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Wizards center Marcin Gortat sometimes shaves his armpits, everyone (photo)


Apparently, some more perceptive (obsessive?) Washington Wizards fans have made it their responsibility to keep an eye on the condition of Marcin Gortat’s armpits, as one reader of Bullets Forever noticed that the burly center appears to on some occasions have a conspicuous lack of body hair sprouting out of them.

D.C. Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg, ever the inquisitive — and brave — journalist, elected to broach the topic with Gortat, something that had to be a tad awkward to do.

But Steinberg did, and Gortat not only admitted he sometimes shaves his armpits, he gave a sufficiently worthwhile reason to why he chooses to engage in such a unique form of manscaping.

“I gotta ask you this one,” I said to Gortat recently. “It’s embarrassing, but people want to know. Do you actually shave your armpits?”

“I shave yeah, sometimes,” Gortat said. “Not, like, shave with razor. Just shave, yeah.”

With electric clippers, he meant.

“Is that…that would be unusual in America,” I cleverly said, since the follow-up is just as important as the original question.

“Yeah?” Gortat said. “You’re a 30-years-old guy, you want to look like a freaking caveman? Is a normal thing.”

“I think it might be a European thing,” I said, since that’s what my co-worker Marissa had suggested. “I think it might be a normal thing in Europe?”

“I think a lot of people in this locker room shave,” Gortat argued.

“Shave their armpits, you think?” I asked.

“Yeah,” he said. “I’m quite sure.”

So, there you have it. Marcin Gortat shaves his armpits on occasion. Good to know. As the old saying goes, “Excess bodily hair is the pits.” Okay, that’s not a saying, but do you see what I did there?

It appears that this armpit-shaving habit has been a longstanding routine for Gortat, as a photo from his Phoenix Suns days clearly reveals a cleanly shaven armpit.


Between this story and the one last week about how a renowned MLB barber revealed that Alex Rodriguez shaves his arms and legs, it’s possible that this may become a trend and we “freaking caveman” types will have little choice but to follow suit if we don’t want to appear prehistoric, knuckle-dragging cretins.