So when will athletes wise up? The consensus seems to be never, even after what has happened to Magic Johnson. "The biggest problem in our universe for men is our weakness for ladies," says Tampa Bay linebacker Jesse Solomon. "They know if they have a knockout body, they can get what they want by giving us what we want."
"It really has nothing to do with the women or the travel," says Hale. "Athletes, married or not, are very promiscuous."
So what about safe sex? "I would hope each guy, before he decides to get into a relationship at a bar, might say, Well, Magic got it, so if I'm going to sleep with this girl, I'm going to use a condom." says Phoenix Cardinals nosetackle Jim Wahler. "But in the heat of the moment, guys don't exactly think."
"They keep talking about safer sex," says linebacker Matt Millen of the Redskins. "I think that's a joke. What you have to start talking about is abstinence and a little morality, maybe."
But morality, much less simple judiciousness, does not seem to enter into the thinking of most professional athletes. "Right now, it's easy to get caught up in the ordeal," says Bulls center Will Perdue. "Everyone says, 'I won't let it happen to me.' But the impact will fade. Everybody has an ego, and let's face it, it's difficult to say no to a beautiful woman."
"You would think this would open everybody's eyes," says Indiana Pacer guard Vern Fleming. "But I don't know. It's hot right now because it was Magic. What about three months from now, during a road trip in February? Is everybody still going to be thinking about Magic?"