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Files: Eric Massa a Proficient Navy 'Snorkeler'

The latest chapter in the Eric Massa story involves "snorkeling" while he was in the Navy:

Massa "According to Peter Clarke, a Navy shipmate, Massa was notorious for making unwanted advances toward subordinates. He tells the story of his friend Stuart Borsch, with whom Massa shared a hotel room while on leave during the first Gulf War. "Stuart's at the edge of the bed," Clarke says Borsch told him at the time, "and [Massa] starts massaging him. Massa said, 'You'll have to get one of my special massages.' He called them 'Massa Massages.'" Ron Moss, a Navy shipmate and Borsch's roommate, confirmed that Borsch told him this story at the time...Clarke says that Massa's roommate, Tom Maxfield, was also assaulted. "Tom lived on upper bunk," Clarke say. "When you're on ship, you're almost exhausted 24-7. So a lot of times you sleep with your uniform on. Tom and Massa shared a stateroom together. Massa climbed up on the top of his bunk, which is hard to do--you never crawl up on somebody else's bunk. He wakes up to Massa undoing his pants trying to snorkel him."...Massa's shipmates didn't turn him in for fear that he would retaliate."

Bill Maher gave his analysis of Massa's saga on last night's Countdown.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Former Rep. Eric Massa Allegedly 'Groped Multiple Male Staffers' [tr]
Massa Tells Glenn Beck He Didn't 'Grope' Just 'Tickled' [tr]
Eric Massa Flips Out When Larry King Asks, 'Are You Gay?' [tr]

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  1. I'm perturbed with the news coverage of these massa "scandals". yes the man has repressed homosexual tendencies but the point isn't that he is gay or bi. it's that he is a sexual predator who prays on subordinates. stop doing the "it's so weird that he's gay" thing and go with the "he's a sexual predator". they are two totally unrelated issues and portraying him as just a revolting gay is damaging to all other gays.

    Posted by: Joshua | Mar 11, 2010 8:25:55 AM

  2. Doesn't sound like this Massa Massage is gonna have a happy ending.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 11, 2010 8:42:27 AM

  3. There's also this in NewYork magazine:

    Too funny! All these guys are total hypocrites...

    Posted by: TODDO | Mar 11, 2010 8:59:20 AM

  4. When Larry King asked Massa if he was gay he said, with irritation, "Ask my wife, ask the thousands of men I served with in the Navy!"

    Was this what he meant?

    Seems to me like an awfully complex and round about way of coming out.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 11, 2010 9:00:02 AM

  5. so glad this was the lead-in over "the serious stuff"...i used to respect lawrence o'donnell

    Posted by: rick | Mar 11, 2010 9:42:23 AM

  6. Anyone know what "snorkeling" is?

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Mar 11, 2010 10:05:21 AM

  7. I'm with Jeff. I have no idea what snorkeling is.

    Posted by: Dave Rattigan | Mar 11, 2010 10:10:09 AM

  8. Take your pick:

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 11, 2010 10:25:00 AM

  9. unfortunately the one thing that will suffer is the repeal of DADT. its enemies will say look this action happens while DADT is in force what will happen after its repeal. i served in the army for three years and never once climbed into anyone else bunk. many gays serve and never molest another serviceman. predator can be found anywhere both in and out of the service. take for example many members of the clergy

    Posted by: walter | Mar 11, 2010 10:58:54 AM

  10. The guy is so gross looking, I don't think it will have much effect on DADT though. He is not an openly gay man, he is a closeted predator.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 11, 2010 11:08:18 AM

  11. Dem on dem thuggery is as bad as rethug on rethug thuggery.

    Posted by: NYSmike | Mar 11, 2010 12:49:22 PM

  12. Not to put too fine a point on it, Patrick, but in the homophobic Right Wing military mind, there is no difference between an openly Gay man and a closeted predator. This scandal is bad news for advocates of DADT repeal.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Mar 11, 2010 12:51:57 PM

  13. No gay man I know can define snorkeling form personal experience. All people know is what they read in urban dictionary.

    Maybe it's a navy thing, not a gay thing.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Mar 11, 2010 1:06:20 PM

  14. Go kill himself? Wow, Maher - you definitely have a heart for all those closet cases you ridicule. Guys, is Bill Maher really pro-gay - or just taking liberties with his status as card-carrying progressive?

    Posted by: Antaeus | Mar 11, 2010 5:28:38 PM

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