Men who Said   To Playboy !

Contrary to what Playboy magazine would like us to believe, not every man is supportive of pornographic depictions of women and children in particular, or human sexuality in general.

Several coaches and players that we know of have turned down their nomination for Playboy's All-America Team Award, a pseudo sports award designed to promote Playboy magazine and boost sales from sports fans, as well as legitimize pornography by way of the participation of popular sports figures with a pornographic magazine.

The following is a list of those we know of who have declined Playboy's photo session award.

Steve Alford  Indiana University
David Rivers  Notre Dame University
Mark Price  Georgia Institute of Technology
Pervis Ellison  Louisville University (Unable to attend.)
Kenny Smith  University of North Carolina
J.R. Reid  University of North Carolina
Rasheed Wallace  University of North Carolina
David Robinson  U.S. Naval Academy
Antawn Jamison University of North Carolina
Eric Montross  Univeristy of North Carolina
(Accepted the first nomination, turned down the second.)

Mike Krzyzewski  Duke University
Roy Williams  University of Kansas
John Thompson  Georgetown University
(Accepted the first nomination, after hearing Linnea's presentation declined a second offer)
Bobby Knight  Indiana University
(He was asked by Playboy if he would accept their nomination. When he said no, the magazine never nominated him)

Charlie Ward  Florida State University
Phil Dawson  University of Texas
Clay Shriver  Florida State University
Danny Wuerffel  University of Florida

Bill Curry  Georgia Institute of Technology
Bobby Bowden  Florida State University

The Rationale delineated in 1995 to the National Collegiate Athletic Association for proposed policy changes to improve student-athlete welfare while protecting against media exploitation.

Excerpted from an article by Art Chansky
Feb. 15, 1987

Playboy... dabbles with sports...It is not a sports publication that gives great coverage or credibility to athletes.
           For example, Playboy selects a 10-man preseason college basketball team each year and invites the 10 players and "coach of the year" to Miami ( or other resort) for an expense-paid party weekend. The All-American team gets its picture taken to be published in Playboy with the preseason article.
          Last summer, North Carolina's Kenny Smith, Navy's David Robinson, Indiana's Steve Alford and Notre Dame's David Rivers declined for various reasons Playboy's invitation to go and be photographed. In l985, Georgia Tech's Mark Price declined a similr invitation. The magazine promptly replaced the players with other "All-Americans" on the team and in the picture.
           Smith, Robinson and Alford were concensus preseason All-Americans, named to every team worth mentioning, while Rivers and Price made a number of them. For Playboy to exclude them from its team simply because they couldn't make the trip and the photo is more than ludicrous. It's absurd and says much for the mag's credibility as a sports publication.
           "If they don't want to play ball, they're not on the team," a Playboy spokesman explained. Someone else will take their place."
           "This isn't a valid assessment of the top players in basketball based on their abilities," says Dr. Smith ..."It's based on who's willing to endorse the magazine by appearing in it. ..."
           ...In Dr. Smith's opinion Playboy has a long history of depicting children as appropriate sexual partners; providing information on forms of licit and illicit drug consumption; and depicting sexual activity associated with violence.
           In the same issue that former Maryland star Len Bias was featured with the Playboy All-American team in 1985, Playboy published a fictionalized story about a drug user who, after smoking and snorting illegal substances, proclaimed himself "a new man for a new season."
           Although Playboy says it treats drugs in a matter-of-fact manner, it has published information about how many milligrams of cocaine it takes to reach euphoria, testing for purity and the going street price, along with advertising the sale of gold-plated razor blades on a chain. Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, one of the most recognizable figures in the country, was quoted in Newsweek last fall that he smokes marijuana to enhance love-making and takes amphetamines to help him crank out more Playboys.
           ..."I'm not for censorship, and I'm in favor of non-exploitive sexual expression," she says. "I don't want to affect the players' freedom of choice in a democratic society, but I don't think they'd go if they fully understood the ramifications of their appearance in Playboy."
           ...Her best ammunition are the athletes, themselves, although it takes more than the courageous few who have stated their views.
           According to Notre Dame Sports Information Director Roger Valdisseri, David Rivers declined the Playboy invitation because he "didn't think it was right for kids to get a hold of the magazine and see him in it. He didn't think it was the place he should represent his school and his family."

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