Sarah Palin had a one night stand with a then NBA player-to-be, and indulged in an extramarital affair with her husband's business partner for six months, according to Joe McGinniss, whose book The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin is coming out on September 20.
The scandalizing information emerged Wednesday after The National Enquirer published an exclusive piece based on information from undisclosed “publishing sources familiar with the contents” of the book. The affair will rock the Palin camp as it makes a decision to potentially enter the 2012 presidential nomination race.
In the book, McGinniss claims that Palin had a one night stand with basketball player Glen Rice a year before she married her current husband, Todd Palin, a lifelong Alaskan and a four-time champion of the world's longest snow-machine race.
McGinniss quotes Rice confirming the one night stand. He also claims that Palin had a fetish for black men at the time.
Palin met Rice, at the time a junior at the University of Michigan, in 1987 in Alaska, where the athlete was playing in a college basketball tournament. At the time Palin, a fresh college grad, was working as a sports reporter for the Anchorage TV station KTUU.
In another blow, McGinniss wrote that Palin cheated later on her husband with his business partner, Brad Hanson, in an affair that continued for six months.
The book reveals that both Palin and her husband were using cocaine.
“This book is a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin- and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that have produced her, and the country she feels she is destined to lead,” stated the publisher, Crown Publisher Group.
The bold author, McGinniss, first heard of Palin in the spring of 2008 as he considered going back to Alaska to revisit the state featured in his older book, Going to Extremes, he declared on his website. One difference popped up right away, he wrote, Alaska had a female governor.
“At first, I thought she’d be a small part of a much larger story,” he stated. “Then John McCain made her a star. Suddenly, there was no story bigger than Sarah Palin. But who was she, behind the good looks, the smart mouth, the sexy wardrobe? My search for the answer to that question triggered fireworks from the start.”