NEW YORK — A woman who works as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit saying she was removed from an assignment to the 2012 Summer Games in London after she spurned an advance from Connecticut and women's national coach Geno Auriemma.
Kelley Hardwick is suing Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball. The suit was filed Monday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Hardwick is a former detective with the New York police department who started working for the NBA in security in 2002. She said in the suit 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.
It was at one of these tournaments, a 2009 trip to Russia, that she said she met Auriemma. According to the lawsuit, one night after Auriemma wedged his way into a conversation with Hardwick and a co-worker in a hotel lounge, he followed her to the door of her room and tried to kiss her.