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Bijoux0021
Jul 9th, 2008, 11:13 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3480680

USTA drops commercials featuring Gimelstob

Associated Press

Updated: July 9, 2008, 5:56 PM

Former tennis pro Justin Gimelstob's sexist comments on a radio show have gotten him in trouble again.

Television commercials featuring Gimelstob promoting the U.S. Open Series are being scrapped by the U.S. Tennis Association because of what he said about Anna Kournikova and other women last month.

"Justin Gimelstob's recent comments on a Washington, D.C., radio program were derogatory and demeaning to female tennis players and to women in general. The USTA has long championed integrity, inclusiveness, diversity and equality and cannot ignore such harmful remarks. More than any other sport, tennis has benefited from the pioneering role and achievements of so many women," the USTA said in a statement released to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

"As a result of his remarks, the USTA is discontinuing its planned use of Justin Gimelstob in the 2008 Olympus U.S. Open Series television ad campaign. The USTA has met with Justin, who has expressed deep remorse and has issued his sincere apology. We anticipate that he will learn from this experience and that he will be able to contribute to the game of tennis in the future," the statement said.

In the radio appearance, Gimelstob used a derogatory term to describe Kournikova, a former tennis player, and made suggestive comments about current top-25 player Nicole Vaidisova.

"I respect the USTA's decision," Gimelstob said in a telephone interview with the AP on Wednesday. "They've been great to me over the years, and I appreciated the opportunity. Unfortunately, I take full responsibility for what happened on the show and I deeply regret it. And I'm sorry I didn't represent them or myself the way that I feel like I could have or should have. I'm apologetic and remorseful and wish I could take it back, but I can't."

Gimelstob retired from the men's tennis tour last year and is on the board of the ATP.

After his radio remarks, he was suspended for one match without pay by World TeamTennis but stayed on the air during Wimbledon for his job with the Tennis Channel. That channel issued a statement and apology on its Web site and requested that Gimelstob make a "substantial" donation to the Women's Sports Foundation, which was created by Billie Jean King in 1974.

"I made a mistake and I've apologized. I just hope people accept my apology. I believe that I have positive things to offer the sport and I hope I get back to the point of contributing," he said Wednesday. "I think what I did deserved repercussions, and that's what I'm experiencing now. I have to take responsibility for it and learn from it and move forward."

Gimelstob was to appear Wednesday night in a World TeamTennis match for the Washington Kastles at the New York Buzz in Albany, N.Y.

He will serve his suspension Friday, when the Kastles host the Buzz.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Natash.
Jul 9th, 2008, 11:15 PM
Still not forgiven, Justin. :shrug: But good on the USTA for taking action.

darkchild
Jul 9th, 2008, 11:57 PM
You don't mess with Anna.

-VSR-
Jul 10th, 2008, 12:00 AM
Fake apologies are the funniest. :o

In The Zone
Jul 10th, 2008, 12:02 AM
Even without this situation, he is so annoying. Just a waste. He orgasms about every American man and has no knowledge of the female game. This is their excuse to get rid of him and make my ears feel better.

Optima
Jul 10th, 2008, 12:11 AM
:worship:

Good riddance Justin.

goldenlox
Jul 10th, 2008, 12:12 AM
Gimelstob has been openly sexist for years.
He wrote this for CNN.SI in 2005 -

Pretty soon the WTA practice courts, and maybe even the match courts, will resemble a women's volleyball court, with g-strings and bikinis being the only logical next step. Not that I'm complaining, or even think that wouldn't be a valuable marketing tool. But I'd like to recommend to players both female and male, and even coaches out on the practice courts: If you resemble a beached whale, keep your gear on!

