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Gay Sex and Game-Fixing Alleged in Book on '62 Kentucky Football

A new book on the 1962 University of Kentucky Wildcats football team which contends that a game between UK and rivals Xavier University was fixed is stirring up controversy over its gambling allegations. The author's game-fixing claims, which are being disputed by players and the wife of the head coach at the time, were formed around an investigation which unearthed a less-disputed tale of local parties with Hollywood guests, most notably Rock Hudson, at which players would perform sex acts for money.

Ukfootballteam_3The Lexington Herald Leader reports: "According to [author Shannon] Ragland's account, some UK players in the early 1960s became involved with two gay men who had moved to Lexington around 1959. The two men were luring players to their Lakewood Drive residence with offers of free food, alcohol and parties even before Bradshaw became coach, the book says. Eventually, according to Ragland, some players submitted to gay oral sex in exchange for money, receiving $200 or more for each act. At some point, Ragland writes, movie star Rock Hudson became involved through his friendship with one of the party hosts. (Hudson died of complications from AIDS in 1985.) Ragland contends that the players involved probably didn't view themselves as taking part in gay sex. Rather, he says, they felt they were 'gaming' the situation. 'It was like, 'I'm getting paid for doing this? I'm putting something over on them,' Ragland said. 'Most of these guys were from rural areas and modest backgrounds. They had no real concept of homosexuality.' Kay Collier McLaughlin, whose father, Blanton Collier, preceded Bradshaw as coach at UK, says Ragland's account rings true. McLaughlin said a UK player told her about the Rock Hudson connection shortly before her father left UK, noting that she alluded to the gay-sex situation in her own 1985 book about her father. McLaughlin said she has 'reservations' about Ragland's game-fixing suggestion, 'But I don't have any doubts about the Rock Hudson stuff.'"

Ragland alleges that because of these parties "boys...were in a position to be bought" either for the want of cash or due to threat of blackmail.

The dirty thirty? [lexington herald-leader]
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  1. "Lured" - "Submitted" - "Bought": Another homophobic take on a situation wherein the guys were probably having a great deal of fun. Once again, this paints "homosexuals" as predators and monsters. Oh, those poor, innocent football players. I shudder to think of how they were taken advantage of, lured by gay movie stars and rich old men to get on their knees against their will for some much needed cash. I am SO tired of this bullshit.

    Posted by: David Ciminello | Nov 1, 2007 10:05:29 AM


  2. "Lured" - "Submitted" - "Bought": Another homophobic take on a situation wherein the guys were probably having a great deal of fun. Once again, this paints "homosexuals" as predators and monsters. Oh, those poor, innocent football players. I shudder to think of how they were taken advantage of, lured by gay movie stars and rich old men to get on their knees against their will for some much needed cash. I am SO tired of this bullshit.

    Posted by: David Ciminello | Nov 1, 2007 10:07:54 AM


  3. yea...what he said

    Posted by: Davey | Nov 1, 2007 10:22:09 AM


  4. I also agree with David on this.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Nov 1, 2007 10:28:45 AM


  5. "to get on their knees against their will..."

    David, being a well-adjusted gay MAN you've probably never dealt with "trade". Unless, the trade is on drugs or "in the closet, on the DL" homos you're not going to get them to "go down" on their knees...then, again, I forgot about the buysexuals. My point is usually it's the gay man/closet case homo/ trade-loving queen who performs oral sex on these young smug thugs (with they big sexy athlete's feet).

    A few years ago ABC News did a report about the NFL Combines where young college players are being "shown off" to scouts from the NFL. Well, it was like a slave auction block with young guys in JOCK STAPS being weighed and looked over by old men. (Of course, I was just as bad as the old men drooling over the young athletes.)

    Nevertheless, there's a lot of homoerotic stuff that goes on in the world of sports, but that's been going on since the ancient Greek Olympic Games, right?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 1, 2007 10:29:51 AM


  6. David, the kids didn't have any money. Rules are strict now about student-athletes, so boosters and others try to get creative about how to get kids to supplement their non-existent income. Once you start accepting the bribes, it gets easier to keep accepting the bribes. Once you take money to fix games, it becomes easier to keep taking money to fix games. They're already students plus athletes. They make colleges and universities big money, while not receiving anything except transient glory. So yeah, if someone is exploiting kids by offering cash for sex and fixing games -- that's luring. that's buying. That's submission on the kids' part.

