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Thursday, November 27, 2014

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 Post quotes from the court filing:

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.

20 comments on “Curry Finally Forced to Defend

  1. steveoh

    there’s a lot of grey area here. for example, curry yelling “cracker” was most probably a command for food.

  2. D-Rim

    Curry’s lawyer, Kelly Saindon, said Kuchinsky 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 the driver’s criminal record, which 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.

    Not exactly the type of source that has a lot of credit

  3. Caleb

    Nice headline, btw.

    In his favor, when he says he never made a pass the jury will believe him. badumpum. Paging Thomas B.

  4. Thomas B.

    Nice headline, btw.

    In his favor, when he says he never made a pass the jury will believe him. badumpum. Paging Thomas B.

    And Caleb throws his hat in the ring for the title of “Knickerblogger resident funny man.” Looks like ess-dog has some comp.

  5. Thomas B.

    Could/should the Knicks put together a package for McGrady? Something that includes salaries beyond July 1 2010 like JJ and Curry (yeah why trade bad kness for bad knees)? Marbury for McGrady and Landry?

  6. Dan Panorama

    Not to minimize the human tragedy here, but this should completely demolish what little hope we had of ever trading this guy before the deadline. Which indirectly might mean we have to trade Lee on the assumption we’re stuck with Curry’s contract to the bitter end. Mobley’s heart, Gallinari’s back, and now Curry’s dong — disaster just seems to follow this team….

  7. Billy W.

    Agreed. Building on that, however. Let’s say Curry is convicted down the line (these things take forever, so maybe in a year). Grounds for cutting him without penalty in summer of 2010?

  8. Thomas B.

    Agreed. Building on that, however. Let’s say Curry is convicted down the line (these things take forever, so maybe in a year). Grounds for cutting him without penalty in summer of 2010?

    Point of order. As this is a civil suit there is no “conviction.” There can only be a determination of civil liability, or no civil liablity. Generally, performance contracts are not voided for the filing of a civil suit unless there is a morals clause within said contract. A good number of NBA players have been the subject of paternity suits and they have not lost their contracts because of that.

    The most likely outcome is it being harder for us to trade him. But that isnt so bad. We can still sign Lee and a top free agent in 2010 with Curry still on board. We can go shopping again July 1 2011 when Curry and JJ come off the books.

  9. cgreene

    I agree that we are not looking enough at JJ as a movable asset to a contending team. His defensive versatility should be in demand. I could see Dallas, Phoenix, Boston (which desperately needs depth), Denver and others being interested in him for a playoff run. So if we can’t move Long Duck Curry for $11M maybe we can at least move JJ for $6M.

  10. Z

    “this should completely demolish what little hope we had of ever trading this guy before the deadline.”

    I don’t think this effects trading him at all. Any team desperate enough to have considered him before this suit only wanted him for his post scoring. Not for his defense, not for his rebounding, not for his salary, and certainly not for his ability to keep his private parts to himself around his limo driver.

    As long as he can still score in the post (impossible to know until he actually tries…) no one will care about this at the deadline.

  11. Thomas B.

    As long as he can still score in the post (impossible to know until he actually tries…) no one will care about this at the deadline.

    The chauffeurs in destination city X may beg to differ.

  12. Caleb

    I agree that we are not looking enough at JJ as a movable asset to a contending team. His defensive versatility should be in demand. I could see Dallas, Phoenix, Boston (which desperately needs depth), Denver and others being interested in him for a playoff run. So if we can’t move Long Duck Curry for $11M maybe we can at least move JJ for $6M.

    Not sure he’s in positive territory yet – I still think we’d have to give an additional asset to move him. But he’s getting closer to breaking even!

    Jeffries & Rose for Larry Hughes (solves our guard issues, too).

    Jeffries for Balkman & Steven Hunter. Ha! Need be, we can return our 2nd round pick – I’ve got yer receipt right here.

  13. ess-dog

    UPDATE: New tapes of one of the incidents has been leaked to the Associated Press. Apparently, illegal drug use was involved and the psychological torture used by Curry on Dave Kuchinsky was much more intense than initially reported:

    EDDY: Who is it?
    DAVE: It’s me, Dave. Open up, man, I got the stuff.
    (More knocks)
    EDDY: Who is it?
    DAVE: It’s me, Dave, man. Open up, I got the stuff.
    EDDY: Who?
    DAVE: It’s, Dave, man. Open up, I think the cops saw me come in here.
    (More knocks)
    EDDY: Who is it?
    DAVE: It’s, Dave, man. Will you open up, I got the stuff with me.
    EDDY: Who?
    DAVE: Dave, man. Open up.
    EDDY: Dave?
    DAVE: Yeah, Dave. C’mon, man, open up, I think the cops saw me.
    EDDY: Dave’s not here.
    DAVE: No, man, I’m Dave, man.
    (Sharp knocks at the door)
    DAVE: Hey, c’mon, man.
    EDDY: Who is it?
    DAVE: It’s Dave, man. Will you open up? I got the stuff with me.
    EDDY: Who?
    DAVE: Dave, man. Open up.
    EDDY: Dave?
    DAVE: Yeah, Dave.
    EDDY: Dave’s not here.
    DAVE: What the hell? No, man, I am Dave, man. Will you…
    (More knocks)
    DAVE: C’mon! Open up the door, will you? I got the stuff with me, I think the cops
    saw me.
    EDDY: Who is it?
    DAVE: Oh, what the hell is it…c’mon. Open up the door! It’s Dave!
    EDDY: Who?
    DAVE: Dave! D-A-V-E! Will you open up the goddam door!
    EDDY: Dave?
    DAVE: Yeah, Dave!
    EDDY: Dave?
    DAVE: Right, man. Dave. Now will you open up the door?
    EDDY: Dave’s not here.

  14. Duff Soviet Union

    So is Stephon Marbury going to testify if this goes to court? This seems like the sort of thing he’d know about for some reason.

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