Athletes Who Love Strippers

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2011

Athletes That Love Strippers

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    There is something about the professional athlete that seems to make him love the strip-club—and it goes as far back as athletes themselves have existed. 

    You are kidding yourself if you don't think the first ever Olympics in Greece didn't have some sort of strip-club near by.

    What is it about the two professions that cause them to always cross paths?

    Is it the athletic talent that it takes to slide up-and-down a pole in heels?

    Is it the ability to bend and stretch in any position, just like athletes?

    Or—do they just like watching naked girls dance?

    We may never know for sure, but here are the athletes that have a hobby—and that hobby is attending strip-clubs.

20. Jeremy Shockey

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    Shockey has plenty of fans in every imaginable profession—one of his bigger groups of fans all hold the same profession.

    When asked who would win the 2010 Super Bowl between the Saints and the Colts, New York strippers knew who they were rooting for: 

    “We’re not allowed to talk about our celebrity customers,” said Cynthia. “But let’s just say that we all know and love Jeremy.”

    “Jeremy is my favorite athlete,” said Alyssa. 

    Did he get a victory dance?

19. Oscar De La Hoya

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    Oscar may not frequent strip-clubs as much as most of the athletes on this list, but he does likes to pretend he is a stripper.

    Topless dancer Milana Dravnel claimed back in '07 that the two of them engaged in some interesting role-playing.

    The stripper alleged that Oscar wanted to be called Goldie—while he engaged in typical girlish behavior—and even posed in a white, fluffy tutu among other outfits.

    Cross-dressing with strippers...Oscar sure knows how to have a good time.

18. Jason Kidd

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    Kidd lost a marriage because of his love for the strip-club.

    His ex-wife Joumana Kidd cited his extramarital affairs with dancers in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Indiana for the break-up of their 10-year marriage.

    I wonder if Kidd was throwing dimes on the strippers like he does on the basketball court.

    Heads up strippers...

17. Curtis Granderson

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    Granderson's comments to USA Today sum up his thoughts on gentleman's clubs:

    "Strip clubs have become "the place to be" for many young men and women. It's a place where you can go and be a guy."

    He went on to talk about the women, live entertainment and huge flat-screen TVs showing sports:

    "You've pretty much checked off everything on the list for what a guy might want to do to enjoy himself or relax outside his house."

    He does have a point.

16. Alex Rodriguez

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    A-Rod got busted hardcore when the paparazzi caught him getting on an elevator at a Toronto hotel with a mysterious blonde stripper in 2008.

    The former Playboy playmate got Rodriguez in big trouble with his wife at the time when word came out that he was at Toronto's Brass Rail all-nude strip-club the entire night.


15. Stephen Jackson

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    A drunk Jackson famously fired shots into the air after getting in a verbal dispute outside of a strip-club in Indianapolis.

    Let's make that a new rule for athletes:

    You can go to a strip-club and get drunk—but don't bring a gun.

    Or you can go to a strip-club with a gun—just don't get drunk.

14. Zach Randolph

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    Randolph was given “bereavement leave” from the Portland Trailblazers in '07 when he learned of the murder of his girlfriend’s cousin.

    Nothing funny about that.

    But the next night, while the Blazers were playing a home game (the game he was excused from), he was allegedly seen at a local strip-club.

    Randolph told a club official that it was a quick stop while he was on the way to the airport to catch a red-eye flight.

    The problem was, there was no flight that night.

    Skipping games to go to the strip club...Randolph sure was a wild child in Portland.

13. Jamaal Anderson

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    We enter the Gold Club zone.

    It was a famous strip-club in Atlanta that attracted numerous famous athletes. The owner ended up having to go to court and faced years in prison for credit-card fraud, prostitution, money laundering, police corruption and even inappropriate ties to the powerful Gambino crime family.

    Numerous athletes were dragged into the trial.

    Jamaal Anderson had to testify in detail about his experiences at the club.

    Let's just say it was a little more graphic than the "Dirty Bird" dance.

12. Andrew Jones

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    Jones testified in the Gold Club Trial that he had sexual intercourse with two women from the club in a hotel room, while owner Steve Kaplan watched.

    Uh, why exactly, did the owner need to be there?

    Jones played in Atlanta for 11-years and was a regular customer at the strip-club.

    He told a courtroom that he was invited to private parties by Gold Club employees all the time.

11. Larry Johnson

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    L.J. was the guy that started it all.

    The year was 1994 and Johnson was at the Gold Club when he allegedly asked the owner if he had a woman for him.

    A voice went off in the club owner's head: "If you give pro-athletes a stripper to have sex with, they will come."

