August 21, 2003

'My White Slave' and other family favorites: are supposedly part of Brent Worthington's x-rated home video collection of himself and Scottie Pippen, while both attended Central Arkansas University. Anyone have a more reliable source for this story. And is there even a school of that name?

posted by garfield to basketball at 09:04 AM - 35 comments

this is probably bs.

posted by garfield at 09:05 AM on August 21

I'm not a Pippen fan, but that's a total pantload.

posted by Samsonov14 at 09:14 AM on August 21

Well, it's on the internet - so it must be true. Right?...... Hello?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:39 AM on August 21

There is a University of Central Arkansas in Conway, which Scottie Pippen attended. Other than that, though, the amateurish tone of the news story makes me think it's either a spoof or a completely non-credible publication. Any pro reporter who covered the story would have been obligated to watch the tapes and verify that they prove that the guy's alleged relationship with Pippen was true.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on August 21

"My White Slave" - EEEeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwww.

posted by vito90 at 10:09 AM on August 21

This is all pretty shady...but apparently Scottie Pippen's attorney has responded. Do you think it's a smear campaign perpetrated by Kendall Gill?

posted by pastepotpete at 10:41 AM on August 21

Let's see: name-dropping, scandal-dropping, two coincidentally linked famous Arkansas residents, a rise and fall, a lover's spat, and the final dénouement, a book. Ummm, yeah right.

posted by dusted at 10:42 AM on August 21

One word ... Yuck!

posted by Mike McD at 10:53 AM on August 21

There is a Brent Worthington from Arkansas, but this is all I could find to prove it. His dad was a banker (whitewater), so that jives with the story.

posted by garfield at 10:55 AM on August 21

When and how did you two meet? "We met back at CAU in a Biology class. Um, wouldn't he call it UCA? I know, nobody really believes this is true, but it's a pretty lame attempt with many holes in it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:12 PM on August 21

exactly my thought ufez.

posted by garfield at 01:59 PM on August 21

And if you were a gay man boasting about banging a NBA player - wouldn't Pippen be the last guy on your list? Either him or Tyrone Hill. Ugly, ugly people.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:04 PM on August 21

I don't think heterosexual male sports fans are allowed to answer the question of which NBA player we would boast about banging if we were gay.

posted by rcade at 02:13 PM on August 21

Well - esthetics need no sexual orientation. Gay, striaght, bent don't be so suburban - I'm a pyronecrobestialphiliac. Yes. I like to have sex with dead animals that are on fire.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:25 PM on August 21

Ufez is right. The school is called UCA - it used to be Arkansas Teachers's College way back when my grandfather got his teaching degree. But it has never been CAU. My BS meter is off the chart.

posted by mbd1 at 02:46 PM on August 21

Mebbe he used the CAU goof b/c he lives in the same town as Clark Atlanta U. on the other hand, googling for "cau" and "central arkansas" does provide some links to basketball scores for a certain Central Arkansas U. most importantly, google also uncovers this, which i think supports the dude's story tremendously. remember: "Don't wait for college coaches to find you, let Poo Sports find them for you."

posted by danostuporstar at 03:13 PM on August 21

Nothing screams credibility like a company with the name "Poo" in it's title.

posted by jerseygirl at 03:39 PM on August 21

I would definitely bang Rick Fox, if, uhh, I had cancer and banging Rick Fox was the only way to cure it.

posted by vito90 at 04:05 PM on August 21

The only ones banging Rick Fox are his wife and Doug Christie.

posted by dusted at 04:15 PM on August 21

Do you think it's a smear campaign One word ... Yuck! Awww Hell Nawwww.... Him Too???? With so much in the news about Kobe Bryant and his sexual assault case, the news media will soon have another story to cover. true or total bullshit, it sure is a startling reminder that the worst thing that can happen to an athelete--as bad as being accused of rape, apparently--is to be a faggot.

posted by kjh at 04:18 PM on August 21

kjh - hmm, not where I was going with the whole thing myself, can't speak for the rest of the spophobes here ;) The "ewwww" yuck thing for me was definitely more a comment on Pippen being aesthetically challenged and the whole idea of the videotaping of a "white slave" role play. For me it definitely brought back memories of Marcellus Wallace/Ving Rhames bent over with a ball in his mouth.

posted by vito90 at 04:27 PM on August 21

I don't think heterosexual male sports fans are allowed to answer the question of which NBA player we would boast about banging if we were gay. Are we allowed to answer who we'd be embarrased by even if we were hosting Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? 'Cause my answers are Scottie Pippen and Sam Cassell in that order. Not all at once; I'd throw up.

posted by yerfatma at 04:43 PM on August 21

What about Patrick Ewing? You'd be drenched in sweat after 15 seconds.

posted by yerfatma at 04:44 PM on August 21

You guys are spending way too much time on this.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:50 PM on August 21

SportsFilter: Drenched in sweat after 15 seconds with Patrick Ewing!

