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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Kelley Hardwick's attorney "NBA made the right decision"

I just got off the phone with Randolph McLaughlin, an attorney with Newman Ferrara who is representing Kelley Hardwick, who filed an employment discrimination suit against UConn and U.S. women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball.

Hardwick is alleging that Auriemma attempted to kiss her in the hallway of a hotel in Russia in 2009 where both were working at a tournament the U.S. was taking part in. The lawsuit said that after Auriemma was rebuked he began the process of having her removed from security detail from the Olympics.

Multiple sources confirmed to the Register that Hardwick was assigned to security detail at the Olympics. The NBA would not comment or confirm that she was assigned to provide security for the men's basketball team although a source told the Register that is the case. McLaughlin said the fact that Hardwick is on a plane headed to the Olympics to work security is a vindication of Hardwick and the work she has provided for the league in the past.

"We think the NBA made the right decision so she can do the job she should have been doing all along," McLaughlin said.

"It's unfortunate it took this series of events to make a decision which should have been made from the beginning," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin would not comment on whether the filing of the lawsuit played a role in having her assigned to Olympic security detail nor would he comment on whether Hardwick's assignment to the Olympic security detail would impact the status of the lawsuit since she was seeking "monetary and injunctive relief" for being removed from Olympic security detail and now she is on the security team for the third straight Olympics.

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