Anucha Browne Sanders
Fraudulant Tax Returns
Receiving barely any
attention in the NY Post's coverage of the trial were MSG's
assertions of Anucha Browne Sanders' past tax-evasion history.
According to other news sites, as picked up by
NinoSportsCorner Ronald M.
Green, lawyer for MSG, "told the jury that from 2001 to 2004,
Browne Sanders filed false tax returns for a nonexistent
business. She testified that she signed the returns without
reading them. She seemed unfamiliar with them when pressed to
explain deductions under cross-examination."
returns, Green said, were filed even as she was running the
Knicks’ financial operation, 'a $120 million business for which
she claims more than adequate financial acumen.' ”
An E-Mail Exchange
Anucha Browne Sanders = Hero of the Stupid
Andrea Peyser and Kati Cornell of the NY Post
Bias their Coverage Against the Black Man -- Isiah Thomas
The following is an email exchange between
LouV and Andrea Peyser/Kati Cornell of the NY Post during their daily
roasting of Isiah Thomas during the Isiah Thomas-Anucha Browne Sanders
Thu 9/20/2007 5:06 PM
Dear Andrea Peyser,
have been reading your blog in the NY Post concerning the trial case of
Anucha Brown Sanders versus
Madison Square Garden. Also today, I picked up a copy of the NY
Times that someone had left on the Staten Island Ferry.
What I read in the NY Times was startling. The news article provided
many facts that neither you or the person on the Post doing the
'straight news' article on the case have even mentioned -- that Anucha
Brown Sanders did numerous things on the job that were severely
incompetent. Like having a mural put up at MSG that showed the faces of
players who had been traded away!! That by itself is cause for dismissal
for most $250k a year marketing people. And that seems the tip of the
iceberg with her. And then also to be accused of coercing other
employees to drum up charges against the Knicks for her sexual
harrasement case so she could protect her job!
In reading the NY Post sports pages
for years, it's become evident to me that James Dolan makes
mistakes in running the team, but he also seems like a very
moral fellow. This has shown through to me by his support of
former alcoholics, and other employees who go through tough
times. Trust me, I've cursed the guy out many times; almost
called him a bitch once for signing Alan Houston for three more
years, but I've also seen a very strong sense of morality in
suspicion, and gut feeling, is he could have easily settled out of court
in this case, as you suggested the other day, but I think his moral
fiber made him fight it, because Anita Brown was incompetent and in the
wrong, and was probably a 'nightmare' at work.
James Dolan, who reportedly spent
many heart-to-heart talks with troubled alcoholic Vin Baker,
whom the Knicks traded for after his career and life seemed to
reach a nadir.
Stephon Marbury, on the other hand, seems to be a very juvenile
fellow. But to be denigrated because he used the word "bitch" when
referring to someone in a private email to someone else, is absurd.
Andrea, you typically have things right but I think you're seeing this
case the wrong way. I think you're giving right to the bad guy.
Thu, 20 Sep 2007
From: Andrea.Peyser <Andrea.Peyser@nypost.com>
they've drummed up a
case against her, after the fact. we'll see what happens.
Writer's Note: The
NY Post requires their writers to respond to reader emails. From
the sparse, ungrammatical response from Andrea, it's clear she
either can't type, rushed this answer out, or isn't much of a
Notice also how I
inadvertantly called Anucha Browne Sanders "Anita Brown" above.
Thu 9/20/2007 9:10 PM
To: Andrea.Peyser; Kati.Cornell
It's getting worse. I came home tonight and read Dave D'Alessandro's
report on the case in the Staten Island Advance. Like your columns, I
highly respect D'Alessandro's reporting and view on things. His is the
best report so far as to actually what is happening in the case,
allowing us readers to draw our own conclusions from the facts.
Information that was in D'Alessandro's article but not in the Post:
Browne Saunders received annual bonuses because "they're built on two
factors -- profitability of MSG on the whole -- about 50 percent of it
-- and how your individual business unit peforms." Mills added that in
2006, he had fired her Ranger counterpart, Mike Golub, "while handing
him a bonus check."
as for Browne Sanders' glowing performance reviews, Mills said they were
deceiving. in no fewer than three cases, he noted that she needed work
on her business relationships.."
Andrea, I'm not sure if you've ever worked in the real world, but having
been part of corporate America for 25 years, and involved with lots of
marketing people, I'll tell you this -- people get performance reviews
that 'seem' good all the time. The devil is in the details. The devil
was apparently in Browne Sanders' details.
According to Mills, "her style tended to be somewhat abrasive. Not the
type of manager who can get the most out of people."
other words, Andrea, she was a nightmare. The kind of person you look to
get rid of. The fact that she was a woman and she was black, means you
have to tread delicate ground in dismissing her.
was Hank Ratner, the vice chairman of Cablevision and MSG, who
originally sounded the alarm and told Dolan and Mills that "we should
fire her right now" after a NUMBER OF FINANCIAL PLANNING MISTATEMENTS BY
BROWNE SANDERS AT A FINANCIAL PLANNING MEETING IN AUGUST 2005.
