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I ran into United’s Chris Pontius at Nats Park yesterday and the erotic novel came up. It turns out that Elliot Segal of DC101 told Pontius about the book during a recent radio interview, but failed to warn him of the novel’s adult theme.

Pontius, appreciating the book suggestion, went to the book store to buy it.

“I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” he laughed. “Looking back on it, I wish I would have seen the responses of women in the book store to me buying this book, because I picked it up, like, no big deal. Just walked up, bought it, had no idea.”

It took him a few passages, but after a while Pontius started to realize that this wasn’t your average book.

“I got through about seventy pages of it,” he said. “And then I looked it up online and talked to [the girlfriend of former United teammate Clyde Simms] and she goes, ‘You have that book?’ She said, ‘Do you know what it’s about?’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I’m getting into it. It doesn’t really have my interest yet.’”

Despite giving it an honest shot, Pontius couldn’t read much further.

“I stopped it before I got to the part that women love,” he explained. “When I was, like, 40 pages in, I realized, oh, this is a chick book.”

But he told me he read 70 pages.

“Yeah, and then I read 30 more pages,” he admitted. “I was bored.”

Fellow United player Ethan White was at the Park and enjoying the conversation. He had his own opinion about why he wouldn’t want a significant other reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“Because then I wouldn’t be able to satisfy her,” he said. “It throws guys under the bus. [Movies like] ‘Think Like a Man’ reveals all guys’ secrets and then ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ puts guys on some high pedestal. No guy can live up to those standards. It’s like trying to compare to the Notebook. No guy is going to be like that.”



Michael Morse read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’