Houston Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs

Houston Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:25 am

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Report: Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs to taunt Barclays Center server last year

If true, the Rockets players and organization are going to fork over some cash for this — and they should.

A gay food server who formerly worked in the Barclays Center has sued the Houston Rockets claiming late last season players chased him out of the locker room where he was setting up the pre-game buffet by using gay slurs, then he said he was demoted Levy Restaurants (the company that handles catering at Barclay’s) when he complained of the abuse.

The New York Post spoke to the attorney of the plaintiff, who named the Rockets and Levy in the suit (not the Barclays Center itself nor the Nets).

(The server, Rasean Tate) claims that he was setting up a buffet in the visiting Rockets locker room before a game on Feb. 22, 2013, when he was all but chased from the area because he was gay.

“When the plaintiff’s back was turned to defendant Rockets players, he began to hear laughter and taunting voices saying ‘get this f—– out of here!’ ” according to the suit, and ” ‘He’s trying to catch a sneaky-peeky!’…

“These series of comments were repeated a number of times by defendant Rockets players and staff,” according to the suit. “Plaintiff could hear defendant Rockets players overlapping voices and laughter.”

No Rockets’ players were named in the suit.

The lawsuit claims Tate was phased out of locker room duty after he complained and he was given fewer hours to work because of it.

The Rockets and Levy Restaurants have yet to address the lawsuit. We have yet to hear another side of the story, to have any details fleshed out. With lawsuits that could be embarrassing for the defendants such as this the plaintiff’s attorney often will go public trying to put pressure on the defendants to make the problem go away (with a large settlement).

If the incident occurred as Tate described it the team and the players involved should see punishment. But the legal process is a long and winding one so we will see where this leads.
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Re: Houston Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs

Postby abeer3 on Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:23 pm

beat me to it.

I was going to ask if the waiter heard them messing with parsons and jumped to the wrong conclusion.
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Re: Houston Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:39 pm

No players were named? Booo.

If you are going to go as far as suing someone, let the names fly. They can give you 250k to shut up and go away, but letting the world now that "Insert name here" said that would be far more devastating to that player IMO.
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Re: Houston Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs

Postby laakers on Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:31 pm

^ And more progressive to actually name someone, and call someone out for wrongdoing. If it's true, it's messed up, and they should be sued.
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Postby Rooscooter on Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:58 pm

^^What wrong doing? Name calling or the demotion? If we're sinking to the point of words being the basis of law suits and someone thinks it's a progression..... they're deluded.

This is a money excavation operation that is actually using a hot button. They teach us Lawyers this stuff you know......
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Re: Houston Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs

Postby laakers on Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:20 pm

Yes, I think the name calling and demoting could possibly be wrong doing. No, I don't think that a lawsuit will lead to any real progression, just about EVER. There shouldn't be any incentive (money) to fix this problem, rather real progress. But there is incentive, so....
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Postby Rooscooter on Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:49 pm

^^What is "real" progress? You will never take away someone's "offense" because it's not a tangible thing nor can it be measured or even proven. If money is involved "offense" is exponentially higher...... :man12:

"Offense" to a word isn't damaging in a tangible way either. It can't be proven to damage someone other than mentally and proving that is typically only done in lawsuits for $$.

As for the "Gay" slur.... the term Gay has been changed in the last 40 years to mean Homosexual. Using it in it's original form can be thought of as an offense.

If a word is essentially outlawed by activist groups another slur will emerge..... and so on and so on... words aren't the issue and going after someone for a word is pretty silly and shows a complete lack of understanding of the nature of Humans. You can't legislate thought and often times when you try you get the opposite reaction.

I'm afraid what you mean by progress is that all people should thing alike and if they don't it's grounds for societal action.... talk about slippery slopes.....
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Postby laakers on Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:43 pm

^ That's not what I was talking about at all. "You can't legislate thought" is what I was talking about. You can only do as good as possible by describing thought with words and actions, but again, it's only as good as possible, not perfect.
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Postby Rooscooter on Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:41 pm

laakers wrote:^ That's not what I was talking about at all. "You can't legislate thought" is what I was talking about. You can only do as good as possible by describing thought with words and actions, but again, it's only as good as possible, not perfect.


OK.... well I had it upside down..... It was hard to tell from the post.

This particular incident seems like a pretty transparent grab at money.... the time from the supposed "harm" and the lawsuit seem fishy....

We'll see what the court does.... they should throw it out IMO regardless of the word used. If we go down that road any further we won't be able to say anything if you have a little money.
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Re: Houston Rockets sued after players allegedly used gay slurs

Postby laakers on Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:04 pm

In the same sense, you can't truly express thought through language. This is why some posters argue here, it's impossible to express a true idea.
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