Oden, I Can See Your Doodle
Yet another NBA player is discovering that technology can be your best friend and worst enemy at the same time. This time the affected party is Greg Oden. And while some past incidents involving players left us with vivid-- and disturbing-- mental imagery, Oden's situation eliminates that part of the process. There are pictures. And, according to Oden himself and in contradiction to speculation that the images were fakes, they are legitimate.
If you've somehow managed to not run across the photos in question or in case you're just the type of person who is interested in seeing an NBA player's junk, the very not safe for work images can be viewed here. Oden says that he took the photos a year and a half ago for a lady friend of his and doesn't know how they ended up online. He got an early morning call letting him know that the world could see his privates. Not exactly what you want to hear when you wake up.
Oden held a press conference Tuesday night to acknowledge the pictures' authenticity and to apologize to everyone. Technically, he didn't do anything wrong. If someone wants to send naughty photos to their significant other-- or an insignificant other for that matter-- it's their business. However, doing so means that if you ever fall out of favor with that person, they can expose you to the world. With a person of celebrity, this is especially damaging. I can't imagine that young Greg will be making any public appearances of behalf of the team anytime soon. He'll be spared the wrath of opposing fans since he's already done for the season, but something this big (no, not like that, perverts) might come back to haunt him in the future.
Dr. Manhattan-- er, Oden described himself as "very, very sorry" and said he was "more embarrassed than anything." I'm guessing that he won't be sending any more pictures via text and he'll be a lot more careful about who he reveals himself to in the future. Literally and figuratively.