Richard Williams conquers prejudice with even more prejudice
Richard Williams, a man famous only for producing two talented daughters, was deemed worthy of interview last week. The old timer used it as an opportunity to thoroughly embarrass his offspring:
Tennis is a prejudice game. Well, I’m Black and I’m prejudiced, very prejudiced. I’ll be always prejudiced as the White man. The White man hated me all my life and I hate him. That’s no secret. I’m not even an American, it just so happens that I was born in America. People are prejudiced in tennis. I don’t think Venus or Serena was ever accepted by tennis. They never will be. But if you get some little White no good trasher in America like Tracy Austin or Chris Evert who cannot hit the ball, they will claim this is great.
After displaying the kind of racism that would make the actor who played Kramer in Seinfeld proud, Williams went on to criticise those in the game who have only learnt one trade:
There were taught that there is a life behind the baseline. If you look at most of your tennis players when they are finished playing tennis, where are they going? Look at (John) McEnroe, (Martina) Navratilova, Vijay Amritraj, look at all of them. All their lives they have been in sports, where are they now? Do you want that for your child?
You go spend 20 years playing tennis and another 20 years announcing tennis, that is 40 years of your life, you mean, you never learnt anything else!?
So, Richard, people like McEnroe who can only do one thing (at the highest level in their field) are losers. And that makes you, with no accomplishments beyond a good gene pool, what exactly? It’s a little like the kettle calling the pot… nevermind.