who Said To
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.
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.
following is a list of those we know of who have declined Playboy's
photo session award.
Steve Alford Indiana
David Rivers Notre Dame
Mark Price Georgia Institute
Pervis Ellison Louisville
University (Unable to attend.)
University of North Carolina
J.R. Reid University of
Rasheed Wallace University
of North Carolina
David Robinson U.S. Naval
Antawn Jamison University
of North Carolina
Univeristy of North Carolina
(Accepted the first
nomination, turned down the second.)
Mike Krzyzewski Duke
Roy Williams University
John Thompson Georgetown
(Accepted the first
nomination, after hearing Linnea's presentation declined a second offer)
(He was asked by
Playboy if he would accept their nomination. When he said no, the magazine
never nominated him)
Charlie Ward Florida
Phil Dawson University of
Clay Shriver Florida State
Bill Curry Georgia
Institute of Technology
Bobby Bowden Florida State
Rationale delineated in 1995 to the National
Collegiate Athletic Association for proposed policy changes to improve
student-athlete welfare while protecting against media exploitation.
PLAYBOY DON'T MIX
Excerpted from an article by Art Chansky
BASKETBALL TIMES, Feb. 15, 1987
dabbles with sports...It is not a sports publication that gives great coverage
or credibility to athletes.
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
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.
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.
don't want to play ball, they're not on the team," a Playboy spokesman
explained. Someone else will take their place."
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. ..."
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
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."
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.
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."
ammunition are the athletes, themselves, although it takes more than the
courageous few who have stated their views.
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."