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Barclays food server sues Rockets, employer over alleged gay slurs

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Al Bello

Rasean Tate, 28, of Brooklyn, is suing the Houston Rockets and the company that handles catering at Barclays Center, Levy Restaurant Holdings, for discrimination, claiming Rockets players pelted him with homophobic slurs in a locker room before a 2013 game adding in a federal court complaint that the catering company fired him after he complained about the abuse.

First reported by the New York Post, the suit claims that on Feb. 22, 2013, Tate was all but chased from the area because he was gay.

"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!’ " according to the suit, and " ‘He’s trying to catch a sneaky-peeky!’

"These series of comments were repeated a number of times by defendant Rockets players and staff," according to the suit. "Plaintiff could hear defendant Rockets players overlapping voices and laughter." The suit does not name specific players or staff.