Andrea, why was this information never disclosed in your coverage in the
starting to worry about your coverage in the NY Post. It looks extremely
unbalanced and biased.
starting to wonder about your reports in general.
Fri, 21 Sep 2007 08:40:31 -0400
I'm an opinion columnist. I
give my opinion, and it is that the Garden apparatus after the fact
found stuff to make her look bad. They never said she was fired for poor
performance. and the Rangers guy worked there one year and was rated a
"3'' - lower than Anucha ever got. As I said, he was out in a year.
But I write an
opinion column. You can find the news in the straight news
Writer's Note: Looks
like Andrea is pointing the finger of blame at Kati Cornell at
this point, for lack of facts reported in the straight news
Fri, 21 Sep 2007 08:38:29 -0700 (PDT)
Well then my blaming finger points at you Kati...
Andrea, thanks for replying. I understand you are an
opinion columnist, and you're a good one. I regularly enjoy your
columns, and typically agree with you.
But in this case I was really confused after reading
the Post's overall coverage of the trial, that MSG hadn't put up more of
a fight. It wouldn't make logical sense for them -- to not pay her off
if her charges were true; as D'Alessandro said last week -- 6 million
would be well worth it and pocket change for them to make sure the
Garden wasn't besmirched, and the general public to get a bad feeling
about them. They're in the business of selling tickets. The only logical
reason that I could think of why they allowed this to come to trial
would be if the charges were trumped up and Browne Sanders was a
nightmare, and Dolan's morality was challenged.
But then to find out while reading the Times and the
Staten Island Advance that, in fact, this case had been made, it was
just that the NY Post failed to mention it in their news pieces. That's
As Deroy Murdoch once told me, you can change the
news based on what you leave out of a story.
The face of prejudice against black
men? Andrea Peyser looks like a woman who has spent her life
riding the F train to Queens fearing getting mugged.
You guys influence a lot of people. Give us you
opinions, but also get us the facts; let us make up our own minds.
PS: I'm not a fan of Dolan, who is the king of
boneheaded moves; I'm not a fan of Isiah, who effuses arrogance; I'm not
a fan of Marbury, who is juvenile. But I'm also not a fan of incompetent
marketing people; I've worked with my share of good ones and bad ones.
The bad ones will kill you, in the workplace. I hope that whatever the
truth is, truth is served in this trial.
Fri, 21 Sep 2007 13:50:12 -0400
From: "Kati.Cornell" <Kati.Cornell@nypost.com>
Thanks for your interest. We are one
day into the defense case, so I'm sure there will be more information to
Notice how Kati's response is more refined and coherent than
Andrea's response above. One can only infer who the 'writer' is
Notice also how
Andrea Peyser has formed such a strong opinion BEFORE any of the
defense was even begun. These emails follow continued articles
by Peyser, started the first day of trial, that ring Isiah
Thomas and James Dolan up as the worst animals on earth.
Sep 2007 19:39:12 -0700 (PDT)
To: Kati.Cornell" <Kati.Cornell@nypost.com>,
Better coverage by you today; your reports are starting to look like the
information being dealt out by USA Today, NY Times, SI Advance, and
First day of
defense you say.. now day three.
Andrea Peyser's opinion was formed before the trial even began?
are some pointers on the information you are letting fly past you in
this trial, in your apparent attempt to paint Isiah Thomas as the
culprit here, and assassinate the character of employees of Madison
Square Garden, no matter what facts are presented to you.
Andrea -- if the Marketing Manager approves the posting of a large
mural/poster that features the faces of players that HAVE JUST BEEN
TRADED AWAY, that is a HUGE blunder if what you are talking about is
marketing of an NBA team. They might as well have hung a huge poster in
front of MSG that announced to the city "We're really stupid people
here, and want you to root for the players we just traded away!!".
Andrea, for that Marketing Manager, who is the VP of Marketing and
should be pouring his/her heart and soul into the team in the way of 70
hour work weeks and knowing everything that is going on -- when that
manager turns around and says it's not her fault because NO ONE TOLD HER
about the trade!!!! -- Andrea, every Knick fan in NYC knew about the
trade minutes after it was made, let alone days to a week later. Andrea,
this was the EDDIE CURRY trade that everyone in basketball knew about.
This Marketing Manager says she didn't know about it??? Does she ever
read the back page of the NY POST? She IS, after all, THE VP OF
MARKETING of the Knicks! Then to say that she can't keep up with the
players that Thomas trades, he trades so many.. THIS WAS THE EDDIE CURRY
TRADE ANDREA. Thomas DOESN'T TRADE A LOT of players; and even if he did,
the VP of Marketing should be able to keep up with it wouldn't you
Then to say,
even if she had known, she would have put up the poster anyway. HUH?
