Former NBA legend Isiah Thomas was named president of the New York Liberty WNBA team last month, and as part of the deal, he was also granted an ownership stake in the team. But the league has suspended Thomas’ bid for part ownership pending the findings of a special committee appointed to vet Thomas. He has a checkered past in his post-playing days. Not only was he wildly unsuccessful as the head coach of the New York Knicks, a federal jury found that he had sexually harassed Anucha Brown, a female executive who was with the Knicks at the time he was coach. She won an $11.5 million payout. Laurel J. Richie, the league’s president, reportedly said, “We had begun and were working our way through the vetting process and, through discussions we had with the committee and the Liberty, we reached the decision that we would suspend the application at this point in time.” Thomas will continue as the team’s president as the WNBA has no jurisdiction over the hiring of employees.
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