    Besides, Keith Boykin already touches on it in his article on Homosexuality and Homoeroticism in Black Sports:

    http://www.keithboykin.com/arch/2003/02/03/homosexuality_a_1

    "Even when athletes do engage in homosexual behavior, it doesn't mean they're homosexual. Homosexuality and homoeroticism have played a role in sports for decades, but seldom is it labeled gay. Phil Petrie, a college athlete at Tennessee State in the 1950's, recalls that "it was common for athletes to, in effect, sell themselves... to have sex for men." Petrie, now married with children, remembers football players who talked about "packing shit" or receiving oral sex, but the athletes did not consider their actions to be homosexual. Instead, it was a business transaction between cash-strapped athletes and men who wanted to have them. "If you have a group of people who are considered desirable, and you live in a capitalistic society, can you get them with money?" Petrie asked. "And the answer is you can get some." Still, "many of the athletes do not see someone paying them to have oral sex with them . . .as a homosexual act," Petrie said."


    David, this doesn't paint homosexuals as monsters so much as men (generic) in positions of power as monsters. The same thing was happening to straight women, who were being propositioned by men and told they would get a raise, better job duties, higher status, fancy gifts, or they could merely keep their jobs, keep their names out of the society papers in a bad way, if women would submit sexually and then never tell anyone about it afterwards.

    That wasn't a homosexual predator thing back thing. It was a predator in a position of power thing. What happened to those kids was wrong. They were easily exploited. Those who exploited them are assholes and should be condemned, regardless of orientation.

    Posted by: Nita | Nov 1, 2007 11:23:51 AM


  7. i don't think over-analyzing anything is helpful.

    derrick, you've got a more realistic take on this than david. it may be trite, but it is a truism for a reason: boys will be boys. getting blown by whomever is not that big a deal, especially if money is changing hands.

    i don't read anything nefarious regarding gays in this -- a bunch of corn-fed, horny, farm boys getting paid by well-to-do gays for sex. what else is new?

    Posted by: nic | Nov 1, 2007 11:56:25 AM


  8. So true, DERRICK...and ummhh...homo-eroticism begun much earlier than ancient Greece...Check out Dravidian India, Persia and Egypt.

    Posted by: Shabaka | Nov 1, 2007 12:32:55 PM


  9. Hey NITA, quick question...Let's alter the story a bit and say these "kids" were young women with big boobs and, say, blond hair, in need of a career boost. Would you "condemn" the straight men exchanging cash for their services? Or the question should be...What is your take on prostitution in general?

    Posted by: Shabaka | Nov 1, 2007 2:22:47 PM


  10. After reading the story from the link reading some of the comments here I had to look at the pic of those college football players again. Then I realized that they were just “kids”, “boys”, why they were babes still in their swaddling clothes. They couldn’t have been propositioned as adults for sex. They were “lured” into giving up their dick juice because they’re just “kids” - meaning children of course. I’m sure that Rock Hudson ( a major movie star in 1962) had a real problem “luring” and “buying” these children into his bedroom. And of course ALL of these “kids” were poor because the commenter’s here said so and they are authorities on 1962 Kentucky college students as well as the rules and regulation of the time.
    Yes, I’m also sure the book’s author (an ex-felon) didn’t use any pejorative language to make these innocent children look as if they were being abused by the evil Homo’s to sell books. After all, the author also made claims of game fixing with absolutely NO proof. So you know he’s honest.
    Will someone please think of the children!

    Posted by: whatever | Nov 1, 2007 3:06:17 PM


  11. Make all the excuses you want, but if (and that's a big if) this is true, then these men are predators taking advantage of young men who don't have money and it's disgusting. I'm not one of those gays who scream "homophobia" everytime someone airs the gay communities dirty laundry (and we all know there is a lot of dirty laundry). If it makes gays look like predatory then good, maybe it will also make some sleazy gay men wake up.

    The same people who defend this type of behavior probably think it's their legal right to have sex in a public bathroom.

    Raise your standards boys, bottom of the barrell won't get your far.

    Posted by: Professional Gay | Nov 1, 2007 3:35:10 PM


  12. Professional Guy,

    Your condescending attitude really deflates your argument. Also, you put up a strawman, trying to conflate the recent series of bathroom escapades with prostitution.

