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#1 Oct 30, 2007
You are on the money with this commentary. David Stern's handling of the league is a joke. Instead of putting players "in their place" by making them wear sport coats to games, it would be better for the league to have them wear team paraphenalia during the games. However, the Almighty Stern has to show the players that they are rich because of him and that they should bow down and kiss his rings.
I couldn't tell you how he justifies turning a blind eye to referees being linked to gambling and organized crime while he suspends players who look out for their teammates. These are the things that happen when the wrong people are in charge.
#2 Oct 30, 2007
Nixing The Law
Since the sexual harassment verdict against the New York Nicks was handed down in the Anucha Browne Sanders case, I have picked up snippets of dialogue and commentary to the affect that the organization’s leaders plan to appeal the verdict, and have no plans to take disciplinary action against the employees involved. The Nicks’ untenable posture in the sexual harassment mater takes on political and social implications far beyond what Isiah Thomas and his cohort, James Dolan have been held liable for doing…or not doing.
The Nicks’ position send several messages: First of all, tolerating reproachable conduct of Thomas and Dolan totally invalidates and devalues the very credible testimony of the victim, as well as the years of work that has gone into the development of this area of civil right law and legislation. Secondly, it rubberstamps consistently deteriorating standards of social conduct by many (but certainly, not all) professional athletes, their higher-ups, and frankly, the public, in general.
Several years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the employers have an affirmative duty to prevent and correct sexual harassment. Typically, prevention comes in the nature of a clearly articulated sexual harassment policy, training for management and staff, and posted warnings throughout the workplace. Likewise, correction comes in the form of disciplinary action in some form or another.
Why would the Nicks allow its employees to think it’s OK to engage in conduct that brought down the all-powerful Don Imus? Thomas did not deny that he addressed Sanders in a derogatory manner. Yet, the Nicks sees no reason to address his malfeasance.
Why wouldn’t lower level employees feel empowered to model this behavior?
Why wouldn’t someone in middle management think it is Ok to fire someone for leveling a civil rights charge?
According to Tim Franks, the NBA’s vice-president of basketball communications, the league does not punish employees for matters which are civil in nature, as opposed to criminal. NBA Commissioner, David Stern said that he would not impose discipline until all appeals have been exhausted. The requirement to discipline has nothing to do with verdicts and appeals. If there is reason to believe that something amiss occurred, the Nicks organization has a duty to take action. The Nicks and the NBA could do themselves and their image a favor and listen to counsel and re-think their approach to employee relations, or face more of the same. After all, potential plaintiffs now know, that the Nicks have nixed the law.
#3 Oct 30, 2007
Maybe David Stern and his crony, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who used to work in the NBA office, should retire. Does anyone notice how either is treated when they're introduced anymore?
#4 Oct 30, 2007
Amen to that Mr. Steele, amen to that. David Stern not only made the NBA the best of all the major sports leagues back in the early/mid 90s, but he has destroyed it now. I'd rather watch WWE than NBA basketball these days, atleast Vince McMahon isn't going to deny that the results to his product are fixed. The NBA has turned into a loooooooong boring season with guys nursing injuries and playing at a 50% level followed by the post season "free-throw shooting contests" that are the playoffs
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