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A blast from the past

TENNIS; Never Too Young for Tennis Millions

By ROBIN FINN,

Published: November 10, 1993

Richard Williams, although wary of the pressures it placed on his daughter, isn't ready to retract his prediction for Venus. "I think I told the truth about her; she will be great, and if we allow her to go pro at 14, I don't see her not making the top 10 or 15 a year later," said Williams.
"But I want her to wait until she's 16; I'm sick of looking around tennis and seeing these poor kids making a living for their parents, seeing these parents drive around in their Mercedes and Rolls Royces," said Williams. "To me, that's like the parents turning against the kids and prostituting them. I took my girls out of the tennis academies because I thought they looked at them as a commodity, and you know what happens when one commodity gets used up -- they throw it away and get a new one." 'Want to Use Her'

As for the agents, said Williams: "They see her as a dollar sign. We see her as a little girl. They don't want to sign Venus, they want to use her."
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Good for Venus, but I just can't stand Richard

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Lol Richard is sick of "seeing these poor kids making a living for their parents" and what's he doing? Getting paid by his children.
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Entirely different fragments caught my eye:
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TENNIS; Never Too Young for Tennis Millions

By ROBIN FINN,

Published: November 10, 1993

Richard Williams, although wary of the pressures it placed on his daughter, isn't ready to retract his prediction for Venus. "I think I told the truth about her; she will be great, and if we allow her to go pro at 14, I don't see her not making the top 10 or 15 a year later," said Williams.
"But I want her to wait until she's 16; I'm sick of looking around tennis and seeing these poor kids making a living for their parents, seeing these parents drive around in their Mercedes and Rolls Royces," said Williams. "To me, that's like the parents turning against the kids and prostituting them. I took my girls out of the tennis academies because I thought they looked at them as a commodity, and you know what happens when one commodity gets used up -- they throw it away and get a new one." 'Want to Use Her'

As for the agents, said Williams: "They see her as a dollar sign. We see her as a little girl. They don't want to sign Venus, they want to use her."
A wise, good father he was.
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Lol Richard is sick of "seeing these poor kids making a living for their parents" and what's he doing? Getting paid by his children.
he's getting paid for being their coach seeing as, as far as we all know, that's his only job he still has to make a living...he's not pimping them and pushing them to do what they don't want...according to him they should be retired by now

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