Male gymnasts already tread a difficult path amongst many in society. Some claim that they compete in a sport that is best left to women. Others claim that all male gymnasts are homosexual.
If reports in the New York Post are to be believed as even partially true, Eddy Curry has just struck a blow to all heterosexual male gymnasts looking to get by without the gay claims attached.
According to the article, unsubstantiated claims by Curry's driver state that the injured Knicks centre propositioned him for sexual favours, whilst in his employment.
The stunning court papers claim Curry, a married father of three, repeatedly approached chauffeur David Kuchinsky "in the nude," allegedly telling him, "Look at me, Dave, look" and "Come and touch it, Dave."
Curry also made Kuchinsky perform "humiliating tasks outside the scope of his employment, such as cleaning up and removing dirty towels [Curry had ejaculated into] so that his wife would not see them," the Manhattan federal court suit says.
The gymnasts link? Well, we've already uncovered Curry's youthful desires to enter the fast-paced and dangerous world of gymnastics. If you're late to the table on that one, then read here.
If the allegations amount to any truth, this adds another remnant of the Isiah Thomas era in Knicks basketball that fans and management will want to forget.
The sex allegations hark back to the bad old days of Isiah Thomas running the team, when the team's VP of marketing, Anucha Browne Sanders, filed a 2006 sexual harassment suit claiming the general manager made advances toward her and even said he "loved" her. He also allegedly called her "ho" and "bitch."
She also complained the team was allowed to become a sleazy old-boys club, in which Stephon Marbury had sex with a female intern in an SUV. In the end, Sanders was awarded $11.6 million in punitive damages and the Knicks settled with her.
Of course, as I continue to reiterate, these claims have not been tried in a court of law as yet. Curry's defence lawyer interprets the story as a hoax from a convicted fellon.
His lawyer, Kelly Saindon, denied all of Kuchinsky's allegations, calling them "absolutely untrue," and saying he began making a series of claims for unpaid wages several months ago, upping the ante each time.
Saindon said Curry took a chance on hiring Kuchinsky despite a criminal record that includes a three-year prison sentence for a 1992 burglary in New Jersey. He also got three years' probation in a 2004 resisting-arrest case in the Garden State, records show.
"It's shocking that Eddy opened his home to a convicted felon out of prison, and gave him a job when he couldn't find a job, and this is what comes out of it," she said. "The entire thing is preposterous."
As side-circus #427 opens in the New York Knicks basketball media frenzy, spare a thought for male gymnasts out there.no comments