Isiah Thomas Wants People to Keep Open Mind About His New Job

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Isiah Thomas knew there would be questions when it was announced two weeks ago that he would be the new president of the New York Liberty. Thomas hopes that people will just keep an open mind.“We were concerned, and we talked about it,” he said in a news conference Thursday at the WNBA team’s training camp. “At the end of the day you can only live your truth.”Thomas had an unsuccessful stint as coach and president of the New York Knicks from December 2003 to April 2008. After being fired as coach, he remained with the team in an unspecified role, even after a lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders cost Madison Square Garden $11.5 million in a settlement. Sanders alleged she was sexually harassed by Thomas, who was not found personally liable.“I’ve always maintained my innocence, moved on from that. Our organization has moved on from that,” Thomas said. “I’m proud of the way I lived my life.”Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan gave Thomas another chance now as the president and potential part-owner of the Liberty. Thomas and Dolan had a meeting with the players before training camp opened Sunday.“It was necessary to do that because we live in a society where the information that’s out there, some’s accurate, some’s not accurate,” Thomas said. “We felt it was necessary to meet, discuss and have an open forum. The players we have and the people in this room, they’re grown women and they can make up their own minds and come to their own conclusions.”Coach Bill Laimbeer, who played with Thomas for years in Detroit, and the Liberty players sat on couches off to the side during the 25-minute news conference. At the end, the players applauded their new president.“It was great having that sit-down the other day to clear the air. We are all professionals and are focused on what happens on the court,” said Liberty guard Essence Carson. “All the interaction I’ve had with him so far has been good.”A Hall of Fame, championship-winning point guard with the Pistons, Thomas has failed to match that success in his post-playing career. He tried college coaching after leaving the Knicks but was fired by Florida International in 2012 after going 26-65 in three seasons.Thomas spoke Thursday at a podium in a makeshift area normally used as a players lounge. Laimbeer joked earlier that more media were in attendance then in his first few years combined with the team. He and Thomas hoped that all the attention on the team would carry over to when the Liberty season starts at home on June 5.However, some fans won’t be attending games at Madison Square Garden. Yolanda Jackson, a Liberty season-ticket holder since 1999, said she canceled her subscription.“I’m not planning to attend any Liberty games,” said Jackson, who works in marketing with female athletes. “And since I’m so disappointed in the way the WNBA has handled this situation, I doubt if I’ll be attending any games this season. The WNBA should deny his application for ownership.”Thomas filed the paperwork to be a part-owner of the team last week. He needs approval from the league’s board of governors for his ownership application to go through. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie told The Associated Press last week that she hopes to have that resolved before the season starts June 5.Thomas wouldn’t talk about his ownership petition.“That’s a confidential discussion,” he said.DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer___AP Sports Writer Melissa Murphy in New York contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No parole for more than a decade for man who killed Winnipeg

first_imgWINNIPEG — The man convicted of killing a Winnipeg bus driver in what a judge described as a brutal and explosive stabbing will not be eligible for parole for 12 years.Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was 58, was stabbed 12 times during a fight with Brian Kyle Thomas in February 2017.Earlier this year, a jury found Thomas guilty of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.The Crown and defence had asked that there be no parole eligibility for 12 years.Security camera video from the bus shows Fraser telling Thomas to leave the vehicle several times before the driver grabs the man by his sweater and shoves him off.The defence did not present evidence during the trial but argued that the bus driver provoked the attack.Fraser’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bell Media Supports 14 Canadian Films Announced for the 2016 Toronto International

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Bell Media is pleased to announce that 14 films backed by its pay television network The Movie Network, production funds The Harold Greenberg Fund and Fonds Harold Greenberg, and BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), have been confirmed as official selections for the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival®, running from September 8 to 18, 2016. The Canadian feature films announced by TIFF and supported by Bell Media include April Mullen’s Below Her Mouth, Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams, Dilip Mehta’s Mostly Sunny, along with four short films, including Jay Cheel’s Twisted. The films join previously announced Bell Media-supported titles, Maudie Aisling Walsh’s Maudie and Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and A Bear.“Bell Media congratulates the filmmakers behind the 14 titles announced today,” said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.  “We are proud to continue our longstanding commitment to Canadian film by fostering and showcasing our incredible homegrown talent.”Below is the full list of feature films and shorts selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival that have been supported by Bell Media through story optioning, script development, pre-licensing, funding, and/or equity investment: Advertisement 5 Films About Technology (short) – Peter HuangFunded by BravoFACTBelow Her Mouth – April MullenPre-buy by The Movie NetworkBoundaries – Chloé RobichaudScript Development, Polishing, and Equity Investment Programs by Fonds Harold GreenbergIt’s Only the End of the World – Xavier DolanEquity investment and script development by Fonds Harold GreenbergMaudie – Maudie Aisling WalshPre-buy by The Movie NetworkScript Development and Equity Investment Program by The Harold Greenberg FundMean Dreams – Nathan MorlandoPre-buy by The Movie NetworkMostly Sunny – Dilip MehtaPre-buy by The Movie NetworkNelly – Anne ÉmondStory Optioning and Equity Investment Programs by Fonds Harold GreenbergThe Road to Webequie (short) – Ryan Noth and Tess GirardFunded by BravoFACTThe Smoke – Rebecca AddelmanShorts-to-Features Program by The Harold Greenberg FundTwo Lovers and A Bear – Kim NguyenPre-buy by The Movie NetworkEquity Investment Program by The Harold Greenberg FundShahzad (short) – Haya WaseemFunded by BravoFACTUnless – Alan GilsenanPre-buy by The Movie NetworkTwisted (short) – Jay CheelFunded by BravoFACTThe full line-up of Canadian films was announced by the Toronto International Film Festival earlier today. For further information on these and other Festival films, please visit www.tiff.net.About Bell MediaWith passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more