TMZ By ESPN: “50 pct of NBA wives are groupies”

Today was yet another episode of the “Groupie Strikes Back“, with an apparent female acquaintance of Miami Heat player Dorell Wright posting a pic of his junk on her public account. The unfortunate photo followed my Sunday piece on NBA and NFL ballers meeting groupies through the same social networking website.

TMZ by ESPN NBA players and groupies

(PTI’s Dan Le Batard? Prob Not Big Fan Of TMZ-By-ESPN’s “Player X”)

ESPN The Magazine also recently had a take on NBA groupies from an anonymous current  player. Though despite complete confidentiality, “Player X Blog” seemed more a nod to keeping up appearances with the TMZ crowd than providing provocative content. (I don’t need to tell you what the magazine business is like these days!)

Yet we were provided one unintentionally amusing insight a typical NBAer’s nuptials.


Not that long ago, The Mag’s NFL Player X (whoever he is) estimated that 30 percent of married NFL players cheat on their wives. I was surprised to hear it was that low. In the NBA, I think it’s closer to 60 percent.

People ask me all the time how many of the women I meet are looking for a ring. I have to assume it’s all of them, because I’ve never met a groupie who was in it just to have fun.

In fact, I would guess that 50 percent of NBA wives actually started out as groupies. And a lot of those women are realistic about the scene their spouses are in. They take a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach. They will say something like, “Don’t embarrass me by getting caught.” It’s not that they like the situation, but they understand the circumstances. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that they were in those same clubs looking to get with a professional athlete, no matter how many tries it took.

Now there’s a bizarre bit of victimhood if I’ve ever read it. 99% of men would take that gilded cage any day.

What’s most interesting about the anon blogs ESPN The Magazine publishes is how they are made available online. All are only accessible through ESPN’s ‘Insider’ service. Though most of ESPN The Mag’s content is presented similarly, I don’t think it’s a mistake that Bristol is obscuring its TMZ-type content behind a paywell.

If ESPN really wants Insider signups and mag subscriptions, they’ll ditch the “Player X” blog in favor of an “ESPNer X” blog. Or at the very least give us an anonymous barback at the Bristol Outback Steakhouse.