Another dynamic I find interesting is the players' lounges at joint events. In these player-exclusive hangouts, you'll find two groups of women: On one side you have the WTA players, many of whom are very attractive and in great shape. Unfortunately for them, they have to share the space with the most beautiful one percent of female creatures on the planet: men's players' girlfriends and wives.
It's an unfair competition when you have the girlfriends showing up looking like they're ready to stroll down a runway. Meanwhile, you've got the female players hanging out in tennis gear, dripping sweat from their practices and matches. We all know women are competitive creatures, and even I have some sympathy for the players who have to deal with the "glamour girls" whenever they turn the corner.

supergrunt
Jul 10th, 2008, 12:19 AM
:woohoo:

drake3781
Jul 10th, 2008, 01:34 AM
Gimelstob has been openly sexist for years.
He wrote this for CNN.SI in 2005 -

Pretty soon the WTA practice courts, and maybe even the match courts, will resemble a women's volleyball court, with g-strings and bikinis being the only logical next step. Not that I'm complaining, or even think that wouldn't be a valuable marketing tool. But I'd like to recommend to players both female and male, and even coaches out on the practice courts: If you resemble a beached whale, keep your gear on!

Another dynamic I find interesting is the players' lounges at joint events. In these player-exclusive hangouts, you'll find two groups of women: On one side you have the WTA players, many of whom are very attractive and in great shape. Unfortunately for them, they have to share the space with the most beautiful one percent of female creatures on the planet: men's players' girlfriends and wives.
It's an unfair competition when you have the girlfriends showing up looking like they're ready to stroll down a runway. Meanwhile, you've got the female players hanging out in tennis gear, dripping sweat from their practices and matches. We all know women are competitive creatures, and even I have some sympathy for the players who have to deal with the "glamour girls" whenever they turn the corner.


What an ass - that statement and the entire radio interview (which I've read 2-3 times). He also seems really uneducated - to be consumed by this kind of crap means there is a vacuum in his brain instead of meaningful thoughts.

I am really very happy with USTA for their decision. WTT and Tennis Channel both took action,which surprised me, and TC's statement made an impact, but both WTT and TC could have/should have done a bit more.

USTA's statement and action are even stronger and as a woman AND a USTA member, I appreciate it very much.

Daniela-Is-Mine
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:12 AM
Hes from New Jersey...ehat do you expect. My dad used to paly in the club with him years and years back. (Said he was an ass hole)

Alos at the USOPEN Anna Kournikova patted my head and told my dad I was a cutie :drool: to bad I wass 8

Jakeev
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:18 AM
I'm beginning to wonder that the reason why men's tennis seems so sexist is because it is really the only major sport in the world were we see men and women competing together at the same time in a lot of major events.

Sure you have track and field, but you never seem to hear the male athletes say crappy things about the women in those sports.

Pretty said thing we have men like this involved in a sport we love.

supergrunt
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:21 AM
I wonder if he cares? Not be sarcastic. Really, I do.

miffedmax
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:22 AM
There is one downside--I haven't seen them, but from the description in this month's USTA magazine they sound like they might have been funny--in one, TOB allegedly slaps him.

But yes, I don't understand why some men seem to have such a thing about the fact that women play tennis, too. I like to watch both. Whatever else you may think, at least Federer seems to give the ladies some credit.

Atrixo
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:24 AM
Good riddance! He's just a piece of misogynistic garbage, and I'm glad he's being treated as such by the USTA. :smash:

Poor little Justin is all remorseful for his bad ways... Ya, and I'm the Queen of Sheba! :rolleyes:

cheo23
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:29 AM
Send him Your PERSONAL :weirdo::weirdo::weirdo: MESSAGE On his FACEBOOK. He's on the FIRST search result if you type his name JUSTIN GIMELSTOB, and he's NOT the guy with the sunset profile picture.

supergrunt
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:33 AM
Did anyone stop to think that maybe Anna really hurt his feelings? :haha:

young_gunner913
Jul 10th, 2008, 08:10 AM
Allez up your fucking asshole Justin. :devil:

barmaid
Jul 10th, 2008, 11:53 AM
This tidbit was posted on hingis.org recently in a thread about who was the cutest of Martina's boyfriends and this poster replied, "What about Justin Gimmelstob? I was looking up my old notes on Marti to find her highest ranking point total, and came upon an entry dated 6/20/98. Justin said that he had a "four-month romance" with Marti and it "got pretty serious" but they called it off because she was "too young", only 16 at the time.":kiss:

