It's been said by some that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. If that's the case, it looks like the senior executives at Madison Square Garden are starting to pay better attention to their mental health, as they've made the wise decision to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former member of the Rangers City Dancers (not pictured above).
It's not the first time the Rangers have had trouble with Ice Girls, as you may recall an incident from last April when Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (pictured above) precipitated a confrontation with a few members of the Islanders squad.
You say you're not familiar with the case? That's probably because it's been eclipsed in the news by the enormous mess created by James Dolan and Isiah Thomas when it came to the $11.5 million judgment the team is going to have to pay out to former Knicks employee Anucha Brown Sanders for her own sexual harassment suit.
But while this might be a wise business decision for the entire MSG family, bloggers everywhere have to be disappointed. As Richard Sandomir of the New York Times pointed out, the suit filed three years ago by ex-Rangers employee Courtney Prince promised to be "potentially lurid," which very well may have provided literally years of posts for the properly motivated.
Among the details we won't be hearing in open court ...
Prince said managers at the Garden told her which skaters they liked and which ones they wanted to attend postgame parties. She accused her supervisor, Ryan Halkatt, of telling her which skaters had to lose weight or "stuff their bras" to appear more alluring.Can't imagine why they'd want all that out of the way.
She claimed that at a bar in Greenwich Village after a Rangers game in December 2003, Jason Vogel, a public relations manager for the team, and another man who is not a defendant, asked her to join them for a threesome in the bar's bathroom.
She said that she told the other skaters about the incident, which led the Garden to fire her and to interview her colleagues, which yielded a dossier about her use of graphic sexual language.
A psychiatrist hired by the Garden said Prince had a bipolar personality that was apt to have been manic and hypersexual at the time of the bar incident.
*After checking out Deadspin's take on the story, I discovered that the unnamed third party mentioned in the above callout from the New York Times is actually a former New York Times reporter, according to the Daily News. Interesting.
Previously on FanHouse:
Ex-Rangers Cheerleader Returns Fire in Harassment Suit
The Ice Sheet: Some Early Surprises
NBA FanHouse's Coverage of the MSG Legal Disaster