Monday, October 22, 2007

Is Tarvaris Jackson Any Better Than Spurgeon Wynn?

I think he is marginally better than Wynn. Hopefully T Jack is better at reacting to the rush:




And hopefully (if he ever scores again) T Jack will be better at spiking the ball than Kerwin Bell:

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Isiah To Pay Zero, Knicks, MSG and Dolan Get Burned

Oh well, certainly a better investment than the $58MM that they are still required to pay Jerome James, Malik Rose and Quentin Richardson.

In an end to a salacious three-week trial, a jury ordered the owners of the New York Knicks to pay $11.6 million to a former team executive who endured crude insults and unwanted advances from coach Isiah Thomas.
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In a lawsuit filed last January, the 44-year-old Browne Sanders sought $10 million in punitive damages, but the jury was free to deviate from that figure.
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The verdict also means the judge will determine and award compensatory damages in the coming weeks.

The harassment verdict was expected after the jury sent a note to the judge Monday indicating it believed Thomas, the Garden and Dolan sexually harassed Browne Sanders, a married mother of three and former vice president for marketing.

Browne Sanders is currently an associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at the University of Buffalo.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Isiah Thomas Liable For Sexual Harassment

http://www.nypost.com/seven/10022007/news/regionalnews/isiah_thomas_found_guilty_of_s.htm

I have looked on espn.com, cnn.com and nypost.com. All three just use the basic wire service story. How about a little analysis here???

1) No report is made of what the woman's "compensatory damages" were set at by the jury. Wouldn't you think this is a pretty crucial piece of the story to report? She made $260,000 a year. If she has lost 2 years of income, her wage loss is $520,000. What did the jury award? If it didn't make an award, when will that award be made?

2) How about pain and suffering damages? No mention of these. Pain and suffering damages are compensatory in nature. They are not punitive damages. How much was awarded here? No info.

3) Zeke and Madison Square Garden ("MSG") corp. are both found liable for sexual harassment, but only MSG may be liable for punitive damages.

How about reporting the practical impact of this verdict for Zeke? Nope.

The practical impact of this verdict is that the plaintiff is almost certainly never going to seek a dime out of Isiah's actual pocket. She now knows she will get her judgment paid (if she wins on appeal) by MSG. Had she won punitives against Isiah, she probably had the right to bankrupt him by pursuing the punitive damages he would be liable for.

Now, Zeke basically walks away and lets MSG pick up the tab for his screw ups. Classic Isiah. Ask fans of Toronto, Indiana and the CBA what that feels like.

Terrible reporting.

4) I guess that now the "She is too tall to be harassed" defense will not become a staple of sexual harassment defense in years to come....

HM