Thomas’ WNBA bid is sus­pended

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - Staff and wire re­ports — Ben Bolch

The WNBA and the New York Lib­erty agreed Mon­day to sus­pend Isiah Thomas’ own­er­ship ap­pli­ca­tion in­def­i­nitely.

Thomas is still pres­i­dent of the team, and he said in an in­ter­view at the start of the sea­son that the two po­si­tions weren’t di­rectly con­nected. WNBA Pres­i­dent Lau­rel J. Richie said when Thomas was f irst hired as pres­i­dent in early May that it was “first and fore­most a team de­ci­sion.”

A for­mer New York Knicks team pres­i­dent, Thomas was the sub­ject of a law­suit by for­mer Madi­son Square Gar­den em­ployee Anucha Browne San­ders that ac­cused him of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing her. The suit cost MSG more than $ 11 mil­lion, but the Hall of Fame player main­tained his in­no­cence and said he was never found per­son­ally li­able.

Danny Ferry of­fi­cially stepped down as gen­eral man­ager of the At­lanta Hawks, three days af­ter re­port­edly agree­ing to a con­tract buy­out. Ferry, speak­ing pub­licly for the f irst time since go­ing on in­def­i­nite leave in Au­gust fol­low­ing racially inf lam­ma­tory com­ments about then- free agent Luol Deng, said watch­ing the Hawks’ 60- win sea­son was “bit­ter­sweet.”

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