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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Leo Clijsters, father of Kim Clijsters, said Monday he and his daughter would no longer talk to certain sections of the press after they had suffered a "defamatory campaign."



Leo, Belgium's soccer player of the year in 1988, was tight-lipped about which parts of the press he and his daughter would boycott.


"I don't want to talk about it. It's people who write stupid things and some things they make up themselves. It's our choice. We don't like what people write," he told Reuters.


Leo announced his boycott in a hand-written statement faxed to Belgian national news agency Belga and obtained by Reuters.


He complained of a campaign linked to remarks made by Patrick Dewael, president of Clijsters' home region of Flanders.


Dewael had proposed changing the laws regarding taxation to make the area more favorable to Kim, who was considering a move to Australia.


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"After the campaign over the last few days concerning Mr. Dewael's proposals about the rules for sport stars, Kim Clijsters feels that they abusively used her name and she and her entourage don't want to be at the disposal of those people any more," the statement said.


Last week, Dewael's suggestion was rejected by Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders, who said that while it was possible to make the law attractive to a category of people, it was not possible to do so for one person.


Leo Clijsters did not elaborate on how the coverage of Dewael's suggestion had upset him and his daughter.


"People want to sell this shit? Okay, it's not our problem," he said. "I decide who I want to talk to."


He declined to say whether he thought the boycott was affecting Kim's tennis.


Last month Leo warned that his daughter could hang up her racket within three years because of the hectic schedule of women's tennis and the pressures that she was facing.

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I just wish Lei would shut up

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Uh, what the hell?
Sounds like poor Kim has been adopted by Damir Dokic.
Starting a war with the vindictive members of the media can be overly distracting to Kim at a cricial time in her career.

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YAY less kim in the press!

maybe they'll notice juju then

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Another father who likes the limelight.

He says 'we' in the article. Surely Kim is old enough now to make her own individual statements.
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Press boycotts are typically launched by people who have made fools of themselves in public and seek to avoid a repeat.

Lei, or Leo, or whatever he likes to be called, also made some bold statements about the potential early retirement of his daughter. It did not appear as if he spoke on her behalf. This seems to be his own initiative as well.

In order to be credible, he needs to specify his criticism, not just lash out emotionally with crude comments like "shit". He is doing Kim a disservice with this type of behavior.

Also, the article seemed to suggest that he was upset about Kim being used politically by the president of Flanders, but it wasn't made very clear what that was all about.
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If this crap continues from daddy, we will not see Kim hoist a GS title anytime soon.

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What would you do if you got 150 phonecalls every day!

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!
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YAY less kim in the press!

maybe they'll notice juju then


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What would you do if you got 150 phonecalls every day!

You actually believe that figure..?

It's not that, because you're a fan of Kim, that you have to agree with what her dad spits into the news.
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I just wish most of the ppl here would shut up
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