FIA President Max Mosley Entangled in Pointless Scandal

Sheiban ShakeriSenior Analyst IMarch 30, 2008

Well, I was under the assumption that sex scandals would primarily be a thing of the political elite, touching people like Bill Clinton and John McCain, who are completely outside the realm of sport.

The only scandals in sport would involve the use of performance-enhancing drugs and trying to work one's way around the rules.

However, something once exclusive to politics has reared its ugly head in motorsport. 

According to the News of the World and the Daily Mail, Max Mosley—president of the FIA, the international body for motorsports—apparently had a £2,500 "Nazi orgy" with five prostitutes who were dressed in Nazi uniforms and concentration camp garb.

What is even more disturbing is that his father was a fascist during WWII and had Adolf Hitler as the guest of honor at his wedding. The video contents were disturbing, and if you care, you can watch them on YouTube like every other major exposé.

However, I am writing an article about something that nobody should really go nuts about. Why?

First, as long as he is not politically obliged to have good values, then who cares?

I am not defending Mosley in this piece, but I do believe that this is his own business. It is going to be something for him and his wife to talk about, not the general public. It's his personal life, let him be.

Also, he wasn't elected by the general public.  Instead, he was elected by the General Assembly of the FIA, completely different from western political leaders who are usually elected by the people.

But, if he used part of the $100 million fine from McLaren last year, or any money from FIA, for that matter, for his fantasy, then it becomes a matter for the FIA.  Since he is using Federation money, hence, public (to a certain extent) money, then he must be investigated.

Finally, having an orgy will most likely not affect his ability as president to make decisions pertaining to the rules of the various motorsports when it comes to issues of safety, sponsorship, requirements, etc.

What's the point of having this type of story?  If it were scientifically proven that this incident would jeopardize his capabilities, then we all would be demanding Mosley's resignation from the FIA.

But as it stands now, while Max Mosley did provoke scandal, it seems not to affect the larger populace of FIA members and fans of the various motorsports, including Formula One.

Sadly, the sports media has taken a page—a very dirty page—out of the book of tabloids to make sports news a rather hot and sexy thing to read. Personally, I believe these things should just be left aside.

Sports pages on the internet should be left to provide relevant news instead of reports of a 68-year-old man performing a rather private act.