Deadspin Obtains Unedited ESPN The Magazine Column On Athlete Infidelity
February 24 / Dan Fogarty / SportsGrid
Deadspin has published an unedited draft for an ESPN the Magazine column on athlete infidelity, married life, and prenuptial agreements. Like most unedited drafts, it's different than the finished product, and when you see it, you'll understand why.
"Player X" is a monthly column in ESPN Mag by an unnamed professional athlete, meant to give readers an idea of the issues and conflicts facing players. According to an introductory piece written by Player X himself, the column is supposed to "share what athletes think, straight from inside the locker room," and "show that the life of an athlete isn't always what it appears to be."
In a piece published on December 30th, 2010, Player X used the Tiger Woods scandal to frame a discussion about player infidelity and the importance of prenuptial agreements. A large portion of it was wildly entertaining, but had no hope of being published in a magazine owned by a company that's owned by Disney. It should be noted that Deadspin acknowledged this, and also that some athlete experiences are "unpublishable."
Here's a portion of the Player X piece, with strikethroughs through sentences that were reportedly edited out by ESPN.
I'm telling you, the temptations we players face are crazy. You're seeing things you never seen before. Experiencing things you've never dreamed of. And the caliber of these women? They're goddam gorgeous. Not all of them. But the ones who put some work in, put on those dresses, let their asses pop, do up their hair and get their makeup going, they look fine as hell. Our natural instinct isn't to grab lunch with her. We wanna know how she smells, how she feels, how she tastes.
Obviously, the above edits were made to make the piece slightly less graphic.
Where it gets interesting, however, is when you start to look things that were taken out, not for being obscene, but for what they plainly state. Here's an entire section about Eva Longoria (who was recently divorced from the Spurs' Tony Parker) that was reportedly removed.
But, remember, Tony and Eva's book hasn't been written, either. We've all heard stories about celebs who fake-cheated-planted a story about cheating-just to get more buzz. Well, I'll tell you what I heard: Tony wasn't the only one messing around. Eva was getting hers, too, with a couple of entertainers, who I won't name.
Again, it's obvious why this stuff couldn't be published by ESPN, and you can't blame them for not putting it out there (this is not a case for the newly appointed ombudsman(s), anyway). Still, that doesn't make it any less fun to look at, and it also makes you wonder what Player X's other unedited works look like.
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