I assume Melanie had a lot to say in dismissing Mr. Gimblestob at that time.:rolleyes:..but I agree that probably Anna K. ignored this jerk way back then and he's just reaping some kind of revenge:fiery: Glad he lost the commercial he made...bad mouthing pretty females is not a good idea!:eek:

barmaid:wavey:

geoepee
Jul 10th, 2008, 12:06 PM
Allez up your fucking asshole Justin. :devil:
lol, i have nothing to say on Justin, but this comment made me :sobbing: :lol:

Alex72
Jul 10th, 2008, 04:08 PM
Justin has a great broadcast personna that includes the look, voice, and a lot of enthusiasm. That is all what got him the job, but to use a popular American expression, he stepped on his d*ck. Some thought a chat with BJK was the end of it, but no, this is really the beginning of the end for him as the UTSA and others censor him. He threw away what was to be a lucrative career as a tennis personality, and all for some plenty unreasonable remarks. It`s true that the women do not play at the same level as then men, but your better WTA athletes are still real good. Their work offers a lot of entertainment value for the ticket price.

Richard_from_Cal
Jul 10th, 2008, 04:45 PM
Not sure which music video to post:

{Don Henley singing "The Heart of the Matter" <"forgiveness, forgiveness...even if, even if..">}
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLgUuHl2xJo

or the stoning scene, from Monty Python
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erthun0Pauc


How about Indie Arie, singing "The Heart of the Matter"?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0biYt8ESr3w


Cheer up, Ladies. It sounds like Justin is a jerk, who's not getting any. ...and you're still in the game, and miffed.--

MisterMan
Jul 10th, 2008, 04:46 PM
Anna should go to the damned police. He threatened to physcially harm her. How funny would that be if there were a police investigation ! lol.

drake3781
Jul 10th, 2008, 05:31 PM
Not sure which music video to post:

{Don Henley singing "The Heart of the Matter" <"forgiveness, forgiveness...even if, even if..">}
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLgUuHl2xJo

or the stoning scene, from Monty Python
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erthun0Pauc


How about Indie Arie, singing "The Heart of the Matter"?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0biYt8ESr3w


Cheer up, Ladies. It sounds like Justin is a jerk, who's not getting any. ...and you're still in the game, and miffed.--


I'll take Monty Python, thanks. :p

Richard_from_Cal
Jul 10th, 2008, 06:30 PM
I'll take Monty Python, thanks. :p
I figured if anybody responded to any of these, it would be that one.
http://confusionforums.com/phpbb/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jul 10th, 2008, 07:38 PM
For somebody who pretty much got the luckiest break imaginable (a career as a tennis broacaster solely based off an improptu on-court interview with Roddick at the US Open), he's really finding ways to shoot himself in the foot. Sounding like a sexist pig w/the Kournikova comments, and then sounding like a complete homophobe with his comments in Out Magazine this week about gay tennis players on tour, definitely won't win him any favors with the USTA or the Tennis Channel, who were essentially doing him a favor by hiring him.

hankqq
Jul 10th, 2008, 07:51 PM
I heard that SI.com dropping him as a blogger too, so there goes another job down the drain LOL.

Serenita
Jul 10th, 2008, 07:54 PM
What kind of commercial was it?

How to be an asswhole? buy it in stores 2morrow!

hankqq
Jul 10th, 2008, 07:58 PM
For somebody who pretty much got the luckiest break imaginable (a career as a tennis broacaster solely based off an improptu on-court interview with Roddick at the US Open), he's really finding ways to shoot himself in the foot. Sounding like a sexist pig w/the Kournikova comments, and then sounding like a complete homophobe with his comments in Out Magazine this week about gay tennis players on tour, definitely won't win him any favors with the USTA or the Tennis Channel, who were essentially doing him a favor by hiring him.


what pisses me off is that he has just been put on the ATP board, so he's not going away yet, and of course the tennis channel still uses him.

