Via NY Post reports:
Stephon Marbury carried on an affair with chef Thurayyah Mitchell, and offered her nearly $1 million so his wife and the Knicks — who were dealing with their own sexual-harassment problems at the time — wouldn’t learn about it, court papers disclose.
The Coney Island native hired Mitchell as a “private chef” in January 2006, the same month the team and coach Isiah Thomas were hit with a $10 million sexual-harassment suit by one of their executives, Anucha Browne Sanders.
“Starbury” fired her in 2006, and Mitchell complained that she’d been the victim of sexual harassment.
Marbury said he had considered their relationship “consensual” — but offered her $900,000 to keep her mouth shut.
Marbury, however, stopped making the payments in January 2010 after he’d already shelled out about $600,000 and, at Mitchell’s request, the case went to an arbitrator.
“It is uncontroverted that during Ms. Mitchell’s employment, she had a sexual relationship with Stephon Marbury which she described as occurring on approximately five occasions,” the arbitrator found.
Mitchell said the star “made her believe that ‘keeping him happy’ was a requirement of keeping her job,” the ruling said.
The other requirement was cooking for his wife, Latasha, and their three kids.
The arbitrator awarded Mitchell $330,000, saying she could have sued Marbury or sold her story for more money than she received, and that Marbury had his eyes open when he made the deal.
The filing became public yesterday, after Mitchell’s lawyers asked a judge to enforce the award.
During the arbitration proceedings, the point guard testified that the money was to “buy Ms. Mitchell’s silence” because “a revelation of Mr. Marbury’s extramarital affair would embarrass him with his wife and children.”
He said he was also concerned because the tryst happened at a time the team “was in a very public investigation involving claims of sexual harassment.”
Lawyers for Marbury, who now plays in China, and Mitchell did not return calls.
He’s still married, and his wife is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the reality show “Basketball Wives.”
Well, if they can’t get his wife for “Basketball Wives” maybe they can ask the chef to join the cast? Cuz clearly you don’t have to be a wife to be on that show!
We doubt anybody is shocked by the news that Stephon Marbury wasn’t faithful to his wife, after all, he was a high profile point guard for the Knicks — but the settlement is kinda crazy. Almost a milli for a jawn who got chopped down 5 times?
SMH. Especially after he already spent so much to buy his wife them big hard tiddays…