I was drawn to the word, ‘ingénue’ being used in reference to a male sportsman in the New York Times’ (October 15) article reporting that Lamar Odom, basketball star who won two N.B.A. titles with the Los Angeles Lakers was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. It reads:
When the E! network unveiled its plans for a spinoff called “Khloe and Lamar,” in January 2011, Odom did not appear to be an ingénue along for the ride. It was a calculated business decision made by someone who grew up aware of life’s hard realities. “As an athlete, you’ve got to take advantage of opportunities,” Odom said at the time. “When the ball stops bouncing, it stops bouncing.”
Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary defines ‘ingénue’’ as noun. an innocent young woman, especially in a film / movie or play.
Does ‘ingénue’ match a male athlete even as an analogy or metaphor? What does “Odom did not appear to be an ingénue along for the ride.” mean?