Tell us more about this war on women.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) May 5, 2015
There’s tone-deaf, then there’s clueless Democrat operative Donna Brazile.
The announcement Tuesday that Isiah Thomas is back working for Madison Square Garden — albeit strictly for the WNBA’s New York Liberty for now — is no surprise at all, really. Most close observers know Thomas never really lost influence at the Garden even after the NBA decreed in 2010 that he could not consult for the Knicks because he was coaching at the collegiate level at the time (Florida International).
He has always had the ear of James L. Dolan, the Cablevision/MSG czar and principal owner of the Liberty and Knicks — sometimes against all reason.
And Thomas has always had a Rasputin-like knack for survival, gliding from one job or controversy to the next talking about fresh starts, unfair raps and the out-of-the-box vision he has for turning also-rans into winners.
But even for Dolan, this move takes guts. Few professional sports owners would choose to give a second act to a man who a jury found to have sexually harassed a female Garden employee — let alone put him in charge running the Garden’s women’s professional basketball team.
But that’s what Dolan has done with this move.
Thomas has been on a bit of an image-repair tour since leaving the Knicks amid criticism that he disgraced the franchise in 2007 when a jury found that he sexually harassed Anucha Browne Sanders, a former team executive. The jury also ruled that the Garden improperly fired her for complaining about the unwanted advances and awarded Sanders $11.6 million in damages.
(The jury couldn’t agree whether Thomas or MSG should write the check to Browne Sanders. The two sides eventually reached a settlement where MSG and Dolan paid $11.5 million in damages.)
After Brazile tweeted her idiocy some folks reacted:
@donnabrazile wait… That trash was found guilty of sexually harassing a woman and u think this is a good thing??
— Insane Ninja (@NirvanaSaidSo) May 5, 2015
She sure does.
@donnabrazile You don't see anything wrong with this arrangement?
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 5, 2015
Apparently women are totally cool with this arrangement:
— Leah D. Daughtry (@LeahDaughtry) May 5, 2015
That woman’s bio says she’s the CEO of the 2016 Democrat Convention. You can’t make this stuff up.