The Philadelphia 76ers are no strangers to making basketball news, but today they find themselves in the headlines for completely non-basketball reasons.
I mean, whereas the acquisition of Andrew Bynum and the departure of Andre Iguadala was huge, obviously, it didn’t garner the same sort of attention from the same type of audience as today's breaking story.
Recently, in a video that you have surely already seen by now, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said this to a group of donors:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you - name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what . . . These are people who pay no income tax."
Frankly, seeing as he and his party have essentially been saying the very same thing for months now, I personally don’t see what all the controversy is about. That said, the substance of what Romney put out there doesn’t matter right now. What does matter, however, is where he gave that speech.
According to the Washington Post, Romney gave that speech at the home of Philadelphia 76ers co-owner, Marc Leder.
Why does that name sound familiar to all you non-Sixers fans? Well…
In August 2011, the same tabloid reported on a Hamptons bacchanal at a $500,000-a-night oceanfront mansion rented by Leder, “where guests cavorted nude in the pool and performed sex acts, scantily dressed Russians danced on platforms and men twirled lit torches to a booming techno beat.”
Now, let’s pause here and focus in on the sex parties portion of all this. If a highly-respected businessman were falsely accused of getting his Silvio Berlusconi on, you would think that he would climb to the top of the rafters and scream to the world that the rumors were untrue. Leder never did that. Instead, he merely offered this response to the rumors during an interview with the New York Times:
“I think the portrayal of me as having wild and crazy parties is absolutely incorrect,” he said in January. “I spend a small percentage throwing some parties, attending some parties. I like music. I like to dance. But rather than reporting on how I spend 340 days and nights of my year, the media likes to report on the other 25.”
Make of this whole mess what you will.