Two words: hookers and sports.
"Of course a number of sports personalities used the service," said Deborah Jeane Palfrey, former owner of a Washington, D.C., escort service, which over 13 years had as many as 10,000 clients.
|This latest controversy will make Eugene Robinson's tiff seem inconsequential. (Getty Images)|
And, quite possibly, dozens if not hundreds of those clients were professional athletes, coaches, general managers and others from every major sports league going back 13 years.
"There are (clients) I remember, clients I don't and clients I would remember if my memory is jogged," Palfrey told me in a telephone interview. "I don't know sports but I can tell you some people in sports are going to get hit. There is a lot of hypocrisy in sports. There may be a coach or an owner or player who preached one thing and did another as a client of mine."
"It's a guarantee there were clients in sports," she added later. "You pick any demographic from the preacher to an NFL running back and they were clients of mine."
Oh boy. Another potential sports scandal.
And shockingly, Pacman Jones isn't involved.
At least we think he's not involved. It's early. Give it time.
I'm still awaiting comment from Eugene Robinson on this one.
I know. You are just stunned that a professional athlete or coach would use the services of a prostitute. Because athletes and prostitutes go together like biscuits and gravy. Or is it athletes and biscuits go together like prostitutes and gravy? I forget.
Palfrey has been accused by the United States government of running a prostitution ring, something she has vehemently denied. A prostitution ring is different from a team's Ring of Honor. Just so you know.
She has also been called the D.C. Madam, which puts her right up there in the potential pantheon of sports nicknames with Charlie Hustle, the Purple People Eaters and the Immaculate Reception.