As the story of Alex Rodriguez's impending divorce gains steam, the Boston Herald's write-up of a stripper tattling about her supposed affair with A-Rod is a completely dubious story, but compelling nonetheless. There's nothing to verify Candice Houlihan's claim that she twice bedded Rodriguez in 2004, but it certainly is salacious. (What a great day for journalism in America. I never thought one of our papers could ever reach the acclaimed level of "sleazy British tabloid tell-all." Bra-vo.) Candy's story:
Houlihan said A-Rod had a couple of shots of tequila and a few Sex on the Beach cocktails [Get. The fuck. Out. -Ed.], then they went back to A-Rod’s room at the Ritz-Carlton and had sex. But, she added, they also talked all night and seemed to hit it off. “I told him I was a basketball player in high school and we talked a lot about that,” she said. “It’s a little weird because he was a really nice guy.”
Houlihan said she and her girlfriends Googled A-Rod the next day and she was shocked to find out that his wife was pregnant with their first child. “We were all freaking out,” she said.
The affair took an obvious emotional toll on Houlihan (pictures of her here):
"It was killing me and I felt bad afterwards,” she said. “I’m not a bad person. I know how it feels to be cheated on, it sucks. But a couple of drinks later, I didn’t notice all that much, to tell you the truth.” [...] But when A-Rod called her when he was in town for the American League Championship Series, Candice met him and they had sex again. (Although this time he didn’t let her stay the night.)
You know, I expect this kind of tattling to the gossip rags from low-life scum like hookers. But a stripper engaging in morally questionable behavior? Why, that threatens my belief in the established order of the world! (p.s. Does anyone have any blow? I think Mercedes might be about to leave me.)