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Straight Man Slips, Breaks Shoulder On “White Substance” In Gym He Calls Gay Hot Spot

sauna-4A reportedly  heterosexual NYC man claims Bally Total Fitness gyms nationwide are hotbeds of gay sex and is suing his branch after slipping on a “foreign white substance” and breaking his shoulder.

Before we go any further — just…thank you. Thank you Marc Moskowitz for making us glad we woke up this morning. Moskowitz, 66,  claimed that at the Bally’s on E. 55th St., gay “cruising and lewd behavior” is “commonplace [in] the steam room, sauna and locker rooms.”

The New York Daily News reports Moskowitz defined “cruising” as “the act of searching for homosexual partners in public places” and claimed “it is prevalent at Bally’s across the country.”

Moskowitz denies any prior knowledge of the seedy same-sex sauna shenanigans when he joined the gym, with his lawyer David Grover astutely adding, “Unless you’re involved in that lifestyle you would not know that.”

And thanks to that “lifestyle” and the accompanying “searching” in “public places” there were “bodily fluids and other evidence of sexual activity wherever it occurred throughout the gym,” says Moskowitz’s suit.

Instead of having the gym’s staff swab the decks, the managers simply leave “a hose and liquid soap” for people to do their own swabbing, Moskowitz claims. Gym manager Kyrell Buckhead said the saunas are cleaned regularly but that it’s “a wet and slippery kind of place.”*

Showcasing the kind of dedication to journalism it’s known for, the Daily News had a reporter “poke” his head into the sauna and found that, indeed, Buckhead was telling the truth:

The floor was slick and the two lights barely cut through all the steam.

Digging further, however, the paper realized that Moskowitz may be onto something after all. According to Craigslist the Cruising Gays City Hookup Guide review of that particular Bally’s, “There are 2 LIGHTS in the Steam Sauna. The rear light is out 1/2 the time. When it is OFF the party is ON.”

h/t: Joe My God

*That’s what she said.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Jun 20, 2013
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  • 32 Comments
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      Trying NOT to laugh because there is nothing funny about slipping on foreign white goo and breaking your shoulder. I don’t know if gay crusing is prevalent at Bally’s gyms across the country. But truth be told, it was and is at Bally’s I work out in Los Angeles.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 10:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • petensfo
      petensfo

      A punctuation suggestion for the headline… remove the quotation marks from ‘white substance’ and definitely put them on the ‘straight’! ;)

      Jun 20, 2013 at 10:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ouragannyc
      ouragannyc

      there are two Bally’s in Queens NYC where guys do play late night.
      I didn’t know the Bally’s on 55th was a playground as well. It’s a walking distance from my job.
      Too bad there is no play at my current gym :-(

      Jun 20, 2013 at 10:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Reminds me of a story a friend told me when he was in the sauna at the Weho Sports Erection back in the 90’s. Apparently all the old Jews that go there had lifetime memberships from the previous owner and never stopped going. Anyway, he was in the sauna, old Jewish guy sitting on the lower tier bench, two guys sitting the next tier up just behind him jacking each other off, he turns and says to them, “Don’t squirt on me.” I guess you can say he was standing his ground without judgement.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dwayne420
      Dwayne420

      Cruising, etc. was always going on in the shower area at the Bally’s I’ve been to in DC and Northern Virginia. My X and I used to work out together and were hit on several times…we would just tell them we were togethe and laughed it off.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jackhoffsky
      Jackhoffsky

      i know for a straight guy, this is probably the grossest thing ever.

      however I can’t stop laughing at the story and I feel really bad because the guy broke his shoulder and was probably legitimately grossed out… but still…

      it’s funny.

      (I already know I’m going to hell, so save it)

      Jun 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LeNair Xavier
      LeNair Xavier

      “Unless you’re involved in that lifestyle you would not know that.”, says his lawyer.

      OK, then how does his “straight” client, Mark Moskowitz know that to tell his lawyer? Seems like someone is trying to cover up his being 66 years old, and living on the down low.

      Although I’ve never been because I don’t workout, I do believe that he’s telling the truth about the sex that probably goes on there. After all, even the NYSC to stand for “New York Sport Club” has been said to stand for “New York Sex Club” instead for one branch of that chain.

      My question to Mark Moskowitz is, if it’s such a problem to him, why didn’t he just go to another branch of the chain, or switch gyms altogether? Laziness. Complacency. OR he probably for years was partaking of the “festivities”, but this was the 1st time such an incident resulted from it. And with that guilt, his only way to ATTEMPT to explain it away (especially to a girlfriend/wife) is to blame it on the jizz he’s been spotting around there for God knows how long.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • miagoodguy
      miagoodguy

      Gus who hookup in gym showers and/or locker rooms are just squivey and gross.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      @miagoodguy: Where as guys who hook up on Grinder and Adam 4 Adam are respectable and cultured?

