In October 2007, a Manhattan jury ruled in her favor, agreeing with her allegation that the team “improperly fired her for complaining about the unwanted advances,” the New York Times reported at the time.
It should be noted that the jury could not come to an agreement over whether Thomas himself — and not the team — should pay Browne Sanders for the damages she suffered. Two months after the verdict, the two sides reached an $11.5 million settlement, with the team and not Thomas writing the check.
Thomas has steadfastly denied Browne Sanders’s allegations.
Since that time, Isiah has been advising the team, and we are very pleased with the results. He has overseen the strengthening of our coaching staff, with the return of three-time WNBA Champion head coach Bill Laimbeer and the hiring of Herb Williams as assistant coach, as well as our recent free agent signings, draft strategy, trade for Epiphanny Prince and the return of Liberty legend, Teresa Weatherspoon. Now, we’ve agreed that it is time for him to take a lead role with the team as president, and through his ownership interest. He’s an excellent judge of talent, and I’m confident that he will put all of his energy and experience into making the Liberty a perennially competitive and successful team.
Laimbeer was Thomas’s teammate on the Detroit Pistons teams that won back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. The Liberty has gone 26-42 in Laimbeer’s two seasons as coach.