New York Knicks center and Chicago native Eddy Curry is considered a good neighbor who likes to ride his ATV around the neighborhood. But the suburban area of Burr Ridge may not claim Curry as a neighbor much longer. Curry, his wife and an employee were robbed at this home by gunpoint over the weekend. Three masked robbers tied up the threesome with duct tape and stole cash and jewelry from the big man's home. And while the idea of a 6'11", 285 pound man being wrapped up in duct tape might be funny, this may be part of a larger crime organization.
Try to remember three weeks back. Yes, it was likely hot where you were. Regardless of the heat index, another NBA star, Antoine Walker was similarly robbed by masked robbers at gunpoint at his Chicago area home on July 10th. And now the police are wondering whether someone is targeting professional athletes.
NBA players and their culture emphasize heavily on excess, and it's surprising that they aren't robbed more often because of it. With the money they're making, perhaps more should be spent on security. The NBAPA will try to spread the word:
In the cases of Curry and Walker, the attackers were masked men who used tape to bind the players and others. The police said that in both cases the intruders got past security measures and hid inside the home.
Local authorities say there may be a connection, but no arrests have been made. In both cases, the police have been able to get an idea of the assailants through video surveillance cameras but have not been able to release a clear composite of any of the intruders.
Dan Wasserman, a spokesman for the NBA Players Association, said the union will contact every NBA player who lives in the Chicago area to let them know about the home invasions and answer any questions they have about security.Luckily for the Walkers and Currys nobody was harmed in the robberies. It must be scary enough to be robbed, and likely worse to know that you were part of a targeted plot. It's not surprising that Curry didn't try to fight back against his aggressors - he knew it would tire him out. But Walker? It surely must have been the only shot he's ever passed up in his life.