    This the supposed beginning of the loving relationship between professional athletes and the Gold Club.

10. Patrick Ewing

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    Ewing testified in the Gold Club trial that he was in a private room with "six to 10 girls" for a night of groping and lap-dancing.

    He also told the judge and jury that he received complimentary VIP rooms, dancers and sexual favors on different occasions—both times with the Gold Club owner looking on.

    His testimony has got to be one of the most hilarious/embarrassing of all-time.

9. Vince Young

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    Young was arrested for assault at a strip-club in 2010 after another patron flashed an upside-down "Hook em' Horns" hand signal.

    It almost got him suspended and Young is another case of an athlete that likes to fight at strip-clubs.

    Good thing the fight was over something really important.

8. Hines Ward

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    The Internet almost exploded when the Dallas Morning News reported that Ward and a few teammates went to a strip-club on the Monday before the Super Bowl.

    According to the paper, Ward danced with “a couple of strippers”, paid for a few personal dances and got up on the main stage to celebrate “Make it Rain Monday” with a couple of dancers.

    Maybe Ward should have been studying Green Bay Packers film.

7. Albert Haynesworth

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    Few things have gone right for "Fat Albert" since signing that outrageous $100M deal with the Redskins.

    He is being sued for $10M by a stripper in Brooklyn who claims he impregnated her—then abandoned her.

    Making a short appearance then quickly leaving?

    Sounds like his Redskins tenure.

6. Charles Barkley

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    Sir Charles says he isn't a role model, and his Hall of Fame induction speech is a great example.

    He thanked his friends, family, teammates...and strip-clubs?

    Barkley gave a shout-out to his favorite strip-clubs in Philadelphia and Phoenix.

    Barkley is also known to bring his own fresh wad of $1 bills to the strip-club so he doesn't have to mess with the dirty bills given out.

    Don't forget about his '09 DUI, where he admitted to police that he was pissed because he was just going around the corner for a "blowjob."

5. Fred Smoot

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    "The Love Boat Scandal" is also known as the "The Smoot Boat Scandal".

    Back in '05 the Vikings allegedly hired strippers from all across the country to be on a cruise ship with the majority of the Vikings on their bye-week.

    Various players performed sexual acts on the strippers and Smoot's name kept getting brought up during the investigation.

    Smoot was the alleged leader of the whole event.

    He is apparently the guy who hired the boat and strippers for the cruise on Lake Minnetonka. Also, he allegedly performed sex acts on the strippers that are too graphic for detail.

4. John Salley

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    The former NBA big man has reinvented himself as a reporter of all that is nasty at the clubs.

    His account of a St. Louis strip-club in the 90's is...well...stinky. He is sort of the strip club/groupie beat writer for the site.

    He famously gave a public service announcement to all rookies telling them to never kiss a stripper or a groupie on the lips.

    Salley is like a father-figure to young strip-club patrons and his advice should not be taken lightly.

3. Tiger Woods

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    Tiger is a big fan of strippers, even if he played the "This is my first time at a strip club" card all the time.

    He would allegedly make appearances at NYC's Scores, where he would always pretended to be a "virgin to strip clubs" according to Scores manager Tony Lombardi.

    His laundry list of mistresses included plenty of strippers.

    All it took was a finger point for Woods to find his girl. This was allegedly an ongoing occurrence for at least five years.

    He managed to cover it all up for the longest time—until one cold Thanksgiving night...

2. Adam "Pacman" Jones

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    This guy made "makin it rain” the phrase of the year in 2007. He popularized one of the most famous things to do at a strip club.

    He was at a Vegas strip-club for NBA All-Star weekend and he was drunk.

    Those are the only two facts we know.

    But a bouncer was left paralyzed after members of Jones’ entourage shot two men and Jones reportedly slammed a stripper's head to the stage when she attempted to pick up the hundreds of $1 bills he had thrown at her.

    Careful when Jones makes it rain at the same strip club as you—run for cover.

1. Dennis Rodman

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    The most featured man in the Gold's Club scandal, Rodman did it all at that Atlanta club.

    In his book entitled "I Should be Dead by Now" he proclaimed himself a frequent traveler of strip-clubs around the world.

    He called himself a strip-club "connoisseur."

    The book tells stories of VIP parties turned orgies, "negotiating" services with some of the women and finding his buddy eating chicken wings in a room full of naked women.

    He spoke about hooking up his younger friend with a woman. Rodman thought he had done a good deed.

    Turns out the guy was germophobic and ran out of the room to the nearest sink to wash his hands for the next hour.

    The best line of the book was when he told a D.A.: "Pay for sex? No way. I don't have to."