlash Over Role With Liberty, Insists He Is "Activist For Equality"

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 22 / 15

WNBA Liberty President and co-Owner Isiah Thomas said that he expected his hiring to be "met with furor because of the sexual harassment trial" in which MSG was ordered to pay more than $11M in damages, according to Marc Berman of the N.Y. POST. But Thomas has told friends for years that he "never f...

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07/11/97
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07/11/97
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