Sunday , Apr , 26 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Former Knick coach Isiah Thomas denies October overdose was a suicide attempt

They pronounced his name wrong. And, believe it or not, things got worse for Isiah Thomas. After being introduced as Isiah Thompson, Florida International University’s new men’s basketball coach faced a tough interview on ESPN SportsCenter. Thomas provided a canned answer when asked how he will convince parents to send their sons to FIU after his sexual harassment suit …


Former Knick coach Isiah Thomas denies October overdose was a suicide attemptThey got Isiah Thomas’ name wrong. And the press conference to announce his hiring as Florida International University’s new men’s basketball coach went from bad to worse. 

After being introduced as Isiah Thompson, the Hall of Fame guard faced a tough interview on ESPN SportsCenter. Thomas provided a reasonable but canned answer when asked how he will convince parents to send their sons to FIU after his sexual harassment suit.

Then the news anchor made like TMZ, bringing up October’s overdose. The Hall of Fame guard was asked to clarify last fall’s messy trip to the hospital for overindulging in sleeping pills and to confirm it was not a suicide attempt.  

Thomas squashed the suicide question and then looked off camera. Chances are, he was searching for the school’s public relations officer to throw him a life jacket. Mercifully, analyst Andy Katz stepped in for the basketball portion of the interview.

It’s not surprising Thomas landed a college coaching gig. With his track record on and off court, NCAA basketball suddenly got a lot more ‘interesting’.

Was the interviewer out of line with her questions? Or, should Thomas have addressed past issues like the overdose before the FIU press conference. Watch the clip and get at us in the comment box below.

 

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