NY judge tosses lawsuit against UConn's Auriemma
Hartford, Conn. • A New York City judge has dismissed an NBA security official's discrimination and assault lawsuit against University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball, saying the alleged wrongdoing didn't happen in New York.
Kelley Hardwick sued in state court in Manhattan in June, alleging she was removed from the security detail of the USA women's basketball team at the London Olympics last year because she spurned sexual advances from Auriemma during a 2009 national team trip to Russia. Auriemma, who coached the Olympic team to the gold medal, denied the allegations.
Hardwick, the NBA's director of security and a former New York police detective, said league officials removed her from the detail after Auriemma told a USA Basketball official that he didn't want Hardwick to provide security for the team. The national team official then told Hardwick's supervisor at the NBA and she was reassigned, her lawsuit said.
After filing the lawsuit, Hardwick said she was reinstated to the national team's security detail but with significantly reduced responsibilities. After being reinstated, she said Auriemma screamed at her in front of the team, prompting the civil assault charge, court documents say.
Auriemma, who led UConn to its eighth NCAA championship last week, denied those allegations as well. His lawyer, Kenneth Novikoff, said Auriemma was confident he would prevail in the lawsuit.