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Monday, October 27, 2008

Police chief rebukes Isiah Thomas for drug coverup

A car moves along Magnolia Drive in Purchase, NY, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. The private road eventually leads to the home of Isiah Thomas, former New York Knicks basketball coach, where authorities say an ambulance was called and someone from the home was taken to a hospital early Friday morning.
A car moves along Magnolia Drive…

NEW YORK (AP)—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.