Isiah Thomas Rushed to Hospital

Ex-Knicks coach took too many sleeping pills

By Scott Ross
|  Friday, Oct 24, 2008  |  Updated 9:22 PM CDT
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Isiah Thomas Rushed to Hospital

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Former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was rushed to the hospital early Friday morning after he took roughly 10 sleeping pills.

Embattled former Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas was rushed from his home in Purchase, NY, early Friday morning to a nearby hospital after overdosing on sleeping pills, NBC News reports.

Harrison Police Chief David Hall refuse to identify the man.

"We’re classifying it as an accidental overdose of prescription sleeping pills," Hall added. 

Thomas had reportedly consumed approximately 10 Lunesta pills, a prescription sleep aid, according to the New York Daily News.

"He was unconscious, but breathing on his own," Hall said. The patient was taken to White Plains Hospital where his stomach was pumped.

Contacted for a comment, Barry Watkins, vice president of communications for Madison Square Garden, would only tell The Journal News newspaper, "Isiah is fine."

Thomas' tenure in New York has been an extremely rough one. In his first season, the team went 33-49 and missed the playoffs. Things only got worse last year, with the team winning 10 fewer games. 

More troubling still was the sexual harassment suit brought in the summer of 2007 against Thomas and the team over his treatment of a former executive, Anucha Browne Sanders. The team eventually had to shell out $11 million in an October settlement.

"I'm innocent, I'm very innocent, and I did not do the things she has accused me in this courtroom of doing" Thomas said after the decision.

Thomas was fired on April 18.

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