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Toni Kukoc named in prostitution scandal; he shrugs

Jul 29, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

Kukoc Jordan AP

Not exactly sure how a professional basketball player sleeping with a prostitute got to be news — you don’t even want to know how often that happens — but here you go.

Former Chicago Bull and Croatian basketball legend Toni Kukoc’s name was tied as a “john” to a big prostitution ring in his native country. The scandal apparently reaches all levels of Croatian society — sort of their Heidi Fleiss — where models and young starlets were pimped out at high prices.

One lady named Kukoc as a client, so the Croatian Times called the biggest basketball star in his nation’s history to ask him about it. I don’t totally get his comment, but I think the bottom line is he doesn’t care.

“I was in worse situations in life. What should I do? Return home to Split? Of course I will stay in Osijek,” Kukoc told the media after his name emerged in connection with the elite prostitution ring headed by Nebojsa Perunovic Pance who was arrested last week.

Kukoc has been in worse situations. He went through the bloody and ugly civil war of the former Yugoslavia, when Croatia became a country, and the struggles that followed. Plus, he had to practice against Michael Jordan, who was not happy he was on the team. So you think a little prostitution scandal is going to scare him?

Kukoc got three championship rings, made about $61 million in the NBA and now just golfs and does charity work. If I were in his shoes, I’d shrug too.

  1. berto55 - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Loved “The Waitor”

  2. cruz1014 - Jul 29, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Yup me too! lol War Toni get some!!

  3. goforthanddie - Jul 30, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    It would almost be a story if Kukoc had mattered in the last decade or so. And good for him for not caring.

  4. bigtrav425 - Jul 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Prostitution should be legalized anyway.Id rather have my cops out busting drug dealers and murder cases etc then worrying about some guy paying a broad for sex,which we all do anyways in some way or another

  5. beagle11 - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Not even news in Croatia

  6. cosanostra71 - Jul 30, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    pimping ain’t easy but it sure is fun

    • mella21 - Aug 1, 2011 at 1:12 AM

      Yeah, I imagine it would be a blast to have so much power over another human being. Beating a woman whenever you feel like it, keeping them strung out on drugs so they have zero respect for themselves, bodies or children, basically using and abusing another human being’s body in the most intimate ways because you have power and they don’t.

      Sooo much fun. BTW-this story may not be as ‘victimless’ as it seems, sex slavery is a thriving business in many parts of the world, especially underaged girls and people who who literally just get ‘sold’ into by destitute family members. Im not saying that’s what happened in Kukoc’s case, but it can be a very sick underworld.

      • cowhawkfan - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        mella..i agree with you, but not all prostitution is as you describe. some women actually love sex and just as importantly, love to get paid for sex with men who have money.

      • mannyfresh209 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:11 AM

        Hahaha this guy watched “Taken” and thinks he’s an expert in prostitution. Get out of here with that filth

  7. blueintown - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Toni was just looking for a little Croatian sensation.

  8. contraryguy - Jul 30, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    two words that really paint a picture… Croatian hooker

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Super random story! C’mon, Why would he have to pay for sex? He’s Tony freakin’ Kukoc for christ sakes! Scalliwags and winches alike should by be throwing themselves by the dozens at him for free lmao

  10. fouldwimmerlaik - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    He wasn’t paying the hooker for sex. He was paying her to go away when he was done.

  11. carolinakid - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    We all pay for it. Whether its up front or in lifetime installments ….

  12. connaniii - May 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    hahhahahahhahah, well stated! on the other hand it´s a lot better to choose from a menu…..

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