A former Golden State Warriors employee Erika Ross Smith filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against star guard Monta Ellis on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 with the affirmation that Monta Ellis sent her unwanted text messages. Actually, the NBA star sent Erika Ross Smith several dozen explicit messages, sometimes several times a day, starting in November 2010 while she worked for the team's community relations department. Furthermore, according to the lawsuit, the messages with explicit pictures included lines such as, "I want to be with you," and "Hey Sexy," and periodically asked her what she was wearing or doing.
Erika Ross Smith's attorney, Burton Boltuch, said his client's job description abruptly changed and was subsequently removed from a variety of events involving Ellis and other players after Monta Ellis' wife Juanika Amos Ellis learned of the texts in January and complained to team executives. In addition, Monta Ellis' wife Juanika Amos Ellis called Erika Ross Smith on January 7, 2011 and said, "I know about the secret phone” and always believed Smith initiated the texts with the player.
The former Golden State Warriors employee Erika Ross Smith sued Monta Ellis for sexual harassment by sending her many repeated unwelcome sexual texts
Attorney Burt Boltuch (left) and Erika Ross Smith who had worked in the NBA for fourteen years, previously with the Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns face the media in an Oakland law office on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monta Ellis and wife Juanika Amos Ellis married in July 2010 at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church downtown
Talking in a video produced by the NBA last year, Monta Ellis revealed that his new family with Juanika Amos Ellis had made him more focused as a player and reflected on his relationship with his wife. "She was different from other women," Ellis said of his wife Juanika Amos Ellis. "She didn't take no mess from me. She held me accountable for whatever I done."
Monta Ellis, 26, and Juanika Amos Elli, a Memphis police officer, is six years older than her husband have a son named Monta Jr. in May 2011
Monta Ellis currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA after signing a six year- $66 million dollar contract, not long after winning the NBA's most improved player award
Monta Ellis is the franchise's most recognized member outside of the Bay Area and widely regarded as the team's best player
Even if Erika Ross Smith’s allegations are proven false, all the media attention could make an impact on Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors in a negative way
Monta Ellis' agent, Jeffrey Fried, said he was on way to Oakland and didn't immediately has a comment
Monta Ellis’ Wife Juanika Amos Ellis Reacts to Erika Ross Smith’s Sexual Harassment Lawsuit against NBA Star