Brandon Knight’s mother suing hotel

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Turgenia "Tonya" Knight, the mother of former University of Kentucky basketball player Brandon Knight, has sued Lexington’s Hyatt Regency Hotel and the hotel’s operations director, Jeff Westin, for discrimination, battery, assault and defamation stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred Jan. 7 at the hotel’s bar.

In the suit, filed this week in Fayette Circuit Court, Tonya Knight says Westin tried to detain her and grabbed her arm, causing a bruise, after telling her she could not sell her book, Diary of a Basketball Mom, on the hotel’s premises. Knight says she went to the bar to socialize with friends before attending a UK game.

Knight, who lives in Lexington, says in the suit that when she pulled away from Westin in an attempt to leave with her friends, he said, "That’s the problem with you people." Knight says that when she asked what "people" he was referring to, Westin used the n-word.

Hewlett’s article has a more detailed account of the incident, according to the suit.

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