      Jun 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      @jackoffsky: Were not gonna go off on you. Because if I stepped inyo some white goo I would be grossed out to. And I know many gay men who are repulsed by locker room sex.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TinoTurner
      TinoTurner

      This is why people hate gays.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • miagoodguy
      miagoodguy

      gus = guys
      squivey = skeevy (had a brain fart typing this word)

      Grindr and A4A hookups for sex are just less skeevy and gross

      Jun 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion
      B Damion

      Gross.Eww..very low class behavior. I would be upset as well str8 or gay this is just fowl.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LubbockGayMale
      LubbockGayMale

      Gee, a wet and slippery floor in a shower, a sauna or steam room! SURPRISE! God save us from idiots who can’t protect themselves… like a neighbor who insisted on walking her dog in a snow storm, slipped on an icy sidewalk, and sued her neighbor for not clearing the walk. Lord help us all.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cee
      Cee

      That sucks, but EVERYBODY knows to be careful when you’re walking in the locker rooms, bathrooms, sauna, showers, etc. COMMON SENSE!! I’m always super cautious in there because I don’t want to slip on ANYTHING. People coming in dripping wet from the pool or showers. Who knows what’s on the floor? The white stuff could have been lotion or shaving cream. How does he know it was cum? Did he test it? Taste it? What? lmao

      Jun 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tommysole
      Tommysole

      I used to go a ballys in the brunswick area of jersey and this type of thing happened all the time……………not the shoulder breaks!
      Guys would do all kinds of things sexually there, in the steam room, locker rooms, sauna, sometimes the pool and jacuzzi too.

      It was a more a pay to cruise than workout joint.
      I stopped going there when they raised prices to astronomical rates.

      I also never cruised there for sex, but met guys after for it.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      A couple of people on here are right..there are apps for people to hook up…There’s an exhibitsionism to this that speaks of certain people being sad and desperate….

      Jun 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oilburner
      oilburner

      Sad thing is the. guy is probably telling the truth and either way he deserves the money for his injuries.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jamesbarnette
      jamesbarnette

      There are so many holes in this story but let’s just point out the big 2:

      1) He’s an almost-70 year old man who slips in the shower. Gee, that never happens.

      2) Cum is NOT slippery! It’s actually sticky. It does NOT mix with water and it will clump.

      What an old bag. Sure, having sex in public is not prim and proper but this is an old Jewish man looking for a pay-out after slipping and falling just like old men do.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riley Rage
      Riley Rage

      @petensfo: i agree lmfao hes “str8″

      Jun 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riley Rage
      Riley Rage

      @Spike: bahahahahahh awesome

      Jun 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mikeincleveland
      mikeincleveland

      Okay, guys, so work with me here for a minute.

      I’ve been out for nearly 30 years now and have been in my fair share of gyms where walking by the sauna room or showers tells you that there are men in there fooling around, or “playing”, or whatever you want to call it that gets you excited.

      Here’s the thing though- who the fuck says we should be allowed to have sex in a public gym in the first place?

      If we’re going to want “equality” then it means that we want to be treated “equally” or on the same playing field (no pun, no pun) as our straight counterparts.

      I don’t see straight dudes fucking some chick in the men’s locker room, or over in the women’s for that matter.

      But we, as gays, are supposed to be allowed a “special right” (see where they hit us with that term?) to be able to fool around in gyms (that aren’t SPECIFICALLY for gay guys) and get away with and no one should EVER EVER EVER EVER say a thing because if you do, well, then you hate gay people and are being bigoted.

      I’m sorry, between public gym sex and nudity at gay pride parades, if we want to be treated equally, then if straight people can’t get away with it in public, then we shouldn’t be able to either.

      Maybe it’s time some of us kinda grow up and realize that there’s something new that’s been developed that maybe they weren’t aware of…IT’S CALLED A FUCKING APARTMENT.

      If you want to get off with the dude in the tight tank top that you’ve been eyeing for the past 45 minutes at while on the elliptical, then take it FUCKING HOME and out of the gym.

      Straight people can have their arms around each other in the movie theaters and so should we be able to. But if straight people can’t fuck in our gyms, then we shouldn’t be able to be given special privileges to do so just because we’re gay. What, are we deformed and can’t control our sexual urges? People have been reading way too much Larry Kramer stuff, if that’s the case. Wake up, it’s not 1992 anymore.

      If you want equality, then start acting like it.

      And if you’re mad because I’m suggesting that your party be ended, well then I’m not sorry because if we wanted to be forced to have to watch, sit through or walk by your party, we would have asked for an invite to go back to your place.

      Otherwise, keep your sex play out of the gym.

