Lisa De Vanna Photos: Aussie Olympic Star in Facebook Sex Pic Scandal

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2010

Lisa De Vanna Photos: Aussie Olympic Star in Facebook Sex Pic Scandal

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    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10:  Lisa De Vanna of the Glory passes the ball during the round two W-League match between the Perth Glory and Newcastle Jets at ME Bank Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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    Another soccer star is in trouble for a sex scandal, and it's not Wayne Rooney but Lisa De Vanna.

    De Vanna, an Australian soccer star, posted suggestive photos to her Facebook account, setting off an outrage among her fans, especially mothers of young children across Australia.

    Why the outrage? Oh, a 13-year-old girl happened to see them. Smooth.

    De Vanna currently plays for the Washington Freedom, who I didn't even know existed until this exact moment.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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    COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Lisa De Vanna of Australia in action during the Olympic Qualification match between Australia and North Korea at BCU International Stadium on June 10, 2007 in Coffs Harbour, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty
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    Except in this case, the words are just as bad.

    Along with the pictures was evidently some profane comments on one photo that showed De Vanna posing with a large inflatable male sex organ.

    Some famous athletes need to realize that they need to keep stuff like that away from the public eye.

It Gets Worse

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    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27:  Lisa De Vanna of Australia in action during the AFC Womens Asian Cup Semi Final match between Japan and Australia at Hindmarsh Stadium July 27, 2006 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by James Knowler/Getty Images)
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    Other photos depict De Vanna and others engaging in simulated sex acts while clothed, which let's be honest, really isn't much better.

    De Vanna is 25 years old and this is something that 25 year olds do, but she should have known better than to do something like this.


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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03:   Lisa De Vanna  of Australia in action during the International Womens Football match between Australia and China at Aussie Stadium December 3, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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    The 13-year-old girl found the photos accidentally while searching for her hero online. Google: smearing star athletes one day at a time.

    The mother of the girl told the media that her daughter is "distraught" after seeing the images. While I agree that it was inappropriate, distraught? Really? That reeks of a mother trying to stir the pot to me.


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    HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG - SEPTEMBER 15:  Lisa De Vanna (L) of Australia celebrates a goal against Norway during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 Group C match between Australia and Norway at Hangzhou Dragon Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang pr
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    The mother in question also told the media exactly what she thought.

    "I wouldn't want my daughter to follow the Matildas and Lisa," she said. "These girls aren't role models, they are an embarrassment to themselves and their sport.''



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    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: Lisa De Vanna of the Glory reacts after missing a shot on goal during the round six W-League match between the Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners at Clipsal Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo b
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    After the scandal broke, FFA head of women's football Leeanne Grantham apologized for De Vanna's "stupidity."

    "I am so sorry that your daughter has accessed such images and more so from one of our players' Facebook pages,'' Grantham said in the e-mail according to the press.

No Statement

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    SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 19:  Lisa De Vanna of Australia controls the ball during the 2008 Queen Peace Cup match between Australia and Brazil at the Suwon Sports Complex on June 19, 2008 in Suwon, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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    As of now, De Vanna has not issued a statement about the scandal but the photos have been taken down from her account. Obviously.

    De Vanna will have to say something soon to quell the outrage.


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    KOBE, JAPAN - JULY 24:  Lisa De Vanna of the Australian Matildas in action during the women's international friendly match between Japan and the Australian Matildas at Home's Stadium Kobe on July 24, 2008 in Kobe, Japan.  (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty
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    A spokesman for the FFA said the Federation was looking into whether De Vanna had broken the FFA Code of Conduct by her actions that night and posting the photos.

    This could get ugly for De Vanna.

Top Player

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    HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG - SEPTEMBER 15:  Australia's  Cheryl Salisbury (5#) holds Lisa De Vanna (R 11#)  to celebrate the 1-1 draw after the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 Group C match between Australia and Norway at Hangzhou Dragon Stadium on September 15, 2007
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    De Vanna's FFA profile describes her as "one of the most electrifying strikers in women's world football."

    Now De Vanna is electrifying for another reason, a reason she probably wishes didn't exist.

National Hero

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    TIANJIN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Lisa De Vanna of Australia in action during the Quarter Final of the Women's World Cup 2007 match between Brasil and Australia at Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium on September 23, 2007 in Tianjin, China.  (Photo by Paul Gilha
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    In 2007, De Vanna was named the Western Australian Sportswoman of the Year. She was also named to the Australian World Cup team that year.

    It's a sad chapter in what otherwise has been a very great story for Australian soccer.

Gas Station Worker?

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    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Lisa De Vanna of Australia in action during the international friendly match between Australia and Mexico at the Melbourne Cricket Ground May 25, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.   (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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    After returning from the World Cup, De Vanna went back to her job as a worker at a gas station.

    How many national heroes do you see doing that? I guess women's soccer doesn't pay like sports elsewhere in the world.