The Dangerous World of Wannabes

Magic Johnson's plight brings fear into pro locker rooms across the country and spotlights the riskiest athletic perk: promiscuous sex

Baseball players call them "Annies." To riders on the rodeo circuit, they are "buckle bunnies." To most other athletes, they are just "the wannabes" or "the girls." You'll find them hanging out anywhere they might catch an off-duty sports hero's eye and fancy: at Los Angeles' private Forum Club, at jock-oriented watering holes like Mickey Mantle's in Manhattan or Bigsby's in Chicago, in the lobbies of hotels where teams on the road check in. To the athletes who care to indulge them, and many do, these readily available groupies offer pro sport's ultimate perk: free and easy recreational sex, no questions...

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