ATLANTA – Former Knick John Starks told a grand jury how a strip club manager provided him with women for sex and made dancers available to him and other Knicks for private shows, The Post has learned.
Starks began cooperating with a federal racketeering probe of Atlanta's Gold Club in 1999 and testified about sexual favors arranged by club manager Thomas "Ziggy" Sicignano.
Prosecutors claim the club is mob-linked and lured sports stars for sex - then bilked customers who were attracted by its big-name clientele.
In his July 29, 1999 grand jury testimony, Starks recalled his first visit to the club in 1995 with a teammate identified as "Greg."
He said they saw two attractive girls and then waited in a private room until Sicignano sent them over. The girls began dancing, "got to touching one another" and simulated oral sex, Starks said.
A year later on another visit to Atlanta, "I had three girls sent to my room" at the Ritz Carlton thanks to Sicignano, he said.
"They started engaging in sex between one another," Starks said, and he had sex with one of them.
He said Sicignano always knew where the Knicks were staying.
"Whenever we needed a ride from the hotel to the club, Ziggy would send a limousine to get us," Starks testified.
Sicignano, who is also cooperating with the prosecutors, called Starks in spring 1997 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., when the Knicks were in training camp.
"He told me he was bringing up a couple of girls . . . and me and a couple of the players came over and watched them perform" lesbian sex, Starks said.
The indictment against Gold Club owner Steve Kaplan and six others alleges the girls were paid $1,000 and sent to have sex with the players.
Starks said his last contact with Sicignano came in December 1998 during the NBA lockout, when the manager called him in New York and said, "Me and the girls are up here where the players are staying."But Starks said he hung up on Sicignano because he had had "a Christian experience."
"After the '97 season I turned my life over to the Lord and that's why I was shocked - because he knew," Starks said.
Meanwhile, John "Junior" Gotti took the Fifth Amendment yesterday in Judge Willis Hunt's chambers and was being sent back to his federal penitentiary in New York.