Monta Ellis: Details of Warriors' Star's Sexual Harassment Charge Emerge

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2011

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after the ball is given to the Boston Celtics on March 4, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Celtics defeated the Warriors 107-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors star guard Monta Ellis has allegedly committed sexual harassment.

According to an Associated Press report, via the New York Daily News, Ellis and the Warriors are being sued by a former employee, Erika Ross Smith, for sexual harassment.

The report also gives some explicit details of the charge against Ellis:

A former Golden State Warriors employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against star guard Monta Ellis on Wednesday, alleging Ellis sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals...The messages included lines such as, “I want to be with you,” and “Hey Sexy,” and proposed sexual encounters, according to the lawsuit.

The NBA season tips off in just four days and this will certainly be one of the bigger storylines that will accompany the opening games.

The 26-year-old Ellis is one of the best shooting guards in the game and he is part of one of the best backcourts in basketball alongside Stephen Curry.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 01:  Guard Monta Ellis # 8 of the Golden State Warriors during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 1, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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According to the AP report, the Warriors ultimately fired Smith after "Ellis’ wife learned of the texts and complained to team executives."

Smith has worked for NBA teams in the past and claims she was unjustly fired in Golden State. The report claims "the lawsuit alleges retaliation, wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress and seeks unspecified damages."

It also indicates that Smith refused the advances of Ellis.

The Warriors' leading scorer from a year ago, Ellis would be sorely missed if he was to come under any punishment from this alleged charge.

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