KRISTA GUTERMAN: LONG ISLAND TEENAGER SAYS SHE "DATED" PAUL LO DUCA
Meet Krista Guterman, 19: Joey Buttafuoco had a Long Island Lolita. Now, Paul Lo Duca has one.
Paul Lo Duca has had quite a week. First, news of his divorce broke in the New York dailies. His wife alleged infidelity as a cause of action for the divorce proceeding.
The Mets catcher had a friend deny to the newspapers that any adultery took place. Then, the NYDaily News reported that Lo Duca is an avid bettor on horse races and has gambling debts.
[NYDailyNews]: Yet sources close to the Brooklyn-born four-time All-Star told The News that his divorce fight was only part of his woes. The sources said Lo Duca also had gambling debts, accumulating a big enough tab that Mets management was aware of it.
The morals clause within Major League Baseball doesn't prohibit a player from gambling at casinos or race tracks, but the league becomes concerned when one of its players runs up unmanageable gambling debts.
Lo Duca insisted to The News yesterday that he only gambled on horses, never on sports. He admitted betting through the Internet, but said all his wagers were legal.
He would not address his wife's allegations, saying only, "We decided to get a divorce six months ago and I wish it didn't happen, but it happens."
Lo Duca denied that any gambling debts existed.
Mets General Manager wasn't thrilled with the turn of events.
Sources told The News that the MLB security office would likely probe whether Lo Duca had engaged in any activity that would require intervention.
Mets General Manager Omar Minaya said the team was "definitely going to ask him about" the gambling allegations. "Once we ask him, we'll go from there," Minaya said.
Okay, Lo Duca is a good liar in some respects. Does his way with the (gullible, easy) ladies translate to more nefarious activities? Is he lying about the gambling debts? Is he lying about not betting on baseball?
Last night, Tuesday, Lo Duca assembled reporters (and even brought Tom Glavine and David Wright to his side) and spoke into television cameras saying, "I love my wife."
But, a Long Island teenager says that Lo Duca lied to her and told her he was alreaedy divorced when she dated him.
The girl's parents practically whored her out to the lothario Lo Duca. Would YOU trust your daughter with a Major League baseball player? Here is the NYPost's scoop.
[NYPOST:] A sexy Long Island teen revealed in an explosive interview yesterday that she and married Met catcher Paul Lo Duca have been carrying on a steamy affair since April, enjoying secret trysts at his pad and sharing intimate phone calls.
"He's fun - for an older man," bombshell brunette Krista Guterman, 19, said of the All-Star stud, whose wife recently slapped him with divorce papers charging adultery.
Lo Duca also was hit yesterday with the announcement that the Mets will probe claims that he has heavy gambling debts.
As the ball player tried to deflect both stories, Guterman told how she first met the 34-year-old dad while with a pal at "18 and Over Night" at the trendy Bridgeview bar in Long Beach in April. Lo Duca had just returned from spring training, she said, and she was home from college.
The fashion major said she and her friend, who corroborated Guterman's story to The Post, used a contact to land a spot in the hip club's VIP section, a celebrity stomping ground. That night, Met and Cincinnati Red players abounded, Guterman said.
The tanned teen said she and her pal were first approached by a member of Lo Duca's entourage, who pointed out the hunky player and asked if they knew who he was.
Guterman said she had no idea - she doesn't watch baseball.
"Paul thinks you're cute," Guterman said Lo Duca's pal told her.
"I thought he was cute," too, the teen said. "But I didn't have any idea who he was."
She said Lo Duca then approached her and her friend, and the trio partied until 3 a.m.
The teen said that as the night wound down, Lo Duca's pal suggested that she and her girlfriend give him a lift to his posh spread in Oyster Bay.
The young women declined, saying they wanted to get home. But before she left, Guterman gave Lo Duca her cellphone number.
She said that less than hour after leaving the bar, she received a casual text message from Lo Duca, telling her "hi." She said they met again soon after, and he began calling her several times a week.
The first time they went out, Guterman said, the red-hot slugger told her he was divorced - and that he had agreed to give his ex-wife $7 million in the settlement.
She said she learned that he was still married to his wife of six years, Sonia, only after reading The Post on Monday.
"I didn't know he was married. If I knew he was married, I wouldn't have dated him," insisted the leggy teen, who lives with her parents.
Asked how she felt after learning that the catcher was still hitched, Guterman replied, "He's a scumbag for lying to me."
The teen said that since Lo Duca is on the road a lot, they're left to burn up the phone lines until they can hook up. Her parents knew about the relationship, she said, adding that on nights they were getting together, he would pick her up at the house.
The couple went out only once in public, Guterman said, to a Manhattan restaurant.
Otherwise, "We would go to his place [in Oyster Bay] and hang out," Guterman said.
She described their dating as casual, explaining that they could both still date other people. Guterman said she didn't expect it to go anywhere.
"It was fun," she said. "I would call it a fling."
When asked if he was her boyfriend, she said, "No. We dated."
"He's a fun guy. He has a good personality," Guterman said. "We're good friends. We still talk a lot on the phone."
The teen even dedicated part of her myspace.com Web page to Lo Duca - and posted a sexy photo of her perched on his lap at The Coyote bar in Island Park.
She also showed two photos of the slugger in action - tagged to romantic lyrics from Jessica Simpson's song "Angels."
"And through it all, he offers me protection. A lot of love and affection. Whether I'm right or wrong . . . my love," it read under the photos, which mysteriously disappeared along with the rest of her page yesterday.
At another place on the page, Guterman wrote: "I have an obsession with the Mets . . . OBV [obviously]!!!!"
Guterman said she last heard from the Brooklyn-born Lo Duca when "he called me a couple of nights ago."
Lo Duca wanted to warn her that some news about him might hit the papers in the coming days, she said.
She said that two days ago, he text- messaged her, saying, "I have to speak to you."
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