      Freaks.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riley Rage
      Riley Rage

      what a douche….. everyone knows… that when you join a gym… any gym… you want to do a walk through… check the equipment both electrical and not… for how clean it is… how often it other gym goers seem to pick up after themselfs and clean up the used equipment, and check out lighting and how well the place is maintained… and in this check out the showers and the sauna…. pretty sure… this guy went there to cruse, and if he wasent… he didnt do appropriate research, which is his own fault… at first sign of a problem… he should have notified staff and asked for a refund… rather than waiting for a distraction or accident, its more likely that he was watching the boys… fell on his own mess… and is looking for a paycheck… and to avoid the drama which comes when outed in the public eye… whatever way this worked… men have been using baths or modern day gyms since the roman’s, this shouldnt be news to anyone who has an 8th grade education… lets not pretend to be shocked… we have all been to a gym… and even in the most “str8″ of places… this kind of thing happens… its not just a “gay” problem… its a male problem… it happens in highschools between buddys, as well as gyms, so get over it… and lets not just make this a gays are “skeevy” its not just gays or closet cases, ppl can be dirty, but i dont think anyone has a right to judge… everyone has there things… and everyone should remember they are flawed…. so watch where you step, dont jump into traffic and dont sleep with your best friends wife pretty simple to me

      Jun 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • babybabybaby
      babybabybaby

      Wonder what that white stuff he slipped on? Bitch Please grow up….

      Jun 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • darkanser
      darkanser

      Like many of you, I’m trying to stifle my laughter. I remember being in a local Bally’s steam room with a female friend when I complained about the smell. My female friend shocked me when she attributed the rank odor to guys “giving each other blow jobs in here”. I frequent 3 different gyms in my area and have had “contact” with other guys in each of them — but never in the co-ed steam room. I would be too chicken. Recently, one of my gyms shower rooms went from windowed shower curtains to solid/opaque shower curtains. I wondered what prompted that change. Were there complaints about being ogled? But as you might imagine opaque shower curtains allow for more privacy — but also BLIND SPOTS. Whatever their intentions, I think their plan backfired for they’ve since returned all of the windowed shower curtains…LOL.

      Jun 21, 2013 at 3:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DirtyOleMan
      DirtyOleMan

      My ex mother in law warned me about guys having sex in the gym’s steam room way back in the 1960’s. Not exactly a new phenomenon.

      Jun 21, 2013 at 7:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit
      hf2hvit

      @jamesbarnette: Oh…so it’s because he’s Jewish?
      Says a lot about your skanky a hole.

      Jun 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sammy Schlipshit
      Sammy Schlipshit

      @mikeincleveland: I agree. This is just ammunition for the haters to come after us.
      Take it home, boys.

      Jun 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hairspray_Harry
      Hairspray_Harry

      @miagoodguy:

      EXCUSE YOU….but i must say that its been known for “heterosexual men”(straightys) to piss in the shower and not was their hands after a shit, which to any gay man is ten times disgusting and you wonder why straight people are so looked down upon……shameful creatures these straight people are

      Jul 5, 2013 at 6:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hairspray_Harry
      Hairspray_Harry

      @DirtyOleMan:

      My grandmum warned me about slutty girls who fuck guys in bathroom stalls and straight guys who fuck girls in airplane bathrooms…..i also remember guys fucking women on the grass near taverns and bars,wedding halls….straight people are sooooooo arrogant and shameful not to menchand full of shit to the ears

      Jul 5, 2013 at 6:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hairspray_Harry
      Hairspray_Harry

      @Hairspray_Harry:

      EXCUSE YOU….but i must say that its been known for “heterosexual men”(straightys) to piss in the shower and not wash their hands after a shit, which to any gay man is ten times disgusting and worde than some soap on the floor, you wonder why straight people are so looked down upon……shameful creatures these straight people are

      Jul 5, 2013 at 6:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • marcinmass
      marcinmass

      My question is how fat is the guy. We see it all the time, fat guys hanging out in steam or sauna thinking that’s a workout. Probably cuz they can’t get laid anywhere else. He should have been out using the equipment and not on DL in steam . Let me guess is his lawyer a Jew too. If he knew it was a gay sex hotspot that makes him uncomfortable, why was he in there and why didn’t he go to another gym. Your shoulder will heal out of shape small peckered dude. Ballys did nothing wrong. Why not post his picture and see how many Bally customers recognize uncle pervy from the steam room. Fair is fair. Could have been shave cream or soap on floor cuz that also goes on in steam room. Accept fact you stood up too quick and because of your high blood pressure you lost your balance. At 66 unsteady on feet is common. This is ridiculous. If you weren’t so fat you wouldn’t be so top heavy and have high blood pressure. Try boot camp next time buddy and not the steam room.

      Dec 6, 2014 at 10:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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