“I may have been 17,” Breedlove told The Oregonian, by way of asking people to forgive Adams. “But I was an adult and I knew what I was doing.”Oh, good lord. Yes, I recall my eighteenth birthday well, when the veil of ignorance lifted and the scales fell from my eyes and the new day shone like . . . You know, I had sex with a couple of middle-age men in my yute. In the name of taste, I shall refrain from commenting on any of their "powerful positions." The proposition put forward in the above post, that as a late adolescent, Mr. Hotstuff Buttlove was necessarily "sorting through emotions about his sexuality" (contradicted, one notes, by the "boy") is pure bigotry. If he had been a 17-year-old young woman, then the hackles would still be raised, but no one would accuse her of being confused by her heterosexuality. I knew I wanted to suck cock for sure when I was a lot younger than 17, and as soon as I found one available, I did.
Nobody at age 17 knows what they are doing, which is why they should never be having sex with middle-aged men, especially those in powerful positions.
I simply cannot imagine why Sam Adams would have sought to keep this relationship from the equanimitous press.