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Nude hockey player pics get out. So?

November 30th, 2007 · 4 Comments

This pro athlete has not lost his job or been otherwise publicly punished for his racy Facebook photos, although of course he’s had to apologize and pretend it’s a big deal when it really shouldn’t be. The boss’s statement doesn’t sound too hysterical or condemning, either. Could this be a sign that we’re already starting to get over ourselves? Or is it just that Canada is more sensible about sexuality and recognizing that how we play online doesn’t have anything to do with our day jobs?

Athlete’s Racy Pics Stir Questions of Privacy, Sexuality
Toronto Maple Leaf forward Jiri Tlusty, 19, originally posted the photos on his Facebook page, according to The Toronto Sun, which first broke the story. One of those pictures show Tlusty nearly touching tongues with another man.

Other images that depict the player nude have turned up on various Internet sites and blogs. Those were cell phone photos the player apparently sent to a woman he met on the Internet, who then posted them.

Tlusty apologized publicly for the photographs, and in a statement released by the Leafs said that he had “learned a valuable lesson.”

Tlusty’s actions were a “nave mistake as a teenager,” John Ferguson, the general manager of the team, said in a statement provided to It’s a “lesson in how something private can easily become very public in the Internet age.”

And while Tlusty did deny he is gay or even bisexual, the reactions to the photos largely focused around Internet safety. The incident is a sign that the increasing number of private photos getting leaked on the Internet underscores the care people, both ordinary and celebrity, need to take, experts told

UPDATE: Maybe here’s another reason Officials don’t have time to care about naked hockey players.

British data disaster
It’s being called the worst data leak of the information age. Earlier this month, U.K. officials had to admit they’d lost hard drives containing personal information on almost half the country’s population, including nearly all families with children. If that’s not bad enough, the databases included the worst kind of information to lose — consumer bank account numbers.

That seems a bit more serious to me than my boobies being plastered all over the internet. So if I ever miss out on a job because of my sexual explorations, I’ll have to remind the client that at least I didn’t cause $500 million in damages and expose the children by misplacing hard drives containing personal information for half a country.

(Although I still want to use my favorite new excuse, “at least I didn’t murder a kitten.”)

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peregrine // Nov 30, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    I don’t think that we’re really more sensible about sexuality. Sure, we have same sex marriage, and allow swingers clubs with private membership. But I think this is just a case of that it’s Canada in December. People have other things to worry about than one naked Czechoslovakian hockey player. Nobody is really going to care except hockey fans, and then, only until the next time [insert favorite team here] has their next game.

    Give it a week or so, and see if Don Cherry has something to say about it, and what the reaction is to whatever he says. Then we’ll have a better measure of how sexually sensible Canada is.

  • 2 FlipperPA // Nov 30, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    This could have been a lot worse in other arenas – or other professional sports. If pictures of me surfaced naked on the web, I’m sure I’d have some answering to do, unfortunately (so much for personal freedom). That said, imagine if this had been a pro NFL (American football) player – they publicly have players gay bashing, and when they do offer apologies after the comments, they’re some of the weakest I’ve ever heard, or deferring to some weak religious defense of their “beliefs” or “faith.”

    Compare that with hockey, which is fairly liberal; in 2002, Flyers center Jeremy Roenick kissed teammate wing Mark Recchi when they both appeared on the Air Canada Center scoreboard’s “Kiss Cam” during a break during Valentine’s day week. Roenick’s quote? “How many guys would actually do that? You guys thought I wouldn’t do that. Rex is a good friend of mine. I like to have fun. I’m stable in my sexuality.” Sure, it was done in a playful manner, but that would never fly in any other sports league in the Americas.

    Or maybe I’m just biased, having played hockey. :)

  • 3 Nobilis // Nov 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    If hockey fans are as liberal as all that, I may have to start following the game.

  • 4 regina lynn // Dec 3, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Hockey is hot. Hard to see on TV, but go to a game and you’ll see what I mean. I always come out of a hockey game ready for woohoo!