Warriors Brass Flubs Ellis Situation

Warriors Brass Flubs Ellis Situation

The Warriors still play defense like amateurs.

The basketball team has a lot of time to improve, but upper-level management hopelessly flubbed the fundamentals in its response to the sexual-harassment lawsuit filed Wednesday against the club and guard Monta Ellis.

The statement issued by Warriors President Rick Welts included a blooper-reel reference to the team knowing of a "consensual relationship" between Ellis and the woman who sued, former community-relations director Erika Ross Smith. To achieve this type of sloppiness on the court, new head coach Mark Jackson would have to teach his players to guard shooters with their hands down.

Warriors management did not reply to a request to clarify the meaning of "consensual relationship." Was it sexual? Was it textual? Smith's lawyer says she offered benign answers to allegedly obscene messages from Ellis. Can hitting a "reply" button be construed as consenting to the tone of an exchange?

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