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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Abrosimova, Bird choose words carefully

Neither Sue Bird nor her former UConn and current Seattle Storm teammate Svetlana Abrosimova wanted any part of questions surrounding the employee discrimination lawsuit UConn head coach Geno Auriemma is facing.

When Bird was asked if she has been offering support to Auriemma since NBA security official Kelley Hardwick filed a lawsuit against Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball and accused Auriemma of conspiring to get her removed from the security detail from the U.S. women's basketball teams at the Olympics.

"I really don't have a comment," Bird said. "We've exchanged some texts."

Abrosimova originally went with the "no comment" route before expressing her thoughts on the lawsuit being filed three years after Hardwick claims Auriemma tried to kiss her outside her hotel room hwen both were working at a tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2009.
"I don't want to get into it," Abrosimova said.

"I was very surprised because it happened a long time ago. I think it happened in Russia. To me it was like 'are you serious?' (For a) Russian person when somebody files a lawsuit that happens many years sago, it is just unheard of. People get fired all the time. Fine, you are fired, you are done, there are no lawsuits."

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