No Small Talk, Just 2 Guys Watching

By Knott, Tom | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), July 25, 2001 | Go to article overview

No Small Talk, Just 2 Guys Watching


Knott, Tom, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Byline: Tom Knott

Patrick Ewing has come out of hiding after being sighted about as frequently as Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest last season.

Ewing showed up in a courtroom in Atlanta earlier this week after signing with the Orlando Magic last week.

His message was agreeable enough. He feels the love in both cities, in the literal and figurative sense.

Ewing puts his pants on one leg at a time in Orlando. He takes his pants off one leg at a time in Atlanta.

Ewing turns 39 next month as he nears the end of a Hall of Fame basketball career that includes about 10 visits to a strip bar called the Gold Club.

The visits prompted Ewing's appearance in Atlanta, where prosecutors contend the Gold Club was a front for organized crime.

It seems Ewing, along with other celebrity athletes, provided the club with a certain gloss.

He is guilty of nothing, except perhaps poor judgment, as he practiced his version of safe sex.

As Ewing testified, he walked into the place, the owner and manager gave him a big hug, and the dancers did the rest in a special room.

Ewing told the jury that either the owner or the manager instructed the dancers to "go ahead and take care of him," which they did in oral fashion as the owner and manager sat next to the 7-footer and got an eyeful.

This beats a courtside seat at an arena, depending on your point of view. This also redefines the meaning of peep show.

This stuff never happens to the average Joe. The average Joe does not walk into a strip bar and wind up in the enthrall of skimpily clad babes, which probably is just as well.

How many men would be strong enough, disciplined enough and tough enough to turn down this sort of personal attention?

The exchange with the dancers did not cost Ewing a penny, only about 25 minutes' worth of embarrassing testimony.

It is often said that nobody loves Goliath, but Ewing is there to show otherwise.

He shows up to a club and the fireworks commence. There is no dinner, no small talk, no movie, no flowers and no box of chocolates. He is in the mood, they are in the mood, and the rest is legal history. …

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