01.31.06

MSG On Thin Ice – Sex Pest Charges Continue

Posted in Hockey, The Law at 10:42 am by

Lest anyone think that Anucha Browne Sanders is alone in claiming there’s a fucked up working environment at the World’s Most Famous Arena, she’s actually the 2nd person to level such charges at MSG. From the New York Daily News’ Terri Thompson and Michael O’Keefe.

Courtney Prince, once the captain of the Rangers’ cheerleading squad, the NHL’s version of the Knicks City Dancers, says she is hardly surprised that former Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders filed a lawsuit last week accusing Knicks President Isiah Thomas and MSG of sexual harassment and discrimination. In court papers and in her first extended interview about her own sexual harassment lawsuit against the Garden, Prince told the Daily News yesterday that Garden bosses:

– Made arrangements for the skaters to “have drinks with the bosses and guests” at bars near the Garden as part of their job requirements. The bosses repeatedly asked “Who’s loose?” and “Which is the wild one?” One boss told Prince “who he’d want to perform oral sex on” and “who to have sex with from behind.”

– Ignored her complaints that a guest of the Garden, a professional golfer, “came up behind me” and rubbed his sexually aroused body against her at a celebration at a bar. Rangers flack Jason Vogel allegedly told her: “If I was dancing with you, I’d do the same.”

– Ordered skaters to stuff their bras and lose weight.

– Purchased alcohol for skaters who were underage.

– Attacked her character and spread false rumors about her after she warned other skaters not to be alone with certain bosses.

It should be noted that Gothamist was on this one nearly two years ago.

Araton : Blame D’oh-lan!

Posted in Basketball at 1:47 am by

Sparing us an autopsy of last night’s latest Knicks embarrassment — a turnover-crazy, blowout loss to Atlanta that had Larry Brown clearing the bench midway through the 4th quarter — the New York Times’ Harvey Araton wonders how an experienced business dude like James Dolan could’ve allowed the charges against his basketball GM to hit the headlines.

What could James L. Dolan, the Garden’s chairman, have possibly been thinking when he, the person with the last call as the holder of the golden checkbook, instead signed off on the dismissal of Browne Saunders after she filed a complaint within the company against Thomas?

Did his high-powered lawyers really advise Dolan that Browne Sanders had no case in court and could be vanquished without negotiating a suitable severance that would, as the lawyers say, make her whole? Or was Browne Sanders another Jets stadium to spurn, another perceived infidel to slay, another chance for the son of a rich man who wanted to be a rebellious rocker to smash his toy basketball team all over the stage?

When Dolan needed to be a pragmatic manager and chant: “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing,” he opted for his longtime anthem, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” Could he really be so uncompromising and disdainful of the public and his critics that he would destroy Thomas in the interests of defending him, and expose his organization and the N.B.A. to so much residual shame?

Adds the New York Post’s Peter Vescey,

I don’t want to suggest Garden executives are getting a bit paranoid, but after tonight’s State of the Union address, they’ve demanded Isiah get equal time.

Egomaniacal Blogger Nitpicks Over Print Media Exposure

Posted in Internal Affairs, Rock Und Roll, Sports Journalism at 1:30 am by

Nah, not this one.

Rather, I’d like to stress that while Rob Harvilla of the East Bay Express might have the best intentions, I never refered to Mark E. Smith as “psychotic”. Many words come to mind, but “psychotic” is certainly not one of them. For the purposes of setting the record straight, here is the full text of my correspondence with Mr. Harvilla.

i’ll be attending tonight’s warriors/cavs game and assessing the musical content therein, after reading your postings about stern’s complaints re: in-game music, cuban’s silence experiment, etc.

i was wondering if you’d like to comment on this phenomenon as part of my column. do you share stern’s view that “welcome to the jungle” and such has overwhelmed and cheapened the game itself?

Not really. I mean, the game itself is unchanged. I’d prefer to go to a ballgame without that sort of extraneous stuff going on, but people like to be prompted, pumped-up, cajoled, etc. I don’t begrudge them that, nor do I let it influence my enjoyment of the game itself. If I did, I would’ve stopped going years ago.

are there go-to sports tunes (“let’s get retarded/it started,” “rock ‘n’ roll part 2,” etc) you wish would be retired?

hmmm, all of them? Though given that Gary Glitter is compensated each time “Rock’n’Roll Pt. 2” blasts over a stadium tannoy, perhaps the venue operators could substitute The Fall’s “Glam Racket” instead. Few patrons would know the difference, and instead of lining the pockets of a convicted child-sex pest, America’s sporting institutions could lend some financial aid to Mark E. Smith — a great friend and role model to young people all over the world.

are there personal favorite tunes of yours you’d like to see replace those old cliches?

I’ve often thought some of Drunks With Guns’ finest compositions (“Wonderful Subdivision”, especially) would really work for professional football.

is there too much music/distraction at your average sporting event, or not enough?