That statement means that she is acknowledging that she's an arrogant
moron who doesn't give a shit about the team or its image.
INCIDENT is all I need to know, from a far, to see that she was an
arrogant, incompetent marketing manager looking to put the blame on
someone else for her own laziness. At 250k a year.
column, you glossed over the fact that she told Isiah Thomas that SHE
WAS IN CONTROL OF THE BUDGET AND HE HAD TO RUN ALL TRADES THROUGH HER.
HUH??? According to Kati Cornell's 'straight news' article, "Thomas said
Sanders came into his office and handed him a "cheat sheet" describing
her duties and told him, "I want to let you know that I'm responsible
for the Knicks budget". 'I said, I thought I'm in control of my budget',
The face of incompetence? Sanders,
the VP of Marketing, didn't know the top players on the team had
been traded, a week after they were traded.
your column, you wrote "The next time, she asked him to inform her about
player trades so she could put the information into the team budget."
jive. Andrea, you are misrepresenting the facts in your "opinion
column". I know you're an "opinion columnist" in your own words, but
you're not supposed to be changing the
straight news article, Kati said that "Thomas said that as soon as their
embrace ended, Sanders wanted to "put in a good word" for a pal, the
assistant general manager of the team, and asked Thomas if he would
attend weekly meetings with her. "I said, I'm not sure. I just got
here," Thomas said. "I told her I was still looking for the water
cooler." Adding to his frustration, Thomas learned that Sanders had
secretly spoken to his assistant as she left his office and instructed
the woman to go ahead and put the meetings in his calendar."
your column, you dismissed this in writing "What she did was ask Thomas'
assistant to schedule some meetings with her. He hated that. It was
This shows me
Andrea, that you've never worked in the real world, and know nothing
about sports, or marketing. You are revealing more about your own
hangups than anything that's coming out on Isiah Thomas, and his
"unhealthy relationship with his mother" accusation that you fire away
becoming apparent that you have:
worked in the real world
know much about sports, or the importance of having a GM control the
player payroll budget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sexually harrassed in the workplace yourself. Have you?
something against black men. Do you?
Writer's Note: You
can see that what Andrea wrote in her column today really pissed
me off. She not only glossed over facts that the defense brought
up, and misrepresented them, she continued to belittle Thomas
and made a statement about him having an "unhealthy relationship
with his mother." In this, she mocked the African-American
culture, after Thomas had described how his mother had taught
him how to treat a lady.
Andrea Peyser didn't
respond to my email.
Sep 2007 18:59:01 -0700 (PDT)
Can I take
your failure to answer my two questions as a "No Comment"?
Sep 2007 07:31:45 -0700 (PDT)
"Kati.Cornell" <Kati.Cornell@nypost.com>, Andrea.Peyser@nypost.com
more thing to think about:
In this world
of emails, where folks who get into trouble for sexual misconduct almost
always get caught redhanded with some salacious emails that they've sent
to the other party, how come there has been no evidence brought up that
Isiah Thomas ever sent Anucha Browne Sanders ANY emails with any kind of
think that there would be some such emails if he had indeed sexually
propositioned her? And if there were the defense would have brought them
up and then I'd be on your side Andrea -- then I'd say yes, the guy is
guilty. Hang him.
were no emails of a non-business nature, and he apparently never called
her during off-work hours. I'm surprised the defense didn't make a big
deal about this (or perhaps, horribly, they did and the newspapers
didn't report it? -- I can't trust the news at all anymore so I don't
All she is
claiming is he used some vulgarities in her vicinity because of the
fucked up job she was doing, and her demands to control his player
budget. And then a verbal sexual invite without any emails in this world
of email fervor.
is a case of really bad worker getting fired and then drumming up a
charge. Anucha Browne Sanders is making it more difficult for women
everywhere who actually HAVE BEEN sexually harrassed and then fired. And
you're giving that really bad worker the right. And making things worse
for women everywhere.
Throughout the trial, and after the trial, all reports indicated
that all of the players and other workers in the MSG
organization, all the way up to James Dolan, stood firmly behind
Isiah Thomas. Sanders, contrastedly, seemed universally disliked
in the organization.
December 11, 2007, 5:29 PM ET
Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas reached an
$11.5 million settlement of the sexual harassment case brought by Anucha
I have said before, I am completely innocent," Isiah Thomas said. "This
decision doesn't change that. However, this is the best course for
Madison Square Garden, and I fully support it."
don't feel any less strongly than we did throughout the entire episode,"
MSG said in a statement. "The outcome was a travesty of justice, and we
vehemently disagree with the jury's decision, however, at the strong
request of [the NBA commissioner] and in the interest of focusing on
basketball, we can all agree that it is time for us to move on and put
this issue behind us."
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