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    Overdose call at Isiah Thomas' Purchase home
    By Jonathan Bandler, Mike Dougherty and Frank Becerra Jr.
    The Journal News ē October 24, 2008

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    PURCHASE - Harrison police and an ambulance crew went to the Purchase home of former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas early this morning on what a police radio report indicated was a possible overdose.

    Police Chief David Hall refused to discuss details the case, confirming only that his officers did respond to Thomas' home.


    "I'm not going to confirm or deny this. Were we there? Yes. But I'm not going to tell you who it is," Hall said.

    The call came in just after midnight. A police dispatcher mentioned a 46-year-old male at the Azalea Circle home but did not indicate whether drugs or alcohol were involved. Thomas is 47.

    A woman who answered an intercom at his Purchase home today refused to comment on Thomas' well-being, whereabouts or anything else.

    When reached this afternoon, Barry Watkins, vice president of communications for Madison Square Garden, said, "Isiah is fine."

    He declined further comment, saying it was a family matter.

    One neighbor in the quiet, upscale Purchase neighborhood, where Thomas purchased a home for $4.075 million in 2004, said she was asleep and heard nothing. Attempts to speak to other neighbors were unsuccessful.

    The Knicks, who are now coached by Mike D'Antoni, are scheduled to play the Nets tonight at the Garden in their final preseason game.

    Thomas, who was relieved of his duties as team president and coach last April, remains employed by the NBA club as a consultant.

    During the four seasons Thomas was in charge, the Knicks never won more than 33 games. He was 56-108 in two seasons as head coach.



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    Well, I hope that whoever was involved is OK. I would not wish such hardship on anyone.

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    Wow, I hope he's okay or whoever was involved.

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    apparently he took 10 sleeping pills, had stomach was pumped.

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    apparently he took 10 sleeping pills, had stomach was pumped.
    Well I doubt it was an accident then

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    Madison Square Garden spokesman Barry Watkins told The Journal News newspaper, "Isiah is fine." WCBS Radio reported that the call involved an "issue with sleeping pills."
    Isiah is fine? Does that mean it wasn't him? Or does that mean it was him and he's fine after going to the hospital? Man, I know a lot of people didn't like him but you never want something like this to happen to anybody.

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    It never is an accident. sad

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    Isiah Thomas in OD drama at New York homeUpdated: October 24, 2008, 5:07 PM EST add this RSS blog email Print A 47-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for an accidental overdose of sleeping pills at the suburban home of former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, police said on Friday.


    Isiah Thomas coached five NBA seasons following an illustrious 13-year playing career. (David Dow/NBAE / Getty Images)
    Police would not identify the victim, except to give his age. Thomas is 47. Harrison Police Chief David Hall said the case was not a suicide attempt.

    The New York Post and CBS Station WCBS-TV in New York reported that the man who overdosed was, in fact, Thomas. The station cited unidentified sources in the report.

    Madison Square Garden spokesman Barry Watkins told The Journal News newspaper, "Isiah is fine." WCBS Radio reported that the call involved an "issue with sleeping pills."

    The Knicks had no comment. A message left with Thomas' public relations agency wasn't immediately returned.

    An ambulance responded to a 911 call early Friday, and a person was taken to White Plains Hospital Center, about 5 miles from the home, Harrison Officer Vincent Lanzillotti said.

    Late Friday afternoon, a small SUV escorted by a police car pulled into a private road leading to the luxury development in Westchester County where Thomas lives, about 30 miles from midtown Manhattan.

    Thomas purchased the house on Azalea Circle in Purchase for more than $4 million in 2004, according to the Journal News.

    Thomas was fired from the Knicks on April 18 after presiding over perhaps the most dismal era in the history of the franchise.


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    He was serenaded nightly with Garden chants of "Fire Isiah!" When he was dismissed, his record in New York was 56-108. Overall, he is 187-223 as an NBA coach, leading the Indiana Pacers to the playoffs in three straight years from 2000-03.

    Thomas was hired as the Knicks' team president on Dec. 22, 2003. The Knicks made the playoffs that season, getting swept by New Jersey, but haven't gone back despite their high-paid lineup.

    Still, Garden chairman James Dolan remained confident in Thomas, making him coach in June 2006 after firing Larry Brown following one season.

    As a player, Thomas was one of the NBA's great point guards, winning NBA titles with the Detroit in 1989 and 1990. In college, he led Indiana to a national championship in 1981.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    Yes, this is terrible. Basketball is probably all the guy has ever known...and it's not been pleasant for him for awhile.

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    NEW YORK -- A suburban police chief likened the conflicting accounts of an accidental overdose at Isiah Thomas' home to a "cover-up" and rebuked the former New York Knicks coach Saturday for saying it was his teenage daughter who required treatment.

    It wasn't his daughter," Harrison Police Chief David Hall told The Associated Press. "And why they're throwing her under the bus is beyond my ability to understand."