Generally too much though as I said before, I have no quarrel with anything that turns on other groovy people (said in Rick Moranis voice). However, I think White Sox organist Nancy Faust has performed some unusually inventive and at times, otherworldly interpretations of contemporary hits.

I heard a casio version of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” at an NHL game recently that was vastly superior to the band’s patented Superchunk-minus-the-idiosyncracies formula. So that wasn’t bad.

do you have an opinion regarding the controversial “hot dog cannon”?

I don’t think we should be using it on the Iraqi insurgents, if that’s what you mean.

Chivas USA Acquire Razov

Posted in Football at 1:16 am by

From the AP :

Chivas USA acquired forward Ante Razov, the fourth-leading goal scorer in MLS history, from the MetroStars on Monday for forward Thiago Martins.

Razov (above) has 84 goals in 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and MetroStars. He had seven goals and six assists in 25 games last year with Columbus and the MetroStars.

Martins had three goals and one assist in 22 games last season.

The trade reunites Razov with Chivas USA coach Bob Bradley, who coached him in Chicago from 1998-2002 and a portion of last season.

S.A. Mulls Skipping Future Austrlian Tours

Posted in Cricket, Racism Corner at 1:11 am by

With mounting allegations of players suffering racist abuse, South Africa’s cricket authorities might not send the team back to Australia if incidents continue. From the Independent’s Colin Crompton.

The Cricket South Africa chief executive, Gerald Majola, said: “It is very serious and if it continues, yes, we would look very seriously about whether we return.”

Makhaya Ntini, Garnett Kruger, Herschelle Gibbs and Ashwell Prince, who are black, were targets of racial abuse during the first Test in Perth last month.

“It is not right when a country has a history like ours,” Majola said. “The sad thing is, it has continued around Australia. It hasn’t just been limited to one state or one city.”

Cricket Australia’s chief executive, James Sutherland, said a crackdown on racist fans was planned. “These types of people are not wanted at cricket. If there is a cost-effective method of keeping them out, we will certainly look into it.”

TVNZ’s has more on Cricket Australia’s response.

ricket Australia is considering following the example of European football and devising a register of “undesirable” fans that would be distributed to gate attendants in a bid to stop boorish, racist spectators from entering international venues.

“Though violent behaviour hasn’t been prevalent at international cricket matches this summer, CA chief executive James Sutherland believes the same method could be applied to curb the racist taunting of players by fans, such as that which distressed the South African team,” Fairfax reported on Tuesday.

Sutherland told the newspapers: “Look at the way they address the issue of hooliganism in England.

“We hope we don’t need to get to that stage, but they have been successful in keeping undesirable people out of grounds,” he said.

Unless Sutherland is refering to the Premiership clubs’ practice of pricing tickets beyond the means of many of their fans, it is hard to fathom what he’s talking about.

01.30.06

Mets’ 4th String Catcher Unveiled

Posted in Baseball at 10:56 pm by

Young hopeful Jeff Wilpon (above) gets a head start on Spring Training, flanked by Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran. Not did the Mets choose to not offer Mike Piazza a contract, but they’ll save plenty of cash in ’06 by not issuing Wilpon a uniform, catcher’s mask, chest protector, etc.

A link to the Wilpon photo op was culled from Metsblog, who noted this evening that HBO’s “Real Sports” is preparing a segment on the unique throwing mechanics of former Mets catcher Mackey Sasser (above).

Where’s Court TV When We Really Need It?

Posted in The Law at 10:43 pm by

From MSNBC :

DEDHAM, Mass. – A dominatrix was acquitted of manslaughter charges Monday in the death of a man who allegedly suffered a fatal heart attack while strapped to a replica of a medieval torture device.

The jury in Norfolk Superior Court deliberated for eight hours over two days before finding Barbara Asher, 56, not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and dismemberment.

During his closing argument, prosecutor Robert Nelson re-enacted the bondage session that allegedly killed Michael Lord, of North Hampton, N.H., in July 2000.

Donning a leather mask and speaking to the jury through the zippered mouth, he said Asher did nothing to help Lord as he flailed about and died while strapped to the rack in a makeshift “dungeon” in Asher’s Quincy condominium.

“She did nothing, nothing for five minutes,” Nelson said, his voice muffled through the mask.

It was Nelson’s theatrical closing that provided the most dramatic moments of the trial.

The prosecutor pointed and hollered at Asher. He dumped a box full of hoods, collars and paddles onto a table, and proclaimed that Asher was trying to protect her business.

“That’s why she didn’t call the police,” he said.

With both hands, he reached back and clutched the top of a blackboard to simulate Lord being strapped to the rack.

He paused as his head hung forward as if to simulate Lord’s alleged death.

Page objected, and Norfolk Superior Court Judge Charles Grabau agreed.

“That’s enough, Mr. Nelson,” the judge said. “Thank you for your demonstration.”