Report: Lawsuit alleges Rockets players harassed gay catering worker
Apr 1, 2014 at 9:39p ET
A food catering worker in Brooklyn alleges in a lawsuit that Houston Rockets players heaved anti-gay insults his way while setting up a buffet in the team's locker room last season at Barclays Center, the Daily News reported Tuesday.
The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, alleges 28-year-old Rasean Tate heard these comments while his back was turned: "Get this f***** out of here!" and "He's trying to catch a sneaky peeky!"
A Nets official allegedly saw the Feb. 22, 2013, incident and instructed Tate to leave the locker room and that he would "take care of it," according to the report.
The suit states Tate, who was working for Levy Restaurant catering department at the time, was later restricted by his employer from working in private VIP area, locker rooms and dressing rooms — a move Tate alleges was a result of his sexual orientation while the reason given for the ban was overtime pay, according to the report.
The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center are not included in the suit, the report states.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages from the Rockets and Levy Restaurant Holdings, the report states.
Brooklyn made history in February when the Nets signed Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major American sport leagues.