ESPN’s Outside The Lines recently produced a piece on the sometimes borderless sexual compulsions of athletes that was highlighted by an unfailingly shocking and sad interview with former NBA and Kentucky basketball player Winston Bennett.
Bennett said of his uncontrollable sexual compulsion:
“Three or four women in one day was typical for me. It was like a drug. I had to have more.”
That’s different women in one day.
Bennett later confirmed in the interview that before he was married, he did indeed have sex with upwards of 90 different women per month. After he got married, Bennett said the number of women per month was “half” his previous pace.
Though Bennett said he was faithful to his wife Peggy for “exactly one day,” the two are still somehow together after 20 years. Even after Bennett admitted “dozens” of affairs to her and gave her two sexually-transmitted diseases. (Bennett said he “never” wore a condom.)
Bennett’s wife Peggy said that at one point she contemplated suicide after her husband was fired from the Celtics as an assistant coach for having sex with a woman at the team’s practice facility.
But it’s far from a happy ending. Bennett at the end of the interview inexplicably said he’d leave his wife if she cheated on him once.
Peggy Bennett’s reax: “Does that hurt me as a woman who has shown so much grace and forgiveness? Yes. Absolutely.”
So that’s two addictions for Bennett. Sex and being an a-hole.