    Both parties, the players and the buyers, are at fault.

    Posted by: Tread | Nov 1, 2007 4:11:35 PM


  13. PROFESSIONAL GAY: Every time I hear (or read) the thoughts of very serious gay men like you, I feel very uneasy. On one hand, I respect your philosophy of how to make the most of one's life, and how to conduct oneself in a respectable way in this society. For those gay people who want the status of "respectabilty" & acceptance--well, they should listen to gay folk like you. For those of us who don't really respect the society (due to it's hypocrisy--especially on the issue of homosexuality)--well, we really don't care about being respectable. We're subversives by nature, and we're really cynical.

    Young men who sell their dingdongs to middle-aged homos are not victims to us. Often, they are the predators--they treat the gay man like he's the most worthless thing they've ever come in contact with--well, not all of them.

    Hustlers (straight guys who prostitute themselves to homos) either turn gay, get on drugs and TRY to continue to turn tricks, or they marry a female and pretend none of it ever happened.

    Posted by: Derrick from PHilly | Nov 1, 2007 4:29:44 PM


  14. I wrote the book -- it was my judgment that these relationships were predatory as most prostitution is -- in that regard, the purchasers set up a very sophisticated scheme to lure players -- that is to be distinguished from consensual adult romantic relationships, straight or gay or otherwise, which this circumstance clearly was not.


    For an excerpt from the book on this, see:
    setshotpress.com/excerptfromthinthirty2.htm

    Finally, it is important to note that the allegations of prostitution at UK involving Rock Hudson are not disputed by anybody, although the hometown Lexington paper makes an effort to diminish their veracity.

    Cheers

    Posted by: Shannon Ragland | Nov 1, 2007 5:45:42 PM


  15. I guess it ultimately comes down to one's views on prostitution. I personally see nothing predatory about it as long as it has mutual consent from both parties. Yes there are issues of power and money involved, but anyone above the age of 18 has the right and sufficient sexualization to decide whether selling themselves is worth doing.

    That said, I could never stay hard while receiving oral sex from a stranger or casual acquaintance I wasn't attracted to---especially if I were straight! I guess I just don't understand gay for pay, or the notion that a lot of men (gay or straight) will fuck anything that moves.

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 1, 2007 6:28:35 PM


  16. "The two men were luring [inviting?] players to their Lakewood Drive home..." "...eventually some players submitted to [allowed for?] gay oral sex in exchange for money..." "...they [these young men] had no real concept of homosexuality [they were so stupid and "rural" they didn't know what they were doing]."

    Posted by: David Ciminello | Nov 1, 2007 8:06:04 PM


  17. Actually the link that the author provided is rather disappointing. The chapter is repetitive, poorly detailed, and had innumerable grammer failures.

    No offense, Mr. Ragland, but you need to learn some basic writing skills. Otherwise you undermine your premise and assertions. Why are the gays such predators? Because they found some attractive guys willing to get blow jobs for money?

    We've all heard of much worse things. You even admit that no one was forced to do it---the players did it based on their moral comp-ass. They weren't 12-year-old choir boys.

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 2, 2007 1:37:07 AM


  18. the Ragland bitch is a disbarred lawyer. he and PROFESSIONAL GAY may have found a marriage made in heaven. they shamelessly wear their sanctimony, which doesn't become anyone. i know that "self-loathing" is an easy epithet; but, for god's sake, has it ever been more appropriate?

    Posted by: nic | Nov 2, 2007 2:53:25 AM


  19. Those players are "boys"? And, some people comment that those "kids" were "easily exploited" and what was done was "wrong"? Um, excuse me? When do we in America stop being "kids" and start being responsible adults? Sorry, folks, but at the age of 14, I realized I could get "money for doin the funny" and I took advantage. I was no "kid" and nobody "exploited" me. I knew what I wanted--cash (being poor)--and this was a way to get it. It beat mowing lawns or having a paper route. Most of those who helped pay my way through high school were decent, kind and not "sick" or "perverted". So, stop this "oh those poor, li'l exploited kids" crap and get real about life and the cold, hard economic facts of life. Those Kentucky guys knew what they were doing, the did it willingly and most didn't even consider it to a "gay" or "queer" thing. And, I doubt if they felt they were "kids" being "exploited". That argument is bullshit.

    Posted by: mike | Nov 2, 2007 5:52:51 AM


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