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Warriors claim relationship between Ellis, accuser consensual

Dec 21, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

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The Golden State Warriors have responded to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the franchise and star player Monta Ellis by a former team employee.

Warriors CEO Rick Welts sent a statement to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Here are the money graphs.

“When we were made aware of a consensual relationship between Mr. Ellis and the Plaintiff, we did what an organization should do. We told both to stop – promptly, directly and fairly. The Warriors have never taken any action against the Plaintiff for any inappropriate reason, and we deny the allegations she is making.

We live in a litigious society in which lawsuits too frequently are driven by money and not the pursuit of justice. We will vigorously defend the reputation of the Warriors organization in the courts. We don’t plan to make any further comment about the details of the case.”

Interesting that the Warriors do not deny there was something going on, only the circumstances. Erika Ross Smith, the Warriors former director of community relations, denies that it was consensual in her lawsuit. She claims that Ellis made unwanted advances, specifically sending sexual text messages including photographs of his genitals.

Monta Ellis was married at the time this affair took place. That is not a criminal charge, but it certainly doesn’t make Ellis a sympathetic figure in all this.

I’m not going to pretend to know who is telling the truth here, but it is safe to say that this will get uglier for the Warriors organization before it gets better. This could become quite salacious.

  1. 00maltliquor - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Funny, she’s claiming Ellis made unwanted advances at her, yet somehow she provided him with her didgets to allow it to even happen. Hmmmm…ooookaaay.

    • term3186 - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

      Errrr…. You don’t think a player can get the work cell phone number of the team’s Director of of Community Relations? Seriously?

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    OK. This chick had a “relationship” with a married player, in violation of common-sense and most corporate “no dating co-workers” policies. She’s whining because he texted her a pic of his wang, when she’s apparently seen it up close and personal?
    A judge should sue her for stupidity.

  3. narrabeen23 - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    if you didn’t want to look at the dude’s wang, wouldn’t you just delete the text?

  4. rexachss - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Ellis you can’t be that dumb..you are a self-made millionaire and you should be enjoying.your youth and money not making stupid.mistakes especially @ the workplace…you went to college didn’t you learn anything..now you have to give some of your money to someone who’s not related to you against your will…..cmon man! !!!! P.S. send me a check please.

  5. readysethike - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    1. Ive been trying to find a pic of this chick, but ive found nothing…is she on Jenn Stergers level? If not he takes an L

    2. Is he still married?

    • genericcommenter - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

      Try Google or whatever preferred search engine. She spoke to the media today and there are pics of her and her attorney with the news stories.

    • mogogo1 - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      Answer to the first question: Nowhere close to Jenn Stergers level and also several notches below Ellis’ wife. But, as harsh as it may sound, her not being a total knockout hurts her case, imo. Hard to see him getting so infatuated to randomly send her pics of Lil’ Monte unless there was something already going on.

  6. genericcommenter - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Outside of Doug Christie, I would be surprised at any pro athlete NOT having affairs. it’s just part of the lifestyle. This applies to other occupations like touring musician or any job that requires spending half the year on the road. And it applies to all races, religions ( I knew a chick who met and married an athlete from a very conservative religious school and he had GFs and kids at stops all over the planet). It applies to females also- those who travel for careers and those married to the above men and soldiers.

  7. wgward - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    It’s called Kryptonite.

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