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Former Bulls Star's Ex-Wife Not Guilty in Mokena Child Abuse Case

The ex-wife of former Bull Eddy Curry was acquitted of a felony battery she allegedly committed against their son.

Lucky for the ex-wife of former Bulls star Eddy Curry, a Will County judge shares her outlook on sparing the belt and spoiling the child.

"I'll tell you, ma'am, there's a lot of people who don't view things the way I do," Judge Daniel Rozak told Curry's ex-wife, Korie Kellogg, after finding her not guilty of aggravated battery to a child Friday.

Kellogg, 30, was arrested and jailed in April by Mokena police. She had beaten her then 10-year-old son, Eddy Curry Jr., 10 times with a belt, said her attorney, Jeff Tomczak.

Staff at her son's school told her to take her child to the hospital, Tomczak said. Hospital staff alerted police and officers ultimately took her in on a felony charge.

But Kellogg insisted—and Judge Rozak apparently agreed—that she was merely exercising parental discipline.

"I'm a great parent," said Kellogg, who owns Proactive Realty in Frankfort and is also the player-owner of the Chicago Crave bikini basketball team.

"I discipline my son out of love," she said, adding that she was grateful to the judge for his decision.

"He allows a parent to be a parent," she said of Rozak. "And I appreciate that."

Tomczak said Kellogg disciplined her son after he bullied a boy at school.

"Her words to me were, 'I felt for the other parent,'" Tomczak said, calling Kellogg "one of the best mothers" he's ever met.

Judge Rozak issued a direct verdict of not guilty before Tomczak even presented his case. The spokesman for the Will County State's Attorney's Office, Charles B. Pelkie, maintained that a crime had in fact been committed.

"There's corporal punishment, but this went too far," Pelkie said. "It wasn't reasonable. There was great bodily harm here."

Kellogg said she was relieved the case was over and that her son was happy with how things turned out.

"He gave me a huge hug," she said.

Kellogg said she was married to Curry for two years. Curry jumped straight from Thornwood High School to the NBA and was drafted fourth overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2001.

Curry now plays for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association. Kellogg said Curry has been her "best friend since fourth grade."

The ordeal of being arrested and tried on a felony may have been unpleasant to live through, but Kellogg believes it will make for good entertainment.

"I think Lifetime Movie Network might have a story," she said. Asked if she has been in discussions with Lifetime, Kellogg replied, "I'm not saying."

just curious January 21, 2013 at 07:57 AM
Joan...where does it say any of that in the article?
Joan Johnson January 22, 2013 at 08:23 PM
@ just curious It was in previous newspaper articles. I also was told the story from someone who works at the school. It was abuse & just because she was married years ago to a basketball player she gets off. What does this teach her son..that hitting someone because you don't approve of their behavior is ok.
RAK January 23, 2013 at 04:10 PM
A belt to the face? She isn't very bright. Also nice to see that a school district employee doesn't respect a student or parent's privacy according to what JJ just stated. I can't wait to see what they do with visitor background check information.
Kathleen Clare February 22, 2013 at 06:24 AM
just wait and see how your kids turn out without getting beat...
Kathleen Clare February 22, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Mothers of Mokena make me sick... A whooping with a belt is child abuse? Come on, get real, they did that in the Bible for God;s sake... No wonder 60% of kids 16+ out there are getting hooked on drugs... mommy and daddy don't want to see it though

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