Marquis, to put it bluntly, is so pissed off at the idea that she has written an open letter criticizing Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, for its hiring of Thomas. You can read WHY below.
“How Stupid is Stupid?”
To my fellow New York Liberty supporters, just when you thought you might go back and see a Liberty women’s pro basketball game, James Dolan, the chairman of Cablevision, the parent company of Madison Square Garden and the NY Knicks, names Isiah Thomas to be the new President of the NY Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas is also being offered the option to buy a part of the NY Liberty team at some point in the near future. [NY Times, May 5, 2015, Sports, “James Dolan Gives an Executive Another Shot, Deserved or Not”].
This is the same Isiah Thomas who a Federal District Court jury ruled had sexually harassed then NY Knicks President, Anucha Browne, a woman. She was awarded $11.6 million in punitive damages paid by MSG and James Dolan.
This is the new President of the NY Liberty of the WNBA?
Evidently Dolan and CableVision have no respect for women or the women’s game or what we have built. I’m all done AGAIN with the Liberty. They almost had me. But they are helping me to stay on budget and away from women’s pro basketball all together.
I can’t wait till the NY Liberty SALES REP calls saying they have a great season subscription for me. I am gladly going to tell them to buzz off. Don’t EVER call me again. Any company that would hire a convicted sexual harasser to oversee the women’s team is too stupid to receive any of my support and money.
Ugh. Disgusting. All done, again.
Gail A. Marquis, USA Olympic Champion
& Former NY Liberty Season Ticketholder
Gail Marquis is a USA Olympic Champion, Silver Medalist and a member of the first ever, women’s Olympic Basketball Team. She is a trailblazer in women’s basketball having competed professionally in France and the United States. As a Financial Services Professional, Gail serves on the boards of The Queens College Foundation (New York), Wellesley Center for Women (Massachusetts) and the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame among other institutions.
She is a 10-time Hall of Famer and a 10-time recipient of numerous lifetime and business visionary awards. Gail resides in New Jersey and New York with her wife, Audrey Smaltz.