posted by billsaysthis at 04:53 PM on August 21

Gives a whole new meaning to Fantasy Sports.

posted by dusted at 05:08 PM on August 21

worst thing that can happen to an athlete is to be a faggot A little sensitive, are we? So what is it? Is faggotdom impressed upon the victim, or do some athletes start as faggots? My point being that in the article Scottie's ex acknowledges that Scottie realized he was fonder of girls. I don't know where the definitional boundary lies, but I'd say that wouldn't make him a faggot. Bi, perhaps. Semantics, yes, but I didn't pull out the fine-tootheed comb to begin with. Also, kjh, assault and battery are pretty bad crimes, don't you think? Or does being ostracised for one's sexual orientation excuse one's violent actions? Personally, I think the worst thing an athlete can do was illustrated by Orenthal Simpson (or that skater dude). And the worst thing that can happen to an athlete is to lose the ability to compete.

posted by garfield at 05:32 PM on August 21

Homosexuality doesn't bother me. The specific idea of Scottie Pippen role playing 'My White Slave' grosses me out. There are really almost no famous female equivalents because sports is one of the only places I can think of where really ugly people become famous. To put it in perspective, hearing the sexual exploints (and not just the rape ... any sexual exploits) of Latasha Byears would provoke the same response. Yuck!

posted by Mike McD at 09:04 PM on August 21

First of all, I clap my hands and applaud all of you ignorant fucks who have chosen to use the word "faggot" to denote a homosexual male... Let's show a little respect and discuss this topic like mature adults instead of 10 year-old boys... Can I call Scottie Pippen a "nigger" athlete? Hmmm... that would be disrespectful and gosh, people who read it might get offended. I'm not black, but I know not to use a word like "nigger" or "negro" when I'm talking about "blacks" or "African Americans" (unless I'm reciting rap lyrics)... and I'm not a homosexual, but I know that I should think twice about calling a gay person a "faggot". Perhaps it's not the "in" thing to be P.C., but the last time I checked, being respectful was still "in". So, let's try to not act like fuckin' Nazis or Klan members and show a little respect... Okay, now that I've said that... I feel bad for Pippen. The guy has won numerous championships and was an All-Star. He has worked hard to build his name in the game, and it's all gonna go to shit because he has to answer to his sexual conduct when he was 18 years old. The guy is not in political office... he's not leading us... he's not even a role model for kids nowadays (how many kids do you know who look up to Scottie Pippen as a role model?)... so, why is his character or his past even an issue? There was no crime committed. This Brent dude needs to get a life... and we all need to start looking at Pippen as an athlete and nothing more. Sure, he's got a gonzo nose and a robotic voice and the whole idea of him saying "Let's make a video and call it 'White Slave'" is pretty disturbing and makes me cringe... but like garfield alluded to in his statement, Kobe's act is FAR worse... because he IS a role model and he HAD a reputation when he made his decision to cheat on his wife... and if the charges hold, he'll go to jail. But Pippen? He was just a college kid trying to make it... he had no reputation to uphold... he had no fans to please... he could do as he please... and i guess homosexual acts pleased him.

posted by jhwoo82 at 07:31 AM on August 22

actually, the gay community is starting to embrace 'faggot' as a term of endearment.

posted by garfield at 08:25 AM on August 22

actually, the gay community is starting to embrace 'faggot' as a term of endearment. Here's Dan Savage's perspective on this:

When I started writing this column in 1991, there was a debate raging in hellish homosexual circles about words like faggot. The idea was that if we used these words ourselves--Queer Nation, Dyke March, "Hey, Faggot"--straights couldn't use them as hate words anymore. I chose "Hey, Faggot" as my salutation in joking reference to this lively debate about reclaiming hate words. Lo many columns later, it feels strange to begin every column with a joke about a debate that ended years ago. So, I'm retiring "Hey, Faggot."
His followup column has readers' reactions.

posted by kirkaracha at 09:16 AM on August 22

jhwoo82 - I think we should not take this too seriously - we all feel it's likely a false allegation. I think the use of faggot is a little tongue in cheek. Or tongue in butt, depending on what 'mows yer lawn.'

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:28 AM on August 22

woo, that's a good point, kid. We should be careful about things like that, but Weedy has a point as well. I think when kjh used the word initially, he was stating what people might say about it - using the word as a perjorative to show that, according to many fans, being gay is tantamount to being a criminal, or at least in the same ballpark of acceptablility. Having said that, I think it's a good idea to tone it down a bit, and make sure that this is a friendly place for people of all races, orientations, and genders. Except for Polacks. Screw those guys.

posted by Samsonov14 at 12:48 PM on August 22

well, people seem divided on this issue.

posted by garfield at 01:03 PM on August 22

If Mr. Worthington is a hair stylist or part owner of a hair salon, then he must have a license. This is public information and can be checked out here https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/ All barbers, stylists, etc. must have one!

posted by cleofuswalker at 09:48 AM on August 26

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