...now coach and general manager of the New York Knicks, is defending himself in a sexual harassment suit filed by a former team employee, Anucha Browne Sanders.
The particulars of the case aside, Thomas made some comments regarding the situational propriety of using of the word "bitch", to wit:
# Isiah Thomas Full Deposition
Thomas said he never used the word “bitch” during phone conversation with Browne Sanders. He admitted to using the “f word” during conversation with her, but Thomas said it was not directed toward her.
Thomas later said that it was more highly offensive for a white man to call a black woman a "bitch" than a black male using the same language.
“Maybe I’m not supposed to go here, but I’m going to go here anyway,” Thomas said. “A white man calling a black female [a bitch]; it’s on with me too. I’m not tolerating that. I’m not accepting that…that’s a problem for me, screw this [New York Knicks’ code of conduct].”
When later asked in he thought a black man calling a black woman a bitch was offensive, Thomas added: “Not as much, and I’m sorry to say, I do make a distinction…A white male calling a black female a bitch is highly offensive.”
Outside of court Monday, Thomas acknowledged his taped statement regarding a distinction between a white and black male calling a woman a “bitch.”
“Please don’t mischaracterize the video that was shown in court today,” Thomas said. “I don’t think it’s right for any man to ever call a woman a bitch. I didn’t do it, and I wouldn’t do it.”
On the tape Thomas said he was not attracted to Browne Sanders.
We've recently had some discussion in the Drawing Room on this very topic.
I find it curious that Thomas later (outside the court) tried to deflect any further notice of that part of his testimony as a potential "mis-characterization" of his words.
Personally, if I thought a woman was a bitch, and felt the need to broadcast the fact, I would do so unfettered by the skin color of the bitch in question, although if I turned to see Isaiah Thomas looking on, I might feel compelled to tell him that while I felt it necessary to use the word, I didn't mean it the way a black man would.