Former celebrity couple Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are among the latest to fall victim to hacks and leaked nude photos being published online, however, at least one sports media member is sceptical about this being a hack at all.
Legendary sports radio host Mike Francesa was discussing the nude photos on WFAN when he wondered aloud why the photos exist in the first place and exactly how they ended up online, ultimately suggesting that Vonn leaked the photos on purpose to get “back in the public eye.”
Here is Francesa’s conversation with one of his producers, via Awful Announcing (emphasis ours):
Mike Francesa: If you notice, I’m always very sceptical of this stuff from the standpoint of the young lady, because why does it keep happening? If they wanted to protect themselves, they wouldn’t take the photos. They all take the photos, and then they get hijacked. But how come they take them?
Brian Monzo: I think they take them to send them to people.
Francesa: Why? Why would you be transmitting naked photos of yourself? What is the point? If you notice, these actresses all wind up with naked photos of themselves somewhere, so it seems to be kind of a rite of passage for these actresses for this to happen. So I’m a little sceptical. I think, when someone’s maybe, you know, not in the public eye, this is how they get themselves back in the public eye.
While Francesa references “actresses” at the end, it was clear he was including Vonn among that group based on his next comment in which exonerates Woods from any guilt.
“And I’m not talking about Tiger here,” Francesa said. “This has nothing to do with Tiger. Tiger didn’t do this, Tiger just happened to be in one of the photos, that’s all, or two of the photos, or I don’t know how many photos.”
Of course, there is no evidence to suggest Vonn was behind the leak. Meanwhile, two people have pleaded guilty in the original “Fappening” hack, suggesting there is plenty of evidence that the women are not leaking the photos on purpose.
An attorney representing both Woods and Vonn said the pair is going to pursue legal action “swiftly and vigorously” against sites who ignore their order to removed the stolen photos.
You can hear Francesa’s comments here:
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