The jury in the case against the Knicks and Isiah Thomas said yes to the tune of $11.6 million. What many harassers don't get is that it isn't and shouldn't only be about what's pleasing to them because that effectively dehumanizes everyone else.
This failure to see a situation from others' perspectives -- and to respect those other perspectives -- is costly even for those who are never caught or who are never formally accused of any wrongdoing. That makes this behavior not only hurtful but stupid.
For sports enthusiasts, imagine basketball players who only comprehend their own playing position. What their teammates do would be mostly a mystery and they certainly couldn't anticipate what members of the opposing team would do or why. Now imagine doing this to the point of knocking other players off balance. The completely ego-driven players would blame others for acting mysteriously or clumsily rather than taking the time and effort to learn why others do what they do on the court and how their actions negatively impact others' performance.
The self-focused might claim that the refs have a grudge and that's why they are getting so many fouls called against them. These players might rack up great personal statistics at the expense of the team and at the expense of the win. They might find their careers ending sooner than some of their less physically talented counterparts who understand every aspect of the game from every perspective and who respect all those who are part of the game.
Some sexual harassers say they do it because occasionally they get the result they want. That makes as much sense as the basketball players who defend their self-focused play because occasionally their team wins.
Treating everyone with thoughtfulness and respect has a lot more benefits in the long term. On the court and off.