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Maple Leaf Rookie's Nude Pictures Show Up On Net
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: November 14, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(Toronto, Ontario) Toronto Maple Leaf forward Jiri Tlusty is saying little about pictures of him being kissed from behind by another man and other shots showing the teen hockey star in the nude that found their way onto the Internet.

The pictures were apparently taken while the Czech native was still playing for the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last season.

"I used poor judgment in this instance last season and I have learned a valuable lesson,'' Tlusty said in a statement released by the Leafs. 

"`It will not happen again and I have no further comment.''

The photographs were posted on the Canadian gossip website late last week but have since been removed.

"Mr. Tlusty took these photographs of himself with his camera phone last year," the players attorney, Jerome Morse wrote in an email to the website demanding they be taken down.

"As such, Mr. Tlusty is the owner of these photographs and any unauthorized publication of these photographs is a violation of his copyright."

While the nude photos have been removed the kissing picture remains up. The identity of the other man has not been revealed. 

In an interview with Tlusty was asked about his sexuality.

"I am not gay or bi," he said. "I don't know nothing about the homosexual."

The Maple Leafs are calling it a learning experience.

"Photographs were posted recently on the Internet without Jiri's knowledge or consent,'' Leafs general manager John Ferguson said in a statement. 

"He made a naive mistake as a teenager. It's a lesson in how something private can easily become very public in the Internet age. Hopefully it's a lesson that other people will learn from as well.''

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