    Authorities were called early Friday to Thomas' Westchester County home, where police said a 47-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for an overdose of sleeping pills.

    Several media outlets reported that police confirmed it was Thomas who went to the hospital.

    But reached on his cell phone Friday, the 47-year-old NBA great told the New York Post he had not been treated for a sleeping pill overdose, and that it was 17-year-old daughter Lauren who had a medical issue.

    It "wasn't an overdose," he told the newspaper. "My daughter is very down right now. None of us are OK."

    Hall forcefully refuted Thomas' statement.

    "My cops ... know the difference between a 47-year-old black male and a young black female," Hall said.

    "These people should learn something from Richard Nixon -- it's not the crime, it's the cover-up," he added.

    Voice mails and text messages from the AP were left on Thomas' cell phone Saturday. Messages left earlier with Thomas' publicist and two of his attorneys were not returned.

    No suicide note was found, and police were classifying the case as an "accidental drug overdose" on "a number" of prescription sleeping pills, Hall said.

    Hall would not confirm the identity of the hospitalized man.

    Thomas' 20-year-old son, Joshua, also said it was his sister, not his father, who required treatment.

    "He's fine," the Indiana University student told the New York Daily News. "Reports of sleeping pills are false.".......

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    If it was him and he's is using his own daughter to cover it up? I don't know what to say, I can't even find the words. If it wasn't him then Zeke should sue this Police Chief for all it's worth. I'll refrain from going any further until the details come out, but wow.
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    Someone tell Isiah that saying "It's a private matter and we won't discuss it at this time" is a fine answer to give....

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    That's ****ed up.

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    If Isiah really is throwing his daughter under the bus, he's an even bigger scumbag than I thought. And that's saying something.

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    Anyone remember when Isiah got pulled over by the police and they didn't recognize him? Maybe he thought the EMTs wouldn't be able to tell the difference between him and his daughter?

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    Anyone remember when Isiah got pulled over by the police and they didn't recognize him? Maybe he thought the EMTs wouldn't be able to tell the difference between him and his daughter?

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    more info is coming out

    I know some of you don't think much of the NY Post, but four writers/reporters contributed to this story


    http://www.nypost.com/seven/10262008...pse_135389.htm

    TORMENT BEFORE ISIAH COLLAPSE
    By MARC BERMAN, LARRY CELONA, ANGELA MONTEFINISE and TODD VENEZIA


    October 26, 2008 --
    In the months before his mysterious overdose, Isiah Thomas was steeped in sadness and loneliness, agonizing over his failed tenure as New York Knicks coach and dreaming that one day all those who chanted "Fire Isiah!" would be forced to eat their words.

    Vaccaro: New Low For Pathetic Figure

    Thomas desperately clings to the belief that he will one day return to being an NBA general manager, according to a confidant.

    He's also holding on to hope that the players he picked for the current Knicks team will rally this year and vindicate his player-evaluation skills, forcing a reassessment of his troubled tenure.

    Until then, Thomas, who remains a consultant to the organization, is left in a team-imposed solitary confinement, stewing over what he perceives as a million slights from the organization, both big and small.

    In the wee hours of Friday morning, the Basketball Hall of Famer was found sprawled unconscious on the kitchen floor of his mansion in Purchase, Westchester County. Just days before, the team released its 2008-09 media guide, which gives recognition to every team towel boy and hanger-on, but doesn't mention Thomas.

    The lowly state of his career, the team's continued failures, and the enduring embarrassment of a sexual-harassment lawsuit by former Knicks exec Anucha Browne Sanders - which the team settled last December - was increasingly wearing him down.

    All these issues collided this past week with another problem in Thomas' life - daughter Lauren's hypoglycemia, which family and friends said causes her to occasionally suffer fainting spells.

    She suffered a spell Thursday while she was at the Rye Country Day School, resulting in the 17-year-old being hospitalized in Greenwich, Conn.

    Hours later, at about midnight Friday, the frustrated and overwrought Thomas started taking Lunesta sleeping pills, sources said, downing roughly 10.

    Harrison Police Chief David Hall, taking care not to use Thomas' name, yesterday gave the first detailed account of what his officers saw when they arrived at Thomas' home Friday.

    A man, identified by sources as Thomas, was found lying on the kitchen floor. There were two other people present. He was unconscious when rescue workers arrived and he was still passed out as he was taken by ambulance to White Plains Hospital Center.

    Thomas, the center of attention on every team he's worked since the age of 15, told a confidant in the months prior to the overdose that he was deeply hurt that the Knicks had forced him into a minor role since dropping him as coach.

    The former point guard, who has three years and $18 million due on his contract with the club, felt that team officials seemed to bend over backward to distance themselves from him.


    Shunned and isolated, he's spent the days since his April demotion losing himself on the golf course, which Chuck Daly, his former coach when he starred for the Detroit Pistons, said had become an "addiction."

    "A guy like Isiah, who has such a big ego, for the first time in 30-something years he's not going to be involved in basketball," a friend said. "He must be very depressed."

