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Evilmav2
06-30-2003, 10:08 AM
Suit: Talking to Doug Christie led to harassment, her firing

By Kelly Johnson
Sacramento Business Journal

Jun. 30 A spokeswoman for the Sacramento Kings who was let go last autumn has sued the Kings organization, player Doug Christie and his wife, Jackie, alleging harassment and discrimination that she contends resulted from Christie's practice of avoiding contact with all women but his wife.

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Stephanie Shepard, who was assistant manager and later manager of media relations for the Kings over four years, accuses the team of reducing her responsibilities and eventually terminating her employment after Jackie Christie complained about her because she gave Doug Christie a phone message.
The case is built on a rare set of allegations in workplace discrimination law, with an employee's family member accused, rather than a supervisor or co-worker.
Her suit, filed May 27 in Sacramento County Superior Court, alleges sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation, gender discrimination, violation of civil rights, battery and infliction of emotional distress. The suit names Doug and Jackie Christie, Shepard's supervisor, Troy Hanson, Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, Maloof Sports & Entertainment and Sacramento Kings Ltd. Partnership as defendants. She seeks unspecified damages, attorney fees and costs.
Maloof Sports & Entertainment has not received documentation about the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment, spokeswoman Sonja Brown said.
Doug Christie's agent, J.R. Harris, also declined to comment. "We're not talking about that right now," Harris said. Although Christie has never faced such litigation, Harris said NBA players must deal with frivolous lawsuits all the time.
Shepard's attorney, John McGinnis of Pasadena, had no comment.
Talk of the league: Christie, the team's swingman and an NBA all-defensive player, is known around the league for sending hand-signal messages to his wife from the floor during the many games she attends. According to published reports, he avoids conversation with other women out of respect for his wife. Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal created a local furor when he joked in public that Jackie Christie had massaged his feet to help him recover from an injury.
On at least one occasion when Doug Christie played for the Toronto Raptors, according to a New York Times report, Jackie Christie confronted a young female fan who was seeking an autograph and kiss from her husband, telling her in a loud voice to back off because "she was touching someone she shouldn't have."
Shepard is a "highly accomplished manager of media relations" whose career could have "continued its upward ascent if Doug Christie had never signed with the Kings," the suit contends. When Christie signed with the team for the 2000-01 season, Shepard alleges, she began experiencing "sex-based differential treatment and harassment."
As the only woman working directly with players, Shepard was informed of the Christies' relationship and "warned about (their) discriminatory practices against women," the suit said. Shepard "was confident, however, that Maloof's supervisors and agents would prevent the (couple's) reputation for misogyny to effect the professional working environment in which she expected to continue growing. She was sorely mistaken," the suit contends.
Don't speak to him: Trouble began, Shepard alleges, after she delivered a phone message to Doug Christie as one of her duties. "As a result, Jackie Christie aggressively approached Ms. Shepard the next day and instructed her never to speak to Mr. Christie, regardless of the professional circumstance," the suit says.
Shepard alleges that her boss, Hanson, instructed her to avoid Christie, allowing "personal discriminatory preference to become (team and Maloof Sports) policy." Her work responsibilities, she contends, declined after Jackie Christie "made her wishes known" to Kings representatives.
Shepard claims the number of players with whom she worked was cut and she was told to stay out of areas for family and friends of players, and hotel lobbies.
The conduct escalated, the suit alleges, to "outright threats and physical intimidation. Jackie Christie physically 'bumped' Ms. Shepard on several occasions."
Shepard was "terminated" last October. The lawsuit did not elaborate. As is the standard process, Shepard received "right to sue" letter from the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
The crux of such a case is why Shepard was fired, said John Adkisson, a partner with the Sacramento law office of Hanson Bridgett who specializes in employment discrimination cases but is not involved in this case. Often, an employer can answer allegations in a case and explain why they did not constitute discrimination, he said.
Raptors say they made no changes: The Toronto Raptors did not have to change anything operationally for Doug Christie while he played for that team, a Raptors spokesman said. "We didn't do anything out of the ordinary. We didn't need to," the spokesman said.
An August 2002 account in The New York Times by Mike Wise, a former Sacramento journalist, on the Christies and their relationship said Jackie Christie was uncomfortable with female employees of the Raptors in the team locker room, so Doug Christie changed clothes in an adjacent room.
"With few exceptions, Doug Christie does not look at other women, avoiding dialogue or even eye contact," Wise wrote. "'Every conversation I've ever had with a woman since we've been married besides my wife she knows about,' he said."

http://images.sportsline.com/u/photos/basketball/nba/img5367529.jpg
Doug flashing his "I love you Jackie" sign

Mav_Man1
06-30-2003, 10:21 AM
Christi is the King of "whipped"

Ummmmm Ok
06-30-2003, 10:25 AM
I love it!!! i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

Drbio
06-30-2003, 10:38 AM
I hope this young lady gets millions from the Kings and Christies. This is rediculous.

