Once there was a time when a sports star, from any code, could undertake any type of unseemly act, be it with human or animal, and be safe in the knowledge that the chance of it becoming public was remote.
It was a time before iPhones and Twitter and Facebook, where a sex scandal, and whether it ever became a story, was at the call of the humble newspaper editor or TV producer.
In sex scandals past you'd need to be "unlucky" -- say Dwight Yorke and Mark Bosnich
unlucky. The two Aston Villa stars made a VHS video (remember them?) in 1998 with four women only for "Joe Public" to "find" the video in Yorke's garbage and hand it to UK tabloid The Sun.
Or even earlier, say back to 1972, when a surprised American media found out via press conference of the wife swapping and subsequent dual divorce of New York Yankees players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich
. In this case there was no video evidence and all parties concerned were reportedly amicable.
How things change...
Today, the AFL and the St Kilda Football Club are reeling, after allegedly compromising photographs of several Saints players were made public yesterday
on Facebook and later, Twitter. A 17-year-old Melbourne girl, who claims to be the source of the photos, published the photos in question yesterday to the popular social networking sites only for the claims to be refuted by St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt in a press conference