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Woman accuses Monta Ellis of texting her pictures of his genitals

Dec 21, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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The woman accusing Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors of sexual harassment filed a lawsuit in Oakland Wednesday — a suit that includes the allegation the Warriors star texted her pictures of his genitals among other harassing measures.

Erika Ross Smith, the Warriors former director of community relations, alleges in the suit Ellis started texting her several times a day starting in November 2010 and when she complained to Warriors management her job title was changed and she was eventually fired.

So far, the Warriors and Ellis have yet to comment on the lawsuit or allegations. These alleged incidents did take place under the current ownership of the Warriors, after the sale of the team last year.

The text messages from Ellis are the center of the lawsuit, as Matt Steinmetz at explains. In addition to the alleged photo of genitalia Ellis tried to propose sexual encounters and texted things such as “I want to be with you,” according to the lawsuit.

“On a micro level, my client has endured unwanted harassment, has suffered and continues to suffer emotional distress and trauma,” Smith’s lawyer said. “On a macro level, this type of conduct, especially in the sports world, must stop.”

Smith’s attorney said she rejected Ellis’ sexual advances.

Ellis, one of the better pure scorers in the game, led the Warriors 24.1 points per game last season. He has three years, $23 million remaining on his contract.

  1. somekat - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    I thought his name was Monta Ellis, not Monta Favre?

    Tell me again why this idiot for Iggy straight up would be anything but an insult to sixers fans?

    • qdog112 - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      Uh, because he’s a better player? Perhaps you should start there.

      • mytthor - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:25 PM

        Sorry, no way. He’s a selfish, efficient, one-dimensional scorer. You can’t win a title if Monta Ellis is your best scorer. Iggy is a GREAT complimentary player, put him with someone like Steve Nash and a decent center and he can help you win a title.

  2. bigkatvik7 - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM


  3. yanivvinay - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Gold digger

  4. chitownmatt - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    If being a millionaire nba star isn’t workin’, sending her a picture of your junk ain’t gonna seal the deal.

    • mytthor - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      Have to agree. Girls won’t just sleep with you because you have a big johnson, but the ones that will would have gone for it because of the cash.

  5. Gordon - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    He can’t be happy that the word “micro” is used in an article that references his genitals.

  6. bparmalee - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    There are more and more of these complaints…… and they all seemed to aimed at guys with a lot of money. I mean how did he get her cell? Why doesnt she go to the police? Its weird that everyone that is so “violated” always just wants money. If these guys are really monsters why dont they try and pursue it criminally? Why… because they are all hoping to settle and get paid. If you are suing and not filing charges… you are faking.

    • brooklynbulls - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

      Criminal charges?? There was no crime committed here.
      Junk-texting is not illegal son.

      • bparmalee - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:14 PM

        I agree there wasnt a crime committed here but shes trying to say Monta was stalking her and sending unsolicited photos. I do think there are laws that prohibit sending “lewd or graphic” pictures to someone thats not requesting them. The reason she doesnt go to the cops is because then she has to explain how it got started. My point is… if someone is texting you non-stop and sending you pics of their junk…. a normal person calls the cops… not a lawyer.

  7. suhnum1fan - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    This is normal behavior in today’s big deal..just ask Brett Favre, Greg Oden or Monta Ellis.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Don’t forget about Isiah Thomas.

  8. suhnum1fan - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Sounds like this woman is a schank

    • johnt42 - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:50 AM

      Skank? Uh, no, it sounds like Ellis is a simpleton (definitely) and a bit of a pervert (likely).

  9. genericcommenter - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Either her lawyer was lying ( imagine that) or there is more to this story. Yesterday her lawyer was claiming he would release disturbingly graphic pictures that were so disgusting people couldn’t imagine.

    But regular junk pics are pretty common now. Maybe he is deformed or something?

  10. thegonz13 - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Jenn Sterger is back, folks!

  11. thestudiokida - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    I’ll say again, what’s the big deal? Dude just needed to hang a little brain. If that’s illegal lock me up.

  12. mvp43 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    What color were his Crocs…………..

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