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Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 1:10 pm  |  25 responses

Sources: Warriors Face Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations


by Irv Soonachan / @SidelineOB

A little over a week after a former Golden State Warriors official sued the team for sexual harassment and wrongful termination, SLAMonline has learned the Warriors have faced other allegations of sexual harassment since majority owner Joe Lacob completed his purchase of the team in November, 2010.

One of the accusers has since left the Warriors and is now employed by a separate NBA franchise. Sources have also informed SLAMonline that at least two other former Warriors employees accusing the team of sexual harassment during Lacob’s ownership have settled their cases.

Sources say that the departure of one Warriors employee was related to suggestive communications involving a member of the Golden State’s executive staff.

In the complaint filed last week, former Director of Community Relations Erika Smith alleged that leading scorer Monta Ellis sent her 61 unwanted text messages over a 30-day period ending Dec. 16, 2010. The messages, some of which were revealed by Smith at a press conference last week, included many of a sexual nature. Smith claims she was afraid of confronting the team’s best player and hoped to defuse the situation by offering neutral responses such as, “I’m sleeping,” and “What do you want.” Her complaint also alleges that she was fired after informing team officials that a local newspaper reporter had contacted her asking if Ellis was “stalking” her.

The Warriors responded with a statement that Smith’s relationship with Ellis was consensual and that her allegations are false.

Smith was disciplined by the Warriors after Ellis complained about her job performance on Dec. 16, 2010. On Dec. 17, 2010, Ellis sent Smith a text message that allegedly included a photo of his genitals. Sources close to the team say a severance package was discussed with Smith as early as February 2011, but that she rejected the team’s offers.

The allegations against the Warriors follow similar charges against employees at the League’s headquarters. A suit filed Dec. 13 by former NBA Security Director Warren J. Glover claims he repeatedly warned NBA officials about sexual harassment within League offices in New York, and that he was fired for his position on the matter. Glover had previously provided sworn testimony in the sexual harassment case of his former administrative assistant, Annette Smith. Smith settled her suit against the NBA out of court in 2009.

When presented with the complete information contained in this article, the Warriors issued the following response: “We stand by our previous statement. The Golden State Warriors take seriously any allegations of harassment. We will vigorously defend the reputation of the Warriors organization.”

The full text of the Warriors’ previous statement from Dec. 21 is available here.

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  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “good times” *Adam Corolla voice*

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “your doing the Lords work Montay” *Adam Corolla voice*

  • Warriors

    What the he ll were you thinking? *Dr. Phil voice*

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    Why do dudes think it’s a good idea to send photo’s of their junk? I can’t understand this…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^seriously….. Never has crossed my mind. How does that benefit a guy. Bi*ch if you wanna see my junk see it LIVE!

  • charliewinning

    Waiting to see how many meatheads comment about how the women are all lying wh*res, or that somehow it’s their fault that they were harassed. “Damn golddiggin hoez shouldn’t have been walkin around those ballers w/ t*tties & *sses on.”

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    NBA where harassment happens!

  • dma

    i love that millionaires think that because they’re rich, they can pretty much get away with everything. oh wait, they can.

  • AQWORD

    LOL

  • Mas

    Monta Ellis AKA Isaiah Thomas II

  • FaQ2

    Sending photos of his “junk” via email?

    Brings new meaning to junk mail.

  • Slim

    Other than the Warrior girls being asked to private events by the new owners douchebag son, I only see this as more media fodder to heat up a weak case against the Warriors within the Monta situation.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    Seems like it was an ongoing issue within the organization. At least gorilla face wasn’t involved.

  • http://leipzig-eagles.de/ Speedy

    Stupid guys!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd16MTKpH5k ab40

    that’s aba stuff. I bet monta has watched semi-pro a bit too much lately. Love me sexy is probably the dudes soundtrack

  • val

    The owner’s 23-year-old son gets a big name job with the team and acts even younger than he is. Loser among losers. What a mess.

  • MikeC.

    If the cheerleaders are allowed to dance at unofficial functions, and no actual harassment occurred, how is that a problem? I don’t get why doing a consensual performance is a story

  • qwerty

    only website where i read this news. wonder why it is not reported in other basketball websites?

  • charliewinning

    @ MikeC: Everything has to be spelled out for ya? It’s a problem if they were made to feel they were obligated to do so or risk job security. That sounds like intimidation and harassment. I don’t buy some 23 year old rich kid who happens to be the owner’s son politely asked the cheerleaders to “perform” for his golf buddies.

  • http://n/a leagle eagle

    If any of the allegations are remotely true then the warrior management in question may very well have a track record of similar occurences. In this culture given the ecomomy and ‘law suit 1st’ nature of most people today how dumb can the be.

  • Yesse

    LMAO at ab40.

  • http://slamonline.com the nerve

    hell i show broads my shtt all tha damn time. straight jungle shti my nicka. yall n1ggas aint ready 4 tha real yo.

  • MikeC.

    @charliewinning – I didn’t say it wasn’t a sleazy scumbag move. I was saying that that particular set of circumstances didn’t sound illegal to me. Texting pictures of your dingdong to someone that doesn’t want to see it is harassment. Until a Warrior cheerleader actually says that she was pressured into performing for the sleazy golf crew, then it shouldn’t be mentioned alongside the provable harassment.

  • charliewinning

    And you’ve determined this after having read all the complaints and heard testimony from all parties mentioned? Surely your assumed legal expertise would tell you that what is “provable” and not “provable” in determined by the courts if and only if attorneyss from both sides fail to come to an agreement on a settlement. And, naturally you know that coercion actually IS illegal (not saying that’s what happened). Some would label pressuring the cheerleaders as a form of coercion, if that actually was alleged. I highly doubt it was mentioned for no reason. Lastly, I’m sure you are also aware that something doesn’t actually have to be illegal in order for a lawsuit to be successful. After all, most harrassment cases don’t involve criminal charges.

  • MikeC.

    Until a Warrior dancer actually says it happened, it’s hearsay. I read the articles SLAM links to, and at no point are any dancers quoted as saying that they are involved in any harassment suits. Until that happens, it’s just gossip and not relevant.

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