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WNBA Player to Decide on Playboy

July 17, 2001 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) _ Lisa Harrison won the ``Sexiest Babe of the WNBA″ vote in a landslide, but still doesn’t know whether to pose nude for Playboy.

The Phoenix Mercury forward said Tuesday the amount of money offered would play a major role in her decision, but added that she wouldn’t go as far as most of the magazine’s models.

``I’m going to listen and see what they have to say and then make my decision based on that,″ Harrison said. ``I have parameters that I’ve set for myself.″

She declined to elaborate, but promised not to expose as much as volleyball star Gabrielle Reece did in her pictorial.


Harrison collected 18,336 votes _ 45 percent of the total cast for 10 nominees in an Internet Web site poll that ended Monday. She had nearly five times as many as New York’s Andrea Nagy, the runner-up.

``I was very flattered,″ Harrison said. ``Like I said before, it’s nice to be recognized as feminine and not just being stereotyped as a tomboy.″

After the same poll last year, winner Michelle Marciniak of Portland declined to pose. Harrison said last week she would be willing to doff her clothes if she won, a statement that helped double her lead.

The 6-foot defensive standout, who spent three years in the defunct American Basketball League before joining the Mercury in 1999, earns just over the WNBA veteran minimum of $35,000 and receives housing and transportation only during the four-month season.

Harrison said she heard six-figure and seven-figure estimates on what a Playboy layout would be worth and was interested in seeing the offer.

``If I do it, it would have to be something that would be a long-term benefit to me,″ Harrison said. ``I’m not going to risk my reputation or my career because of pennies.″

Her contract with the WNBA contains clauses that govern behavior as a representative of the league, but Harrison sounded ready to test the restrictions.

``I don’t think it’s my job to actually teach children right from wrong or to stay off drugs,″ she said, siding with Charles Barkley’s controversial position on athletes as role models. ``I can be an example for them, but, really, that should come from the parents.″