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Thursday, September 27, 2007
The Language of the Isiah Thomas Trial
David Segal of the Washington Post has an excellent piece today on the Isiah Thomas sexual harassment trial ("Knicks Coach Isiah Thomas Takes Center Stage," Sept. 27, 2007; Page C01).
I was interviewed by Segal for the story, which examines the nature and styles of language found in the trial.
Here is an excerpt from Segal's piece:
With Zen-like serenity and a choirboy's smile, former basketball star and current New York Knicks coach and President Isiah Thomas took the stand Wednesday in a sexual harassment suit filed by a former employee, giving him the chance to share a few thoughts on some choice words. For instance: "I don't think it's appropriate for any man -- black, white, green or purple -- to call a woman a bitch."
Segal asked me what I thought David Stern's reaction would be to Thomas being found civilly liable:
Stern will "be outraged if we end up with a finding of sexual harassment," says Michael McCann, a sports law professor at Mississippi College School of Law. "He's been trying in recent years to regulate the maturity level of the league -- with a dress code, with an age eligibility requirement for the draft -- and maybe that maturity level will have to extend beyond the locker room."For the rest of the story, click here.