Houston Rockets Players Sued by Gay Barclays Center Worker

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29:  Members of the  Houston Rockets stand during the National Anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center on March 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets Players Sued by Gay Barclays Center Worker

Lawsuit claims members of the NBA team hurled insults at caterer while he set up food in locker room.

Published April 2, 2014

A gay food server claims that he was taunted with homophobic slurs by the Houston Rockets basketball players while setting up a buffet in their locker room during a visit to the Barclays Center, the New York Daily News reports.

Rasean Tate, 28, filed a federal lawsuit against the Rockets after allegedly being harassed on February 22, 2013, when the team was in town to take on the Brooklyn Nets. Tate says his back was turned in the locker room when he began hearing insults hurled at him.

"Get this f----t out of here," and "He’s trying to catch a sneaky peeky!" are two of the alleged comments aimed in his direction, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

"It was loud and gregarious and there were overlapping voices," Tate’s lawyer, Marjorie Masidor, told the Daily News. "I think there’s a bit of irony that this occurred in the same place where a person’s (Jason Collins) sexual identity is accepted and welcomed with openness, while in the same place a visiting team chose to degrade Rasean and set us back."

Masidor is of course referring to Nets veteran Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player.

A Brooklyn Nets rep allegedly witnessed the February 2013 incident and asked Tate to leave the locker room so that he could take care of it.     

The exact names of the Houston Rockets players involved in the lawsuit haven’t been released.


BET Sports News - Get the latest news and information about African-Americans in sports including weekly recaps, celebrity news and photos of your favorite Black athletes. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

Get ready for the BET Experience, featuring Mary J. BligeMaxwellJill ScottA$AP RockyRick Ross and many more. Click here for more details and info on how to purchase tickets.

(Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


Latest in news