NBA Icon Wilt Chamberlain Claimed To Have Slept With 20,000 Women

NBA Icon Wilt Chamberlain Claimed To Have Slept With 20,000 Women | Fred Palumbo, World Telegram, US Library of Congress

Wilt Chamberlain, the legendary NBA player who remains one of the most well-known athletes of the sport in history, once claimed he was as prolific in the bedroom as he was on the court and that he slept with more than 20,000 women.

Chamberlain’s NBA record speaks for itself

After debuting with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959, he went on to play for the 76ers and finally the LA Lakers. He was one of the best in the game for more than a decade before eventually retiring in 1973 at the age of 36.

Throughout his time on the court, he still found plenty of time for, erm, extracurricular activities, as detailed in his 1991 autobiography, “A View from Above.” The memoir shared the details of his life from childhood and included plenty about his relationships with women.

He says he slept with “20,000 different ladies”

While it’s unclear how he came to this intensely high figure, Wilt Chamberlain insists that he was doing it so much since his teenage years that it had to be correct.

“At my age, that equals out to [sleeping with] 1.2 women a day, every day since I was 15 years old,” he wrote.

While that number was likely highly inflated, no one can exactly prove him wrong, can they?

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Chamberlain got a lot of backlash over the claim/admission

Tennis superstar Arthur Ashe was one of Chamberlain’s biggest critics. In his own book, “Days of Grace,” he said that he felt sorry for the basketball player.

“I felt more pity than sorrow for Wilt as his macho accounting backfired on him in the form of a wave of public criticism,” he wrote.

However, Chamberlain insisted in his book that he wasn’t trying to brag or make headlines — he was simply being honest.

“I’m not boasting… I don’t see all this lovemaking as any kind of conquest,” he wrote. “All I’m saying is that I like women, people are curious … and to most people, the number of women who have come and gone through my bedrooms — and various hotel rooms around the country — would boggle the mind.”

He added that it was “natural” to chase “good-looking ladies, whoever they were and wherever they were.”

Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.