The WNBA season starts in a month. It is the 19th go-round for the woman’s hoop circuit in the States.
It doesn’t get a lot of run. The last couple of weeks could be a good test of the old saying; any publicity is good publicity for the WNBA.
First there was league first team all-star Brittney Griner and fiancé/fellow player Glory Johnson (pictured) being arrested at their Arizona home. The 24-year-olds were both charged with assault and disorderly conduct. The league is still investigating. The charges against Griner will be dismissed if she completes 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling.
Today it was announced Isiah Thomas would become the part-owner and president of the NY Liberty. The Liberty is owned by the NBA’s NY Knicks.
He will once again work under CEO James Dolan, his pal.
Thomas was the former president, general manager and coach of the Knickerbockers last decade. He took a playoff team down to the basement of the standings, while at the same time increasing New York’s payroll to the largest in the NBA.
Oh and one pretty major item. Eight years ago Thomas was found guilty of sexually harassing a fellow Knicks executive. The owners were ordered to pay the former employee $11.6 million dollars. Dolan testified on behalf of Thomas.
Today, the Knicks took the word classy to a new level by releasing a statement saying the jury made the incorrect decision eight years ago.
No wonder the Knicks are poster franchise for dysfunction.
The WNBA still has to approve Thomas as an owner.
They are sending a hell of a message to their young fans on the domestic violence and discrimination fronts.
Neither case will bring in fans. Let’s put it in the bad publicity column.