I’ll say this much for for the ongoing MSG sexual harassment trial — James Dolan, Isiah Thomas and Steve Mills have done their best to take the heat off the Mets bullpen. Today’s lurid revelations come courtesy of the New York Daily News’ Thomas Zambito :
Former Knicks assistant coach Jeff Nix (above), who worked for the team for 15 years until he was fired last month, testified he was present when Isiah Thomas called Anucha Browne Sanders a “bitch” and “ho.”
He recalled a 2004 meeting in which he quoted Thomas as telling Browne Sanders: “Don’t forget, you f””” bitch, I’m the president of this f””” team.”
Nix, who served under eight head coaches including Thomas, said Browne-Sanders told him of an incident that same year in which Thomas allegedly hugged Browne Sanders and professed his love for her.
He said Browne Sanders pulled away from Thomas at “the end of a hug” which occurred in a hall off the Garden floor and later told him: “I saw Anucha pushing away from Isiah,” Nix testified.
He said he caught up to her a few minutes later when he says Browne Sanders told him: “You’re not going to believe what (Thomas) just said…. He said I’m in love with you. It’s like “Love and Basketball.”
In November 2005, he learned that Garden president Steve Mills had allegedly told Brown Sanders that Thomas would float rumors of she and Nix were having an affair if she pursued sexual harassment charges against the Garden.
“I was angry,” Nix told jurors. “I said Steve Mills is a f—ing liar.”
On cross examination, Garden lawyer Ronald Green Green cast Nix as a close ally of former Knick president Scott Layden and suggested his testimony was influenced by his dislike of Thomas.
Nix denied suggestions that his appearance as a witness for Brown Sanders was payback for his firing and the demotion that preceded that.