Archive for December 27th, 2007

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Knicks Will Fight Steph Grievance

Knicks Rumors & News

In a season that has already had far too many subplots, Stephon Marbury’s bereavement leave continues to complicate an already complicated season. The Brooklyn-born point guard is in his third leave of absence from the team after twice attempting to return to action in wake of his father’s death on December 2nd.

While publicly, the team continues to support Marbury during this time of grief, privately it seems evident that the organization would like to see their 20-million-dollar man back on the floor at some point in the near future. Speculation is mounting that Marbury’s November feud with Coach Isiah Thomas could be a contributing factor to the guard’s reluctance to return to active duty.

It is a conspiracy theory that gained steam last week when Marbury filed a grievance through the player’s association challenging the nearly $200,000 fine levied against the guard for leaving the team upon learning he would be removed from the starting lineup for a game against the Phoenix Suns. Yesterday, the Knicks reaffirmed their position …

Cullen K.O.’ed at the Garden

Rangers Rumors & News

Via the Raleigh News & Observer:

Matt Cullen had two assists in his first trip back to Madison Square Garden with the Carolina Hurricanes this season. His second visit didn’t end as well.

The Hurricanes center was injured during the second period of Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers when he was hit coming across the middle by former teammate Colton Orr.

It was a brutal collision and left Cullen with a broken nose and a probable concussion. Orr was challenged by Carolina’s Mike Commodore while Cullen lay still on the ice, and when the dust has settled, the officials had slapped the Rangers enforcer with five-minute majors for fighting, interference and a game misconduct.

The ejection was probably best for everyone involved and allowed for the rest of the game to proceed without further incident, however in truth, the hit was clean. Cullen had carried the puck into the offensive zone and dropped it to a trailing teammate …

Another Sex Suit, Another Settlement

Knicks Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

Madison Square Garden has settled its second sexual harassment lawsuit in the span of 16 days, agreeing to a settlement with Courtney Prince, the former captain of the Rangers’ cheerleading squad. While details of the settlement were not announced, the agreement comes on the heels of the Anucha Browne Sanders trial, which saw Sanders awarded $11.5 million in damages.

While Prince’s case focused on a Garden P.R. manager and lacked a flashy defendant such as Knicks GM and Coach Isiah Thomas, the plaintiff’s accusations were perhaps even more lurid than the allegations made by Browne Sanders. For a complete account, including illicit propositions, graphic sexual language, and manic hypersexuality, check out the New York Times.

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