Jury Awards Sanders $11.6 Million

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts.

New York Knicks haven’t exactly been known for spending their money
wisely over the past decade, and yesterday’s punitive damages verdict
in the Isiah Thomas sexual harassment suit won’t help that image or
their wallets. The jury ordered that the Knicks must pay the defendant,
Anucha Browne Sanders, $11.6 million for harassment and for her
wrongful termination, after team executives turned a blind eye to her
troubles and then fired her from her $260,000-a-year job for

The decision follows a salacious three-week trial that began to culminate with yesterday morning’s guilty verdict
for Thomas and the MSG owners, and then finished when the jury returned
in the afternoon to dole out the amount owed. Following the jury’s
decision, Sanders praised the justice system. “What I did here, I did
for every working woman in America,” she said. “And that includes
everyone who gets up and goes to work in the morning, everyone that
aspires to work in a corporate environment.”

On the other side, Thomas expressed his dismay with the decision but
assured everyone that he was innocent and that he will continue to
fight. “I’m innocent, very innocent, and I did not do the things she
has accused me in this courtroom of doing,” he said. “I’m extremely
disappointed that the jury did not see the facts in this case. I will
appeal this, and I remain confident in the man that I am and what I
stand for and the family that I have.” Of course, Thomas also assured
us that he’d turn the Knicks into winners, and so far, he has yet to
deliver on that promise, so I’m more than a little skeptical about his
claim of innocence.