Jun 20, 2012
Auriemma Says Lawsuit Won’t Become A Distraction

The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/us-womens-basketball-coach-geno-auriemma-says-lawsuit-wont-become-an-olympic-distraction/2012/06/20/gJQAORYgqV_story.html

U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday the Olympic team should not be distracted by an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a security official who claims she spurned his advances.

“It better not be, and I don’t think it will be, said Auriemma, who called his team focused and intent on winning a gold medal.

Auriemma said he would let lawyers worry about the lawsuit filed June 11 by NBA security official Kelly Hardwick, who alleges the coach tried to kiss her on a trip to Russia in 2009. The lawsuit, filed in New York state court, names Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball as defendants.

Auriemma made his first public appearance since the allegations became known, playing in the celebrity pro-am event at the PGA’s Travelers Championship.

I’m not going to let anything change the way I go about my job, about my life, he said. If I was scared of anything, I wouldn’t be out here. But I’m not.”

Hardwick is a former detective with the New York police department who started working for the NBA in security in 2002. Her suit says that as part of her job duties, she managed security for the U.S. women at international basketball events, including the Olympics in 2004 and 2008 and the world championships in 2010.

It was during a 2009 trip to Russia that she says Auriemma wedged his way into a conversation with a co-worker in a hotel lounge, followed her to the door of her room and tried to kiss her.

Hardwick says in the suit she told supervisors about the incident, but that nothing was done. In subsequent international trips, according to the suit, Auriemma avoided her but was uncomfortable with her being there.

Auriemma Says Lawsuit Won’t Become A Distraction

The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/us-womens-basketball-coach-geno-auriemma-says-lawsuit-wont-become-an-olympic-distraction/2012/06/20/gJQAORYgqV_story.html

U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday the Olympic team should not be distracted by an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a security official who claims she spurned his advances.

“It better not be, and I don’t think it will be, said Auriemma, who called his team focused and intent on winning a gold medal.

Auriemma said he would let lawyers worry about the lawsuit filed June 11 by NBA security official Kelly Hardwick, who alleges the coach tried to kiss her on a trip to Russia in 2009. The lawsuit, filed in New York state court, names Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball as defendants.

Auriemma made his first public appearance since the allegations became known, playing in the celebrity pro-am event at the PGA’s Travelers Championship.

I’m not going to let anything change the way I go about my job, about my life, he said. If I was scared of anything, I wouldn’t be out here. But I’m not.”

Hardwick is a former detective with the New York police department who started working for the NBA in security in 2002. Her suit says that as part of her job duties, she managed security for the U.S. women at international basketball events, including the Olympics in 2004 and 2008 and the world championships in 2010.

It was during a 2009 trip to Russia that she says Auriemma wedged his way into a conversation with a co-worker in a hotel lounge, followed her to the door of her room and tried to kiss her.

Hardwick says in the suit she told supervisors about the incident, but that nothing was done. In subsequent international trips, according to the suit, Auriemma avoided her but was uncomfortable with her being there.






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