Palin book: Rice confirms tryst

According to an upcoming book, Sarah Palin and former professional basketball player Glen Rice had a one-night stand in 1987 in Alaska.

MIAMI -- A new book about tea party darling Sarah Palin has a salacious revelation about her sex life involving a well-known sports star.

According to The National Enquirer, which obtained an advance copy of a book about Palin by investigative writer Joe McGinniss, Palin and NBA player Glen Rice had a one-night tryst back in 1987.

At the time, the former Alaska governor, now 47, was single, just out of college and working as a sports reporter at Anchorage TV station KTUU.

Rice, 44, who lives in Coral Gables, Fla., was a promising junior basketball player at the University of Michigan.

Their encounter occurred while Rice was in Anchorage competing in a basketball tournament and Palin apparently covered the event. Months later, in 1988, Palin eloped with her high school sweetheart Todd Palin. The two are still married.

Quoting from the book, the tabloid said that at the time, the 23-year-old Palin had a "fetish" for black men.

Rice was contacted by McGinniss and the former Miami Heat star confirmed the one-night stand with the woman who became famous as Republican vice presidential candidate, the tabloid said.

Rice could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, as the story spread on the Internet and on sports talk radio shows.

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward was the Miami Heat's first real star and led Miami to its first playoff series against the Chicago Bulls.

Rice's best stretch was with the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996-1997 season when he was third in the league in scoring behind Michael Jordan and Karl Malone, averaging 26 points per game.

In 2008, after his retirement, Rice was arrested in Miami on suspicion of felony battery in a domestic incident involving his estranged wife, Cristy, who eventually became one of "The Real Housewives of Miami" on Bravo.

Police said he assaulted a man who he found hiding in her closet. Rice surrendered to police and was released on bond. Charges were later dropped. The couple divorced.

McGinniss' book, "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," is set to be released Tuesday. In an unusual move, McGinniss rented a house next door to the Palins in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, while researching and writing his book.

McGinniss figures prominently in an episode of her recent reality television show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," where she complains about him as a neighbor.