I almost hope he says something else stupid in the future so that he's banned from everything tennis-related.

tenn_ace
Jul 10th, 2008, 08:22 PM
I wonder if he cares? Not be sarcastic. Really, I do.

well I'm sure he got kicked in his balls financially, so has to... could be worse though and I wish it was :p

tenn_ace
Jul 10th, 2008, 08:26 PM
by the way this loser is the last one in current WTT singles ranking, 20th out of 23 players in mixed ranking and 19th out of 22 in men's doubles ranking :haha:
I mean bwahahahahaha

serenus_2k8
Jul 10th, 2008, 08:31 PM
Did Anna actually do anything to him? I dont understand where it came from :lol:

sweetpeas
Jul 10th, 2008, 08:56 PM
Good Good Good.....

Bijoux0021
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:05 PM
what pisses me off is that he has just been put on the ATP board, so he's not going away yet, and of course the tennis channel still uses him.

I almost hope he says something else stupid in the future so that he's banned from everything tennis-related.
He will likely say something else stupid, because that's who he is: He's a sexist and always will be.

Tennisballova
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:19 PM
Good decision by the USTA. He's such a pig.

twight6
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:58 PM
Justin has a great broadcast personna that includes the look, voice, and a lot of enthusiasm. That is all what got him the job, but to use a popular American expression, he stepped on his d*ck. Some thought a chat with BJK was the end of it, but no, this is really the beginning of the end for him as the UTSA and others censor him. He threw away what was to be a lucrative career as a tennis personality, and all for some plenty unreasonable remarks. It`s true that the women do not play at the same level as then men, but your better WTA athletes are still real good. Their work offers a lot of entertainment value for the ticket price.

:spit: I'm an American, kid nonetheless, and I've never heard this expression :lol:. But I love it! And will now use it very often ;) :spit:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:01 PM
what pisses me off is that he has just been put on the ATP board, so he's not going away yet, and of course the tennis channel still uses him.

I almost hope he says something else stupid in the future so that he's banned from everything tennis-related.

He might not be with the Tennis Channel much longer. I was a runner for the Sampras/Federer this match at MSG (which Gimelstob was the on-court reporter for) and he was NOT popular with people there. You could see a lot of snickering and eye-rolling whenever he pulled his over-enthusiastic schtick or just acted like a tool when interviewing the celebs courtside.

What do people see in this guy? He dates super-attractive girls like Corina Morariu and didn't Lindsay Davenport once say that Justin is one of his closest friends?

twight6
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:01 PM
I just found this on another site:

"There is no excuse, and I am extremely disappointed in myself," said Gimelstob, who is also donating an undisclosed sum to the Women's Sports Foundation in a bid to cling on to his ATP post after the men's governing body branded his comments "appalling."

"I take full responsibility for all the words that came out of my mouth, and, while I can't take any of them back, I hope my heartfelt remorse can begin to heal the wounds felt by many."


:spit:

Article here: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/06/27/2008-06-27_tennis_player_justin_gimelstob_slammed_f.html


I somehow missed the thread on what he said about Anna and other players. Can anyone link it? I need to visit GM more often.

I'm :eek: at what he said! I knew he was an ass, but that was just :speakles:



EDIT: found this:

Gimelstob said: "Among the targets of my venom was Anna Kournikova, not to mention a general disregard and disrespect toward women. They all deserve and have my deepest apologies. While I see how it could be implied by my remarks, I assure you that I have the utmost respect for women." :rolleyes:

young_gunner913
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:07 PM
Here is the thread.

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=347207 :wavey:

twight6
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:09 PM
Here is the thread.

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=347207 :wavey:

MERCI BEAUCOUP :worship:

cheo23
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:10 AM
Justin has a great broadcast personna that includes the look, voice, and a lot of enthusiasm. That is all what got him the job, but to use a popular American expression, he stepped on his d*ck. Some thought a chat with BJK was the end of it, but no, this is really the beginning of the end for him as the UTSA and others censor him. He threw away what was to be a lucrative career as a tennis personality, and all for some plenty unreasonable remarks. It`s true that the women do not play at the same level as then men, but your better WTA athletes are still real good. Their work offers a lot of entertainment value for the ticket price.

ARe you just POsing as an American because I've NEVER heard of that expression before :weirdo::weirdo::weirdo:

HTE
Jul 11th, 2008, 06:46 PM
good riddance

drake3781
Jul 11th, 2008, 06:57 PM
I've never heard that expression before either, LOL!! :rolls: