Curry Finally Forced to Defend
Of course, I was hoping it would come on the basketball court and not the, you know, court court over allegedly sexually harassing his former chauffeur, Dave Kuchinksy.
A case was filed Monday by Curry’s former chauffeur, Dave Kuchinsky, suing Curry for about $98,000 he feels Curry owes him (for back wages and some money Curry allegedly charged on Kuchinsky’s credit card) and another $5 million in damages for sexual harrassment.
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.
Kuchinsky, who is straight and Jewish, also alleges racial discrimination, saying that Curry hurled slurs at him including “f—ing Jew,” “cracker,” “white slave,” “white devil” and “grandmaster of the KKK.”
Hopefully this is all just an attempt to shake Curry down for some cash.
Addendum (Dave Crockett)
Curry takes a lot of heat in this forum for his play, and rightfully so. But, by most accounts he’s considered a pretty good guy. No one that I can recall in NY or Chicago has said anything negative about him as a person. I could be wrong, but nothing comes to mind. Sexual harassment is nothing to play with. We all saw the situation with Anucha Brown Saunders, and we probably all know someone who has been harassed. Various forms of workplace bullying–not just sexual harassment–are HUGE problems. So I don’t want to belittle the alleged victim’s claims in this forum. No one knows what went on between Curry and Kuchinsky, most likely, except those two.
Having said that let me add; some people really deserve the benefit-of-the-doubt that everyone should be granted. I think Curry fits the bill in this case. Although his professional life may be a disappointment, I have seen nothing even vaguely analogous to the kind of aggressiveness alleged by Mr. Kuchinsky. It would be surprising–not unprecedented, but surprising–for such aggression to have manifested itself for the first time publicly at Curry’s age. Bullies–and that’s really what this is regardless of the sexual content–don’t generally start just all of a sudden. This sort of behavior is fundamentally about power, not sex. Bullies tend to treat people poorly all-around, particularly those they think are unworthy of their respect. So, for example, I have to say I wasn’t surprised at the allegations of harassment that came from Anucha Brown Saunders given the way Isiah Thomas treated Don Chaney. (Anyone who has read my writing in this forum knows I saw Thomas’ handling of Chaney as THE pivotal incident in Thomas’ tenure in NY.) The two incidents are not directly related, but bullying is bullying. Public humiliation is one arena in which bullying occurs; sex is another. That doesn’t mean I jumped to the conclusion that Brown’s allegations were true just because Thomas was a jerk to Don Chaney. Rather, Thomas had proven in one context that he was capable and willing to humiliate another person as sport. It’s not surprising he was accused of the same behavior in another context. Regardless of whether Brown Saunders’ allegations were/are true, they resonated. They were imminently believable.
I don’t know whether Curry harassed this man. What I’m saying is that I cannot recall an incident, and certainly not a pattern of behavior that makes these allegations resonate. In Curry’s public life at least we really haven’t anything that looks like this kind of aggression. Of course, I am not going to bury my skepticism. I’ve been surprised by the truth before, but in this case I hope Knick fans (and the press) cut Curry a break. He really deserves substantial benefit of the doubt–not because of the employee’s criminal past, but because of his own behavior. Has he disappointed as a player? Sure. But he’s treated people with respect during his time in New York. So, in the absence of new facts emerging this issue is dead for me.