Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Indecent Proposal: 21st century style.

Do you remember that movie from the 90s, “Indecent Proposal”? The basic premise is a multi-millionaire (played Robert Redford) offers a husband (Woody Harrelson) $1,000,000 for a night with his wife (played by Demi Moore). I’m assuming it wasn’t for an evening of playing scrabble.

That film presented what would be one of the most loaded questions in the history of marriage. The wife asks her hubby “If a man offered a million dollars for one night with me would you take him up on it?”

Do you think the continued rise in the divorce rate in this country had anything to do with how the guy answered that question?

But I digress.

ESPN guy Mike Greenberg recently wrote a story for It was in regards to the comments from Masha Kirilenko, wife of an NBA player.

In case you missed what was inarguably the most important sports story of last week (labor, schmabor; we've had work stoppages before) the wife of Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko told ESPN The Magazine that she has given her husband an allowance of one woman per year.

She said that because women are forever throwing themselves at him and because things that are forbidden only become more desirable, she has told her husband he may have sex outside their marriage one time per year.

"If I know about it," she concluded, "it's not cheating."


Wow, indeed.

I know this story was meant as a light-hearted anecdote, the ultimate living one’s life vicariously through another.

I don’t know anything about the Kirilenkos. How long they’ve been married, what vows (if any) they recited, etc. But I think this is merely an extension of the continued decay of our culture.

Think about it. What’s the thought process behind giving teenagers contraceptives? “Oh, they’re going to have sex anyways.” THAT STILL DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT!

AC Green, an avid promoter of abstinence education, was a 16-year veteran of the NBA (1985-2001). All the while he played he was never even married. However, Green had the moral integrity and discipline to stay abstinent until his 2002 marriage when he was 38-years old!

If AC Green can keep from succumbing to temptation for the 16 NBA seasons he didn’t have a wife, what excuse do the married NBA players have? They only have to endure week-long road trips.

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