Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gifford, Albert Unlikely Villains

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gifford, Albert Unlikely Villains

Article excerpt

News item: Sports personality is indicted on assault and

sodomy charges that allege he forced a woman to perform sexual

acts.

News item: Another sports personality is secretly

photographed by a supermarket tabloid in what appears to be an

extramarital rendezvous with a voluptuous former flight

attendant.

Is Michael Irvin in trouble again?

Dennis Rodman?

John Daly?

No, no and no.

The newest bad boys of sports are so incredibly unlikely that

when accounts of their reported transgressions moved on our wire

services, I thought I had mistakenly logged on to the Mad

Magazine Web page. This was surely a spoof, right? Frank

Gifford and Marv Albert, two television broadcasting icons,

involved in sex scandals? Ridiculous. Ludicrous. Preposterous.

Welcome to ABC's Wide World of Adultery, where the Globe, a

trashy tabloid, recently videotaped Gifford steamily

embracing a blonde who is very definitely not his famous

wife Kathie Lee.

And welcome to NBC's Tuesday Night Movie -- The Tempestuous

Toupee -- starring Albert as a berserk basketball commentator

indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting and sodomizing a

female companion.

Sports has become a sardonic tragi-comedy of bizarre behavior.

And if these stories weren't so sad and pathetic, you might

be tempted to snicker at their outlandishness.

We expect to see athletes, many of whom are young and dumb

and unaccustomed to life in the spotlight, get into trouble, but

not two of TV's most successful commentators. And especially not

Gifford, 66, or Albert, 53 -- two middle-aged men who should

certainly know better.

Albert's indictment yesterday is the most troubling of the two

stories. He was indicted on charges of assault and sodomy in

Arlington, Va., by a 41-year-old woman who said she had known

Albert for about 10 years. …

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