There are some tough gigs in the journalism business. You could get sent to a war zone or to the site of a natural disaster or, horror of horrors, be the beat writer for the 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers. Being the Dallas Morning News's strip club correspondent during Super Bowl week is not one of those gigs.
Gromer Jeffers Jr. drew that long straw and so he was at the Dallas Gentlemans Club on Monday night to file on "Make it Rain Monday." It was a good thing that he was staking out that club because, per his report, Hines Ward, Ike Taylor and other members of the Steelers showed up to enjoy the festivities.
When Ward and his teammates entered the club, super hot dancers converged on them. They spent a few minutes in the VIP at the back of the club. But as the music pumped and the bootylicious women strode across the four stages, the Steelers huddled in the front corner of the club for closer looks.
Ward, wearing a plaid shirt and jeans, danced with a couple of strippers. At one point, he tossed out dollars as various hotties gave him lap dances. Other Steelers joined him in the fun.
Predictably, Ward was asked about the report during Tuesday's media day. According to WPXI in Pittsburgh, Ward played coy before denying that he was at the club in question. Somehow we have a feeling that for many in Pittsburgh, this is going to overshadow Ward's thoughful comments on the NFL's posturing about concussions. That's too bad, because only one of them has something to do with football.
The other is the kind of thing that gets blown wildly out of proportion during Super Bowl week because, all of a sudden, everyone is paying attention to the every movement of the players. It was a Monday night and if the players were there they didn't do anything that is going to interfere with their ability to do their jobs come Sunday. This wasn't Eugene Robinson getting a hooker the night before the game, the Redskins staying out late before losing to the Raiders or Barrett Robbins going to Tijuana. Outside of the presence of naked women, this wasn't any different than a report that Ward, Taylor and company went for a big steak dinner.
The very fact that Ward was asked about it should tell you that it isn't being treated that way, just as the fact that there are reporters hanging out in strip clubs should tell you that we've lost a little perspective thanks to the arrival of the Super Bowl.
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