The Asian economic crisis has led to a spike in the crime rate in Thailand. In response Bangkok's recently appointed police commissioner, Lieut. Gen. Wannarat Kotcharak, announced a new get-tough policy—directed at his own officers. The city's high-ranking cops are now forbidden to play golf while on duty.
Further, no police superintendent will be allowed to tee it up at all until his jurisdiction is "absolutely free of crime."
Out of Their League
What could be more timely, and dishy, than a tell-all book about the lives of NBA players' wives and lovers written by real-life NBA wives Rita Ewing and Crystal McCrary? After all, McCrary's husband, Seattle SuperSonics guard Greg Anthony, is well-traveled, and in January the world found out—on the Howard Stern radio show, no less—that Ewing's husband of 7½ years, New York Knicks center Patrick, was allegedly having an affair with a Knicks' dancer named Heather Errico. (Patrick and Errico were accused on the air by a caller who claimed to be the ex-boyfriend of Errico's roommate. A month later Rita filed for divorce.)
Alas, anyone expecting Ewing's and McCrary's just-released book, Homecourt Advantage (Avon Books, $23), to be a roman a clef will be disappointed. The book features overheated sex scenes and a predictable "surprise" ending but only a few characters who strongly resemble the folks who work alongside the authors' husbands: Conniving agent Jake Schneider seems modeled on Ewing's man David Falk; the hard-driving New York Flyers coach seems a bit like Pat Riley; and the forward who fathers an illegitimate child with a groupie could be, well, any number of NBA players. There's also enough breathtakingly bad writing in Advantage to rival any dime-store romance novel. It tips off on page 1: "She opened her mouth and greedily accepted her husband's probing tongue as he...explored her mouth with a burning intensity matched by her own mounting passion."
Ewing and McCrary have used far more telling words in interviews. Ewing has estimated that 95% of NBA players cheat on their women and that 75% of the women cheat on their men. In Mirabella magazine she also spoke about attending an NBA-run seminar for players and their families in which the women were given key chains with condoms dangling from the rings. "The message was that it's acceptable for players to mess around," says Ewing. "Imagine being handed a condom to protect yourself from your own husband." Unfortunately, there aren't enough strong observations like that in the book.
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