Yesterday former Georgetown and NBA player Dikembe Mutombo denied one of the Internet’s greatest rumors: that he’d pick up women by dropping the line, “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”
While the story’s been around for ages and in various formats, in 2003 I published a version of it on an earlier iteration of this very website:
A friend of a friend of mine was an undergraduate at Georgetown University in the late 1980s/early 1990s. She was at a party one night when Dikembe Mutombo, Georgetown’s best basketball player, future international spokesman for CARE, winner of the President’s Service Award, and repeat winner of The Sporting News’s top 99 “Good Guys in Sports” entered the room and asked in his deep African voice, “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”
I, for one, still believe the story. As Yann Martel wrote in Life of Pi,
If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?
Love, life and “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”