    One of his former assistant coaches echoed the sentiments: "[At] a certain time of year, he's been in a certain place - a basketball practice. It's an adjustment." The former coach added that he never saw Thomas travel with sleeping pills.


    Regarding Friday's incident, Thomas insisted in an exclusive interview Friday with The Post that nothing happened to him. Instead, he said it was his daughter who was having a medical issue and that it "wasn't an overdose."

    But Hall yesterday insisted: "He's trying to cover it all up. He's not telling the truth."

    "It was a 47-year-old black man [taken from the home]," he added. "It wasn't a female. My cops aren't stupid."

    "It wasn't his daughter," Hall said. "And why they're throwing her under the bus is beyond my ability to understand.

    "These people should learn something from Richard Nixon - it's not the crime, it's the cover-up."

    Thomas could not be reached for comment yesterday and his attorney hung up the phone on a Post reporter.

    Thomas' son, Joshua, 20, a student at Indiana University, said he's hearing a different story from his parents.

    "I do not know where the sleeping pills came from," he said. "My sister was admitted to the hospital because she fainted."


    "[Isiah] gets very worried about my sister. Whenever something happens, the natural paternal instincts kick in," Joshua added.

    He said that his dad and sister were "home and feeling great" yesterday.

    A confidant said Thomas and his daughter have an extremely close relationship and have spent a lot of time visiting colleges where she might pursue her studies, including a recent tour of Tulane University in New Orleans.

    Joshua said he was told police were called to tend to his sister, and that his dad was a given a glass of water by cops because he also appeared faint.


    Knicks guard Stephon Marbury, who has been estranged from Thomas, sent his best wishes.

    "I'm praying for him and his family in this trying time," he told The Post.

    Additional reporting by Perry Chiaramonte, Matthew Nestel, Mark Hale, Aliyah Shahid and the AP

    larry.celona@nypost.com

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    I have GOT to find one of those jobs that will pay me $18M for being totally incompetent.
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    like the woman who sued him said, i feel sorry for his daughter.
    other than that, isiah is a douche. i am an iu fan but no fan of isiah. it must have been a suicide attempt. you don't just throw down that many pills accidentally and then lie about it and try to throw your own daughter under the bus. he is finally getting what he deserves- no future in the game after treating people like crap for years and always playing the role of the victim.
    his family gets my sympathy but none for him.

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    I've always said, he is most likely to go OJ. Sadly enough, it would not surprise me.

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    Why would you blame this on your daughter????


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    Police provide new details in overdose episode at Thomas' home

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Officers who responded to Isiah Thomas' home after a 911 call reporting an overdose on sleeping pills found a man passed out on the floor and gave him oxygen until an ambulance arrived.

    Authorities have not publicly identified Thomas as the victim, but a person familiar with the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official police report has not been released, has confirmed it was the former NBA star and Knicks coach.

    On Tuesday, Harrison Police Chief David Hall provided new details about last week's emergency in which officers were handed a bottle of prescription pills at Thomas' Westchester County home.

    Hall said the bottle had a name on it, but he would not disclose the precise medication. He said police called the overdose accidental because there was no suicide note and no indication the victim suffered from depression.

    ESPN.com's Henry Abbott reported that the medication was the prescription drug Lunesta.

    Hall continued to criticize Thomas for not acknowledging he was treated for the overdose and for saying it was teenage daughter, Lauren, who had a medical issue.

    "As parents, you try to protect your kids; you don't say they did something when it was you who did it," Hall said. "We know the difference between a 47-year-old man and a teenager."

    Thomas' spokesman, Jesse Derris, said, "This continues to be a private family matter and the family respectfully asks for privacy." A call to Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz was not immediately returned. Thomas, fired as coach last April, still works for the team.

    Some of the latest details about the Thomas case were first reported by Newsday.

    Hall said the 911 call made late Thursday from Thomas' multimillion-dollar home in the Purchase section of Harrison went first to state police, then to Harrison. Harrison police on patrol nearby got to the scene first, saw a 47-year-old man on the floor and went into "standard operating procedure," Hall said. They administered oxygen until an ambulance crew arrived and took over, eventually lifting the man onto a gurney and taking him to White Plains Hospital.

    He said it was his department's first call to Thomas' house. An emergency services log, with the names of the caller and the patient blacked out, indicates the ambulance arrived at the house minutes before midnight.

    Hall said someone at the house gave his officers a prescription bottle, and the officers gave it to the ambulance crew so the hospital doctors would know about it. They then searched the house for other medications that might have been involved but found none, he said.

    As a player, Thomas won NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990 and an NCAA championship with Indiana in 1981. He joined the Knicks as the team president in 2003 and became coach in June 2006 after Larry Brown was fired.

    He was fired as the Knicks' coach April 18 after a season of dreadful basketball, a tawdry sexual harassment lawsuit and unending chants from fans demanding his dismissal. Still, he was retained by the organization as an adviser and consultant.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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