Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for a boycott of the Knicks unless coach and General Manager Isiah Thomas issues a formal apology for testifying that it was alright for black men to refer to black women as bitches. Thomas' distinction became public last month after a deposition was released in the sexual harassment suit of Anucha Browne Sanders. The female executive was suing the Knicks organization after she was fired while accusing the team, and Thomas, of sexually harassing her. Thomas testified that it was okay for black men to refer to black women as bitches, while he considered it less acceptable for white men to do so. Sharpton objected:
"We are calling on him to apologize because of what came out during the deposition . . . when he said it was all right for black men to call black women 'bitches.'"
The discrimination lawsuit is becoming a neverending headache for the Knicks organization. Sanders was awarded $11.6 million after suing the team when she was fired. Now Sharpton is threatening to boycott Madison Square Garden unless an apology is issued by Thomas. The Knicks have been terrible recently. Last season the team went 33-49, despite one of the highest payrolls in the league. The last time they reached the playoffs was in 2004 when they were swept in the first round by the Nets.
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