Isiah Thomas Handles Women As Well As He Handles ... Well, Everything Else

So, wait ... when Isiah Thomas said if he saw Bill Simmons on the street that "there would be a problem" ... he didn't mean this, did he? Because if he did, we're even more worried for Bill than we were in the first place.

The New York Daily News has the big story this morning: Isiah has been hammered with a sexual harassment lawsuit by a "senior female employee." Actually, she's not just an "employee;" she's Anucha Browne Sanders, the former vice president of marketing whose bio is still up on the Knicks' Web site. She's hardly some opportunistic floozy; she's a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year at Northwestern, she made Sports Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list in 2003 and before coming to the Knicks, she did IBM marketing efforts for 11 years, including spearheading their Atlanta 1996 campaign. She also is married and has three children.

In other words: She's no golddigger.

The lawsuit even says Stephon Marbury got in on the fun, open calling Sanders a "black bitch." But our favorite part involves Thomas working with visiting team hotels and encouraging them to push opponents toward strip clubs in the area.

Frankly, they're extremely damaging accusations from a seemingly credible source. It's possible matters in the Garden are as bad off the court as they are on. And that's pretty bad.

Knicks' Thomas In Harass Suit [NY Daily News]
Anucha Browne Sanders Bio [Knicks.com]
More Trouble For Isiah [The Airing Of Grievances]