Rhylan
06-30-2003, 10:39 AM
Man. One day, maybe years from now, Doug is going to be getting a burger, or a cup of coffee, and the girl at the counter will be friendly, smile, and say "thank you, sir." Mrs. Christie will go on a rampage.. but this one time, she'll piss off the wrong girl, and she will get BEAT DOWN.

Seriously, does anybody know any tough women we can get to flirt with Douggie? i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

u2sarajevo
06-30-2003, 10:48 AM
What a P-Whip. Unbelievable. I say we sick Toni Braxton on Christie.

TripleDipping
06-30-2003, 11:02 AM
One word: Scary.

Tony tha Mavs fan
06-30-2003, 12:07 PM
HMMMM I wonder who wears the pants in that family?

u2sarajevo
06-30-2003, 12:08 PM
Originally posted by: Tony tha Mavs fan
HMMMM I wonder who wears the pants in that family?

Not pants.... skirt.

Hitman
06-30-2003, 12:19 PM
Bill Simmons (A.K.A. The Sports Guy) is going to have a field day with this. He loves all this Christie stuff.

Mandyahl
06-30-2003, 01:02 PM
god this is so weird. i feel sorry for that girl.

kg_veteran
06-30-2003, 01:05 PM
If nothing else, this lawsuit will do a lot to expose how truly psycho Christie's wife really is.

I don't know if Christie is p-whipped or just afraid for his life.

ames7
06-30-2003, 01:17 PM
Classic. I love it. Four stars.

u2sarajevo
06-30-2003, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by: kg_veteran
If nothing else, this lawsuit will do a lot to expose how truly psycho Christie's wife really is.

I don't know if Christie is p-whipped or just afraid for his life.

He is p-whipped. ooops... make that a capital P P-WHIPPED.

He gives credence to the nick name Queens.

DNNF
06-30-2003, 03:12 PM
Damn, Jackie Christie needs some serious psychiatric help !! What a nutjob !!

I would hate it if the court ordered the Maloof to pay for this instead of Jackie Christie. Make the psycho pay !!!

MavKikiNYC
06-30-2003, 03:14 PM
Sounds like an abusive relationship.

Big Boy Laroux
06-30-2003, 03:19 PM
i was about to say that kiki... definitely abusive.

ocelot_ark
06-30-2003, 03:48 PM
What a douche.

Chiwas
06-30-2003, 04:33 PM
Where is LRB? He is the expert on Artest's and Christie's cases.

We know that Christies' relationship is kind of insane. But the question is: Will the woman win the sue?

cookies_n_mavs
06-30-2003, 04:43 PM
Jackie Christie is NO lady.

TripleDipping
06-30-2003, 04:46 PM
We know that Christies' relationship is kind of insane. But the question is: Will the woman win the sue?

I can almost see the words "Out of court settlement" for this.

Mandyahl
06-30-2003, 04:47 PM
i agree, tripledipping.

superheadcat
06-30-2003, 04:54 PM
had this been a husband forbidding his star wife talking to her male colleagues, this will be a cnn headline, instead of a forum topic.

Mandyahl
06-30-2003, 04:55 PM
probably, superheadcat.

u2sarajevo
06-30-2003, 04:57 PM
I wonder what Christie thinks about all this? He has definitely lost his Man card. He has no huevos.

Mandyahl
06-30-2003, 04:59 PM
i think he lost his manliness and cojones a long time ago.

MFFL
06-30-2003, 05:23 PM
Originally posted by: superheadcat
had this been a husband forbidding his star wife talking to her male colleagues, this will be a cnn headline, instead of a forum topic.

Sad but true

WayOutWest
06-30-2003, 05:38 PM
Originally posted by: u2sarajevo
I wonder what Christie thinks about all this? He has definitely lost his Man card. He has no huevos.

Not only has he lost his Man card but his "Tina Turner" card on the way, along with Mrs. Christies "Ike Turner" card.

mavsfanforever
06-30-2003, 06:16 PM
There is no place for Spouses in NBA or WNBA or any sport. The spouses should understand that we are not interested in watching them on TV unless they are stripping.

mattyd
06-30-2003, 06:54 PM
This article has brought so much joy to my life. Let's hope she bankrupts those stupid looking brothers and Alien Head Doug Christie.

mavsfanforever
06-30-2003, 09:56 PM
http://www.geocities.com/lakersbrethren/ChrissieCaged.jpg

southern_sweets
06-30-2003, 10:25 PM
Is Jackie Christie blind? Can't she see that her husband is an ugly *** ****** ****** no other woman would want. Not to mention stupid and mental enough to be in the sick and twisted kind of relationship they have.

I'm hoping for a big payout and lots of attention to the mentally unstable couple the NBA could do without.

cookies_n_mavs
06-30-2003, 11:06 PM
I call him UglyDoug...it has a ring to it.

WackyJackie

The CrazyChristies.