A handful of players from the USA’s Olympic basketball team made a rather embarrassing faux pas while out seeing the sights in Rio last week.
DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins and DeMar Derozan were having a night on the town when they visited a classy looking establishment called Termas Monte Carlo – which, it transpired, is a brothel.
TMZ reports that the team-mates wandered into the venue and had some drinks – before twigging it was no ordinary bar.
To be fair to the players, it doesn’t sound like too difficult a mistake to make for visitors in a strange city. According to a 2014 report by Rolling Stone on Rio’s burgeoning sex industry, the city’s ‘Termas’ brothels are “ostensibly spas.”
“The conventions at these places are the same: walk in, get handed a locker key, get naked, put on a robe. Downstairs are the spa accommodations. Upstairs, the girls.”
TMZ adds: “When you call the place, they’ll tell you it’s a spa that plays music … and it’s just for male customers. Oh, and they have a full bar.”
A source said the players didn’t hang around long after working out where they were: “They realized it wasn’t the right place for them and immediately left.”
The named trio all now seem to be over their night out, and two of them have been recording their experiences at the opening ceremony on social media:
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