As you know by now, a former Warriors employee has accused Monta Ellis of sexual harassment. She held a press conference this morning in Oakland announcing her lawsuit and she also showed a photo allegedly implicating Ellis. The Warriors just sent out a statement addressing this potentially volatile issue. Obviously, all of this will be settled in a court of law or there will be some kind of monetary settlement. In the meantime, here is the Warriors’ statement for your information. Here is the text:
STATEMENT FROM WARRIORS PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER RICK WELTS
OAKLAND, CA – The following statement was issued today by Warriors President & Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts on behalf of the Warriors:
“The Golden State Warriors take seriously any allegations of harassment. Let me make this extremely clear: The Warriors strive every day to provide a comfortable and professional work environment for all of our employees.
When our new owners arrived in November 2010, we set a path for the organization to be the best in the NBA and an organization we are proud of. We are committed to achieving that goal and we work daily to ensure it happens.
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.”
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