The recent Monta Ellis sexting scandal is reportedly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to legal drama for the Golden State Warriors.
SlamOnline.com reports that Ellis' accuser, a former team employee who allegedly received inappropriate messages from the Warriors' star guard, is not alone in lodging sexual harassment allegations against the organization.
SLAMonline has learned the Warriors have faced other allegations of sexual harassment since majority owner Joe Lacob completed his purchase of the team in November, 2010.The Warriors did not outright deny these reported allegations, instead repeating an earlier statement that the organization "takes seriously any allegations of harassment" and promising to "vigorously defend" its reputation.
One of the accusers was previously the director of the team’s cheerleading squad, the Warrior Girls. She currently holds a similar position with a separate NBA franchise. Sources have also informed SLAMonline that at least two other former Warriors employees accusing the team of sexual harassment during Lacob’s ownership have settled their cases. Sources say that the departure of the director of the team’s cheerleading squad is related to suggestive communications involving a member of the Golden State’s executive staff.
In response to the allegations against Ellis by the team's former employee, the Warriors said that the lawsuit was motivated by "by money and not the pursuit of justice" and that the organization would refuse to comment in further detail about the case.