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."