Eddy Curry’s ex-wife on abuse charges: ‘I discipline my son with love’
BY MARY MITCHELL email@example.com Twitter: @MaryPg14 April 15, 2012 6:34AM
Updated: April 15, 2012 6:34AM
The VH1 reality show, “Basketball Wives,” makes being linked to an NBA basketball player look glamorous.
But Korie Kellogg, the ex-wife of the Miami Heat’s Eddy Curry, would say it’s not all that it is cracked up to be.
“Absolutely not. I’m always watched because of who I was married to,” she said in an exclusive interview.
Last week, it was reported that Kellogg, 30, has been charged with beating the 10-year-old son she had with Curry with a belt.
After her son told a teacher that he’d gotten a “whipping,” the school contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the boy was allowed to go home. Kellogg took him to Silver Cross Hospital on the advice of a DCFS investigator.
“I took him there just being cooperative with the DCFS” Kellogg said.
“I discipline my son with love, but because a celebrity is involved everybody is trying to make this incident bigger than it is.”
Jeff Tomczak, Kellogg’s attorney, said “regardless how people feel about corporal punishment, the law considers two things: first is reasonableness, and the other is how far can the government get in between a parent and a child? The case law is pretty clear. Parents should have the right to discipline a child subject to reasonableness,” he said.
Kellogg was charged with aggravated battery of her son. Although she has no prior arrest record, she was held under a $25,000 bond and was initially barred from seeing her son.
“People were in jail for crimes that were 15 times worse and the bond was $2,000. One guy was in there for beating a young woman in the face, and he walked away. Another was in court for gun possession, trafficking and drugs and his bond was less than mine,” she said.
Of course, times have changed and corporal punishment has fallen out of favor in a lot of households.
But Kellogg, a real estate broker, does not have a history of abusing her son. As a single mother, it is primarily up to her to ensure that her son does well in school, behaves appropriately, and respects authority.
Unfortunately, in some instances it takes some heavy-handed discipline to get children to measure up to our standards.
Kellogg declined to discuss the details of her son’s behavior that led her to pick up a belt. But she described her son as having “always been a straight ‘A’ student.”
“With me being a single parent since my son was born, I stay on top of his school to ensure that my son is doing what he is supposed to do. I discipline my son out of love and concern,” she said. “My job as a parent is to never demoralize my son, but to build strong character, and the understanding of right from wrong and what is acceptable and unacceptable. Most importantly, my job is to teach my son to take ownership and responsibility for his actions.”
She believes she is living her life under a “magnifying glass” because she was once married to Curry. They have known each other since fourth grade and dated at Thornwood High School in South Holland. They married in 2001, the same year he was drafted by the Bulls, but divorced.
Kellogg said Curry does not define who she is. “I live my own life separate from his and I have chosen to leave my past in the past,” she said.
Her son, however, is excited that his dad is in the NBA. “He shouts it to the entire world.,” Kellogg said.
Because of the charges, Kellogg is only allowed to have supervised visits with her son. Her lawyer believes a Will County judge will reunite Kellogg with her son next week.
Meanwhile, Kellogg is depending on her family support to once again carry her through a media storm.
“On the one hand, there are people who are saying the [charges] are insane. But there are also people who don’t have the evidence or all the facts that painted me to be monster,” Kellogg said. “Who are they to judge me?”