When Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan announced that former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was taking over the New York Liberty as president and co-owner, it seemed like a joke at first, since a civil trial jury determined Thomas was guilty of sexually harassing a female Knicks executive, calling her a "bitch" and telling her that he loved her, resulting in the Knicks forking over $11.6 million. Now the WNBA has decided to "suspend consideration" of Thomas's application as co-owner.

In a statement, the women's basketball league said, "After further discussion and with the season underway, the WNBA and the New York Liberty have agreed to suspend consideration of Isiah Thomas’ application for an ownership interest in the Liberty until further notice. The process will resume at a future time as determined by the Liberty."

Thomas had said, "I’ve always maintained my innocence, I’ve moved on from that, our organization has moved on from that. I’ve lived my life. If you go and look back the way I’ve lived my life and the people who have dealt with me personally, I’m proud of the way I live my life and I’m proud of the man that I stand here today before you."

The NY Times' Michael Powell wrote last month that the re-hiring of Thomas in the MSG family was fine, "particularly if you’ve suffered catastrophic memory loss."

“We did not believe the allegations then and we don’t believe them now,” the statement [from MSG] noted. “We feel strongly that Isiah Thomas was held responsible for sordid allegations that were completely unrelated to him, and for which M.S.G. bore responsibility.”

Several problems arise here. The facts of the Browne harassment case are no longer “allegations.” A jury verdict is not a friendly tap on your shoulder or advice whispered in your ear. You appeal a verdict or accept it, at which point, like freshly poured concrete, it quickly hardens into accepted fact.

After the verdict, Dolan and Thomas made a show of suggesting that the jury was gullible and that they would appeal. “I’m very innocent,” Thomas said immediately afterward, tapping his chest for emphasis. “I will appeal.”

He did not.

After the 2007 decision, Browne Sanders told NPR how Thomas said he thought it was less offensive for a black man to call a black woman a bitch than for a white man to say that to a black woman. She said, "This behavior and the conduct and what took place at Madison Square Garden is unacceptable, and it should be unacceptable for everybody."

Last month, she Tweeted this: