Apparently the intern still works for the Garden, in the communications department of its Foundation. She also appeared on the game show "Power of 10" (that's the Drew Carey hosted one on CBS... no, not "The Price is Right"... the other one) last month. But this is the big line:
"Garden lawyers have hinted that Decker could finger Sanders for allegedly forcing her to lodge the internal complaint. "
One more note in the Knicks' trial: Today's Daily News headline is "Sex book bombshell rocks Garden". Here's how they reported it:
"The fired Knicks honcho claims she told her Madison Square Gardens bosses in 2005 that members of the Rangers' front office were keeping a Kama Sutra wishlist they would like to try out on members of the team's on-ice cheerleading troupe."
Here's the actual exchange from the court transcript:
[Lawyer for plaintiff Sanders, Kevin Mintzer]: "Ms. Browne Sanders received information from her staff...there had been some book being maintained by some Rangers executives that reflected sexual positions and things like that that they were interested in keeping track of versus what they wanted from what skater... She was aware from one of her staff members that supposedly the book existed."
[Lawyer for the defendant MSG, Ronald Green]: "The Rangers situation has nothing to do with Browne Sanders. It's a different team."
The Judge agreed with the Garden. He upheld their objection, and that was the end of that discussion.
So there you go. Now, here is my questions for the local newspapers, particularly the Daily News:
-Why are you leading today's paper, and its front page headline, with testimony that wasn't even admissible in the trial according to the judge? Isn't that somewhat journalistically irresponsible?
-Which is more damaging to the everyday life of the intern mentioned in this proceeding?:
a) Having consensual sex with Stephon Marbury?
b) Having your former colleague (Browne Sanders) publicly throw you under the bus for her own gain?
c) Having the local newspapers (both the Post and Daily News) splash your name on the internet, along with other important information (age, school) so that everyone you know is now aware that you had sex with Marbury?
Another example: It's been written in several newspaper accounts that "Marbury poked fun at a reporter about his shoes and attire" as he left court on Wednesday. Here's the transcript according to one reporter who was there:
"I like your shoes," Steph said, launching into a running monologue as we media jackals followed him in a pack. "Comfortable? Better than heels, sure, especially with the way the hills are here."
"Are you teasing me?" the reporter asked.
"No! I said I liked them. How is that teasing?" asked Steph, flashing the big smile that he likes to save for TV cameras and his cable talk show.
Oh man. That was vicious, Stephon! Or maybe it was... earnest? Honest? Point being, you aren't being presented the details of the exchange in most media accounts, but rather their opinion of it.
Similarly, you're hearing about Marbury's sexual encounter (which is of no relevance to the case - like today's headline-making exchange, the judge disallowed it). You're not hearing that this whole incident - including the headline making alleged comment by Marbury's cousin about Anucha ("I bet your p*ssy looks good, too") - all took place way outside of the office, so it isn't necessarily relevant to the trial itself. It took place at the then-21 year old intern's birthday celebration, which was at an unnamed strip club.
Or that the sex episode took place in Marbury's truck, outside her dorm. In other words, we are being told that she allegedly felt pressured to have, what she deemed "consensual sex", when she was at home already? With a guy whose pressure consisted of supposedly asking her "if she was going to get in or not"? Why? What pressure? Because she might get fired from her... internship?!?
On the flip side, here is some interesting testimony from Court TV's account):
"Please let him know that I am not comfortable with his touching at all," the e-mail stated.
Browne Sanders said she never got a reply to that e-mail either.
At that point, Browne Sanders said, she started asking her employees for documentation about all sexually harassing incidents.
"I wanted to make sure [Mills] addressed all of my concerns," she said. "I wanted to have a record."
Now that's what I've been wondering about! If she felt she was being harassed, did she try to get documentation of it? Apparently she is claiming she did. So where is the documentation? Where are the e-mails? Are they part of the evidence in the trial?
Shortly after her meeting with Garden executives, Browne Sanders said she was told not to come back to her job because the Garden was going to investigate her claims. A letter dated Dec. 10, 2005, requested that she meet with representatives from human resources.
"But then they said they wanted me to take a vacation," she said. "Then they told me they didn't want me to come back until further notice."
Those last comments were stricken by the judge after a lengthy sidebar with lawyers from all the parties.
That again does not bode well for Sanders' case.
Finally, some more interesting testimony from the case:
When Green asked why she hadn't ever complained to human resources if she felt she was being sexually harassed, Browne Sanders denied that was true.
"No, I went to the highest ranking official in Madison Square Garden," she said, referring to Mills.
Browne Sanders denied ever calling Thomas a thug, but said she might have called his behavior "thuggish."
She also denied ever making claims that Thomas was all ego."No," she testified. "I think we all know that."
At the end of the day, I think no one is coming out of this looking good - not Sanders, not Isiah, not Dolan and the front office of the Knicks. Not the intern nor Marbury. Even though I feel the worst for the two of them - they seem to have very little to do with this trial. But the local media isn't interested in covering the "trial"... they are apparently only interested in getting whatever details they can that will allow them to put the Garden into as bad a light as possible.
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