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I’m 37 now, a grown-ass man. So I can take the jokes. People can say whatever they want. I’ll live. But at the same time … you know what? People really do need to know something. People need to realize that… Not everything is a joke, bro. The ??? emoji doesn’t apply to literally everything in the universe. Not everything is hilarious. I mean, you know what isn’t funny? Here you go … Here's my story. Here's my truth, in as much detail as I can possibly give it to you. The link is in my bio. Thank you @playerstribune
Eddy Curry is not a name many people remember today, but once upon a time, he was a rising star in the NBA. In 2005, he signed with the New York Knicks for an impressive $60 million, only to be let go from the team in 2011 after becoming ensnared in a gay sex scandal involving his private chauffeur and for failing to meet expectations.
While his NBA career may be over, Curry’s gay sex scandal seems to gotten a second life more than a decade after it first broke.
Quick backstory: In 2009, Curry was sued by his former limo driver, David Kuchinsky, after Kuchinsky accused him of soliciting him for sex on multiple occasions.
According to court documents, Curry propositioned Kuchinsky twice “in the nude,” saying, “Look at me, Dave, look” and, “Come and touch it, Dave.” The dispute eventually went into arbitration and Curry quietly settled with Kuchinsky for $300,000.
Fast forward to 11 years later.
This past February, Curry gave a video interview and penned an op-ed titled “The Truth Was Was Worse” for The Players Tribune, a blog for NBA superfans. In it, he addressed the gay sex scandal, sharing his side of the story publicly for the first time and accusing Kuchinsky of being a money-hungry liar.
Turns out this dude took these instances when we were clowning around and talking smack to each other and put my words straight into some legal filings. It was like, “On such and such day, Mr. Curry told plaintiff to kiss his ass,” or “On this day, Mr. Curry stated that he was going to kick plaintiff in the penis and told plaintiff to perform oral sex on him.”
The court dismissed the lawsuit and sent us to arbitration … where I still ended up having to pay that man thousands of dollars.
At the end of the process, before the settlement was finalized, the arbitrator left the room and told the two of us to talk one last time. So it’s just me and this driver in an attorney’s office, and he’s in there crying his eyes out. I remember him telling me, like, “I’m so sorry, bro. I never meant to do this to you.” He talked about how his wife had left him and had taken his child with her. “I’m just in a bad place. I just really need some money. I’m so sorry.”
As a result of the whole thing, Curry said that now, whenever someone Googles his name, pages and pages of gay jokes and articles about his sexuality appear.
“That’s just how it goes,” he lamented. “Looking back on everything now, I really do feel like, for the longest time, I was just in way over my head when I was in the NBA.”
Well, it looks like Curry may be back in over his head because Kuchinsky just slapped him with another lawsuit, the New York Daily News reports.
This time, Kuchinsky is accusing the former NBA star of violating the confidentiality clause in their 2009 settlement agreement.
“Not only did Curry fail to meet the expectations that us fans had after he signed a contract with the Knicks,” Kuchinsky’s attorney, Matthew Blit, said in a statement this week, “he failed to adhere to his contract with Mr. Kuchinsky.”
Eddy Curry is being sued by his limo driver:
“Not only did Curry fail to meet the expectations that us fans had after he signed a contract with the Knicks, he failed to adhere to his contract with Mr. Kuchinsky,” the driver’s attorney, Matthew Blit, saidhttps://t.co/roTi7cEIGJ
— Daily Knicks (@DailyKnicksFS) September 1, 2020
It has not been reported what amount Kuchinsky is seeking in damages, and Curry has yet to comment on the lawsuit, but the whole thing serves as a good reminder to 1.) Honor your confidentiality agreements, and 2.) Don’t exhume your own gay sex scandals a decade after everyone else has forgotten about them.
Here’s hoping these guys are able to work things out.