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August 09, 1999
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Locker Room Voyeurs
Sex Spies and Videotape

Late last month lawyers representing more than 200 young athletes filed a lawsuit in Cook County, Ill. The suit identifies the plaintiffs only as "John Does and unknown Illinois State University football players" because it involves a sensational scenario: videomakers secretly filming naked male athletes who use locker rooms, showers and urinals at colleges all over the U.S.

"This involves schools from the Ivy League to the West Coast," says Louis Goldstein, one of the plaintiffs' lawyers. "I have eight tapes that show over a thousand athletes from football, basketball, wrestling, tennis, swimming and squash teams." He says men disguised as trainers or referees slip into locker rooms with cameras hidden in gym bags. "They place the bag on the floor, a stool or on top of the lockers. If it's time for a close-up, they move it closer."

Tapes such as After the Game and Shower Time are advertised on so-called adult entertainment Web sites for $35 to $49 and distributed by mail. "The government's got to do something." says Goldstein, whose lawsuit targets the tapes' producers and distributors, Internet servers hosting their Web sites, and three former Illinois State administrators including David Strand, the university's president from 1995 to '99. In '96, the lawyer says, school officials were given a tape showing several Illinois State athletes nude but did nothing about it.

An Illinois State spokesman admits university police had the tape in '96 but says administrators weren't aware of it until the Chicago Tribune revealed its existence. The video producers weren't reachable last week, but one exploited former athlete agreed to speak anonymously to SI. "A friend told me I was on the Internet, naked," he says. "At first I thought it was a joke, so I went to the site, and there I was, coming out of the shower in the locker room. I was shocked—really angry that someone could just come in and tape us like that, throw it right up there on the Net and then use that to sell videos."
—Luis Fernando Llosa

Cutting Horses
Joe Montana, Dallas Cowboy

While Troy Aikman and his posse were reporting to camp in Wichita Falls, Texas, last week, Joe Montana slipped into the Dallas area almost unnoticed. Sporting spurs and a cowboy hat instead of cleats and a helmet, Montana rode quarter horses at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Derby in Fort Worth.

Cutting is a fast-growing sport born of a tactic every cowboy needs to master. A contestant must separate a single calf from a herd, guide it to the center of the arena and then, from a snout-to-snout start, execute quick feints and turns to keep the calf from darting past the rider to the herd—all without using the reins. Montana was introduced to cutting in 1996 by former world champ Kobie Wood and was immediately hooked. "I would love to compete at the highest level," says Montana, who hopes his new passion will help fill a void in his life. "I miss competing. It's hard to quit cold turkey when competition is all you've known since you were eight years old."

"The first time I saw him ride, I was stunned by his athletic ability," says NCHA executive director Henry Conley. Still, Montana has earned just $382 in prize money this year, barely enough to keep his horses in hay for a week. But bear in mind that the guy was a third-round draft pick who wound up winning four Super Bowl rings before retiring to a 600-acre ranch in northern California's wine country. He and his equally equine-minded wife, Jennifer, keep some 30 horses there, plus 50 head of practice cattle and a barn filled with saddles for the whole family. Jennifer and their daughters Alexandra, 13, and Elizabeth, 12, prefer jumping events, but Joe and nine-year-old Nathaniel ride cutters, and Nicholas, 7, is champing at the bit to join them. Both boys accompanied Dad to Fort Worth, where he rode two mounts but failed to make the finals.

"I've got a lot to learn, but I'm an eager student," says Montana, who reckons he'd rather face cattle than stare down defensive linemen. "Cattle are half as mean, and they smell twice as nice."
—Scott Gummer

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