Hideki Matsui Has A 55,000 Porno Tape Collection?

Several websites, including SPORTS FROG, have noted a 2003 TIME “Asian Heroes” profile that mentions Hideki Matsui’s porn collection:

Hideki Matsui's Paper Wife

(This now makes complete sense)

Indeed, his only eccentricity, if it can be called that, is his extensive private library of adult videos. His refreshing ability to laugh self-deprecatingly about his porno collection, reporters say, is one reason why fans and even nonfans have taken to him so much.

We’re guessing Matsui’s proclivity for a porno lifestyle is coming up after his bizarro introduction of his *wife* yesterday. Thanks to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, we have even more fun facts about Matsui insatiable desire for pay-for-sex feature films.

ARTNET.com, for some reason, also notes that SI once reported that “Matsui has 55,000 distinct items in his porn collection.” (NSFW link)

This SI.com article also mentions “One international magazine reported that Matsui has an extensive private library of adult videos.”

For those of you appalled by Matsui’s love for porn, you might want to look to your left and look to your right. There’s good odds your ol’ buddies are doing the same thing. And a college SID or three.