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Greg Oden Apologizes To Trail Blazers For Nude Photographs

Oden Apologizes For Nude Photographs,
Says They Were Meant To Remain Private
Trail Blazers C Greg Oden yesterday apologized to his teammates, team Owner Paul Allen and his family after nude pictures of him surfaced on the Internet, an "embarrassment for the Blazers," according to John Canzano of the Portland OREGONIAN. Oden's apology was "driven from his own embarrassment and conversations" with his reps at BDA Sports Management, and he was "right to get in front of this and make a public statement." Canzano writes, "This error by Oden isn't dog fighting, or smoking pot in a yellow Hummer, or being caught with drugs by an airport metal detector. And if you can't tell the difference, you need to educate yourself" (Portland OREGONIAN, 1/27). Oden yesterday said the photos were for a "lady friend who I was having a relationship with" and were "definitely meant to keep private" (OREGONLIVE.com, 1/26). Oden prior to his apology held a teleconference with Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, coach Nate McMillan and agents Bill Duffy and Mike Conley Sr. Oden said that they all agreed that the "best way to tackle the problem was to 'address it and get it out of the way.'" In Portland, Kerry Eggers writes, "You have to be careful about what you do. Don't put yourself in a position where the world can make judgments about your character. Don't put the organization that is paying you millions of dollars to play basketball in such an unfavorable light" (PORTLAND TRIBUNE, 1/27). Pritchard yesterday said, "I'm disappointed, and a little embarrassed." When asked if Blazers players are "warned to avoid such pitfalls," Pritchard said team Dir of Player Development Hersey Hawkins "does a great job of communicating with these guys." He added, "We'll continue to try to educate and help the players" (PORTLAND TRIBUNE, 1/27).

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