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Mase
May 7th, 2003, 05:50 PM
After being relatively quiet for months now, Richard Williams is out there confusing things again.

In an interview with the French magazine L'Equipe on Saturday, Williams blasted the tennis world for racism, claimed no one will ever defeat his daughters all while saying he thought his daughters should take some time off from tennis.

It's a strange thing for a man to say whose daughter Serena could have won the Grand Slam last season if not for rolling an ankle right before the Australian Open. This year, a healthy Serena won the year's first Slam to become the holder of all four titles and giving her a chance to chase the Grand Slam this season. Meanwhile, older daughter Venus has reached the past four Grand Slam finals finishing as runner-up.

But in the interview Williams addressed critics who say that his daughters appearing in every final is making tennis boring.

"So women's tennis is getting boring. And you know why? Because two lovely black women dominate it.

"They're better than the white girls and that's intolerable. It's downgrading, lamentable," he said.

Williams said his daughters were the victims of racist prejudice from within the tennis world.

"They're disturbed by our being there. They've tried everything they could to tame us, to recuperate us and when they couldn't, they said I was a mad man."

Richard Williams was quoted as saying he believes racism is rife in women's tennis, and within the Women's Tennis Association.

"I asked the WTA, 'Does racism still exist with you?'," he said in the interview. "They told me no. They're taking me for an idiot."

Williams also said he will never salute the flag because of racism in America.

"It has no meaning for me," he said.

According to Williams, his daughters are talented enough to take a break from tennis and still dominate upon their return.

"I would like them to stop playing today, for Serena to study and for Venus to launch herself into business," Williams said.

The father said he is unimpressed with the level of competition on the women's circuit and in the junior ranks.

"If I was in their place, I would take a break for one or two years," Williams said. "I would do some sailing, some ice skating, and I would come back unranked, just so I could become No. 1 within five or six months."

But he also said that nothing can stop the Williams family.

"We'll always be around," he said. "There are tournaments we're going to skip but we'll play and win all the Grand Slams," he said.

"In the six or seven years to come, we won't leave anything to anybody, or only by pure chance."

He said Serena and Venus were first accused of being arrogant and were now facing more criticism and insinuations.

"Have you never heard people say: 'They're physically too strong not to have taken doping?'

"Now it's a new story. They say: 'The Williams sisters dominate tennis so much they're going to kill the show, to kill tennis.'

"And I say to all the old white guys, 'why don't you leave the stands?'," he said.

Williams added that his daughters were dominating the game because they had stolen the best shots from their rivals.

"The whites have always said that black people were robbers. My daughters are robbers. They're going to rob you of your best shot and make it our best shot.

"My daughters are the best two robbers in the world," he said.


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ToeTag
May 7th, 2003, 05:53 PM
ZZZZzzzzzzz.Would someone shut him up!! :rolleyes:

Serendy Willick
May 7th, 2003, 05:54 PM
ZZZZZZZZZZZ. This article has already been posted. :rolleyes:

JCAP
May 7th, 2003, 05:55 PM
That man needs a smack in the gob!

Mase
May 7th, 2003, 05:55 PM
I didnt know if it was ALL out there, thought this one was a little longer than the other one.. Or maybe this time around it just took me off gaurd more, either way I apologize........

Knizzle
May 7th, 2003, 06:18 PM
Tell it like it is Richard. Let them all know what the real deal is on the WTA and in organized tennis. Richard speaks the truth.

JCAP
May 7th, 2003, 06:32 PM
Richard speaks the truth are you for real????

downtheline
May 7th, 2003, 06:58 PM
:worship:
GO, RICHARD!!!!

He is on the money!!!

AMERICA is super segregated! The only people who do not understand this are white people.

Richard makes outrageous statements that challenge people to actually think about the reality the Williams girls face.

Can you imagine what was going in the minds of competitors and the tennis establishment before the Williams girls won their Slams? I don't think everyone was receptive to them. Bias and prejudice manifest themselves in ways that are most detectable by their victims. The perpertrators will not comprehend that they instinctually make poor assumptions about black people because they assume a position of superiority over them. Richard is making them rethink the stability of their social positions as top of the racial food chain.

*abby*
May 7th, 2003, 07:04 PM
[QUOTE='downtheline']
AMERICA is super segregated! The only people who do not understand this are white people.

maybe that is true.so y dont u c what a black person thinks?i have an idea....y dont u ask erm............erm....................erm......... ...ME
yup thats right im black and guess what???
i think hes talkin shit 2
r u beginnin 2 c a pattern
no matter what colour ppl r they can all agree that hes talkin shit


hey lisa :wavey:

Serendy Willick
May 7th, 2003, 07:11 PM
[QUOTE='downtheline']
AMERICA is super segregated! The only people who do not understand this are white people.

maybe that is true.so y dont u c what a black person thinks?i have an idea....y dont u ask erm............erm....................erm......... ...ME
yup thats right im black and guess what???
i think hes talkin shit 2
r u beginnin 2 c a pattern
no matter what colour ppl r they can all agree that hes talkin shit


hey lisa :wavey:




Ahem, are we supposed to care because you are black and think that the world isnt segregated and dont agree with Richards point? Ahem NO

Nothing irritates me more than people who still thinks that this is a dreamworld and that racism, sexism, and ageism still doesnt exist. Unless some people need to be reminded of James Byrd Jr, Admna Louima, Rodney King, the man from Wyoming(I am so sorry I dont remember this young mans name, brutially killed because he was Gay), all absolute Hate crimes that that have happened the last ten decade, not the 1960's. People continuously crack on Richard, because they know that the man is right for the most part.

JCAP
May 7th, 2003, 07:28 PM
Why is it every time a white person says they dont like the Williams's is it comes down to racisim :rolleyes:
Personally i am not a big fan of the Williams's but that dosent in any way mean im racisit :eek: ! Way do certain people bring this up every time! If people dont like Jen i could easily say they are racisit if they are black but that NEVER happens because she's white people automatically think they just dont like her because of her attitude etc but because the Williams's are black it is a totally different matter for them :mad:

Serendy Willick
May 7th, 2003, 07:35 PM
Why is it every time a white person says they dont like the Williams's is it comes down to racisim :rolleyes:
Personally i am not a big fan of the Williams's but that dosent in any way mean im racisit :eek: ! Way do certain people bring this up every time! If people dont like Jen i could easily say they are racisit if they are black but that NEVER happens because she's white people automatically think they just dont like her because of her attitude etc but because the Williams's are black it is a totally different matter for them :mad:

How in the hell is my post implying the if a white person doesnt like the Williams then they are racist? Everytime someone throws racism in the picture (which often times is NOT a Williams fan, but a fan of someone else) people tend to make it out as like an absolute game that people whine about. My post was intended to remind that real true cases of Racism and hate are still around today.

Mase
May 7th, 2003, 07:57 PM
Im YEAAAA close to just deleting this bitch.. it just causes trouble.. If I knew it was the one posted earlier I wouldnt have put it up anyways...