October 26, 2008
The Chief of Police in Harrison N.Y. blasted former NBA star and New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas for using his daughter to "cover up" his accidental overdose according to the New York Daily News.
Harrison Police Chief David Hall said the former NBA great was throwing his 17-year-old daughter "under the bus" by claiming she was the one rushed to the hospital Friday, not him.
"My cops ... know the difference between a 47-year-old black male and a young black female," Hall told The Associated Press. "It wasn't his daughter - and why they're throwing her under the bus is beyond my ability to understand."
He continued: "These people should learn something from Richard Nixon — it's not the crime, it's the coverup."
Hall said no suicide note was found, and police were classifying the case "as an accidental drug overdose."
Early reports said emergency crews were called to treat a 47-year-old man, the same age as Thomas. Police sources later confirmed it was the NBA star.