The Houston Rockets are facing legal action after an individual filed a lawsuit claiming alleged homophobic slurs dating back to a February 2013 game between the franchise and the Brooklyn Nets.
Rasean Tate is suing the Rockets and the catering company at the Nets' home, the Barclays Center.
According to the New York Post, Tate, who happens to be homosexual, alleged that he was fired from his job as a server after he had reported comments made by Houston players while he was in the visiting locker room:
"When the plaintiff's back was turned to defendant Rockets players, he began to hear laughter and taunting voices saying 'get this f---- ----- out of here!' 'He's trying to catch a sneaky peaky!'", the suit records.
Apparently Tate told fellow staff, and his supervisors, what had happened and while they initially apologized for the incident he believes he was eventually phased out of his job because of his claims:
"This was solely in retaliation for his complaints about the harassment and discrimination he faced by defendant Rockets players and because of plaintiff's sexual orientation," the suit continued.
None of the Houston Rockets players are listed by name.
The Brooklyn Nets franchise is not accused of any wrong doing in the lawsuit.