A man who worked as a driver for Eddy Curry is suing the New York Knicks center, contending Curry owes him money, sexually harassed him and berated him with racist slurs.
Curry denies the accusations.
"I'm shocked, really," said Curry, who missed the Knicks'
101-95 victory at New Orleans on Monday night because of a sore
right knee. "He approached my friends awhile back, trying to get
money. I just never, ever thought it would go past what it did,
which was just idle threats, money-or-else kind of stuff."
Dave Kuchinsky alleges in the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S.
District Court in Manhattan that Curry owes him $98,000 in back pay
and expenses. Newsday reported Tuesday that Kuchinsky is also
seeking $5 million in compensatory damages.
Kuchinsky also accuses Curry of exposing himself and harassing
the former driver and said Curry referred to his Jewish heritage in
a derogatory way, calling him a "cracker," "white slave,"
"white devil" and "grandmaster of the KKK."
Curry said he never made such comments.
"Everyone who knows me knows I'm not a racist. I've never made
a comment like that, playing, or nothing," Curry said. "Aside
from the fact I wouldn't do it because I'm not racist, I wouldn't
do it because I wouldn't want someone to play with me like that.
That's incredible, man."
Curry is married with four children. The 26-year-old player is
in his eighth NBA season and fourth with the Knicks. He has played
in only one game this season because of knee injuries.
The lawsuit comes a little more than a year after former Knicks
team president and coach Isiah Thomas was found by a jury to have
sexually harassed former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders. MSG, the company that owns the Knicks, was ordered to pay $11.6 million in damages.
Curry portrayed the lawsuit against him as a desperate ploy for
money by Kuchinsky, who was his employee for three years ending
"It's like a prime example of you got to watch who's around
you," Curry said. "This is a guy who I really thought he was my
friend up until the last four, five months. I can't even believe
this happened. ... I can't believe it went this far. I can't
believe someone would represent something like that."