Just when we hit another lull in the tennis calendar we have a couple idiot players involved in a sex scandal to help us pass the time. ADHEREL
Now I’m all for players hitting the town and trying to “get some” when they are at an event. After all, they are youthful star athletes in the prime of their career and their sex drive is bound to be sky high, but if you are going to go out on the hunt you better know what you are doing and who you are doing it with. Better to be safe than, well you know the rest.
Unfortunately not all the players follow such a code as evidenced this week. News out of Sweden broke that had ATP player Ernests Gulbis accused of attempting to pay a prostitute for sex at the Stockholm event.
Reports suggest the monetary transaction was never actually too place, but Gulbis spent the Sunday night in the pokie before his release following further interrogation on Monday. A second player yet unnamed was also implicated.
This from Tom Tebbutt at the Toronto Globe and Mail:
“Ernests, 21, may have had other things on his mind after reportedly being arrested on Sunday night, and then spending time in jail before being released on Monday morning, for attempted solicitation of a prostitute. In Sweden, strangely enough, the criminal burden is on the person soliciting sex, not the prostitute offering the service.”
“Gulbis and a friend were apparently caught as they entered a Stockholm hotel in the company of prostitutes and eventually, according to Swedish press accounts, he copped a plea and was fined 2,500 Swedish Kronor ($382 Canadian).”
“An ATP official confirmed that Gulbis did not do any media after his loss on Wednesday to Lopez, and declined the single request for an interview.”
Getting busted for trying to get with some prostitutes is never a good way to finish out a season, and that goes for any player in any sport.
And Ernests if it was you (and you haven’t denied it), just because you have a lot of money doesn’t mean you should be spending that dough picking up ho’s! Instead of chasing why not put that cash to some good use, like paying some coaches (maybe Brad Gilbert) to get your game straight and your head/mind out of your you know what. That is unless you are really that dead set on remaining one of the great underachievers of this generation. With your game, your talent – and we’ve all seen moments where you do shine – you should not be sliding down to No. 93 in the computer rankings and staring at a losing 2009 record especially after another loss today. But on the other hand we now know what you’ve been busy doing instead of practicing.
I do actually like Ernests and he seems like nice, good-hearted kid. I just hope he “wakes up” one day but time is quickly running out. As for the other player, you are now on alert.
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