NEW YORK - A tape showing NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving having sex with a woman in a hotel room “didn’t come out of our camp,” Andrea Black, lawyer for Erving’s wife, Turquoise, said Wednesday.
The tape was delivered to the New York Post while Erving divorces Turquoise, his wife of 31 years. It shows Erving having sex with a young woman in a hotel room while a radio plays, the newspaper said.
The divorce case is going on in Florida.
Erving’s spokesman, Dan Klores, said Monday the tape was made 15 years ago, while Erving and his wife were separated.
“The decision by his wife’s advisers to release it during their divorce negotiations is disappointing, especially since Mrs. Erving has had it in her possession for all these years,” said Klores.
“I can assure you it didn’t come out of our camp,” Black said Wednesday.
But she added that in a hotly disputed divorce, it isn’t uncommon for friends and family surrounding the couple to get involved in various ways — and that might be why the tape was sent to the newspaper.
“Frankly, it doesn’t help anyone,” said Black, noting that Florida has no-fault divorce laws. “To me, all it does is create a furor over something in which the emotions are going to be high again.”
“I’m not stressed about it,” Erving said before the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s 100th annual banquet, where he was an honored guest Monday night. “The media is always going to be a part of my life as long as I’m breathing and even after I’m gone.”
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