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IIie Nastase is a vile human being, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll just call him a jerk this week.
Sure, there’s much stronger language we can use to describe someone who makes racist comments about an unborn child, but once again we are compelled to remind you this is a family publication, and if we went any further, we’d be no different than him, right?
There is racism in the world. We know this all too well. There is also racism in sports, which we also know too well. And then there is the kind of discrimination Serena Williams has endured for more than 20 years.
Ilie Nastase calls his racist comments about Serena Williams’ unborn child just ‘spontaneous’ talk. (PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
It should be noted there are plenty of people who defend the rights of unborn children, but they were nowhere to be found this week. But we digress.
Serena Williams fires back at Ilie Nastase over ‘racist comments’
It wouldn’t be preposterous to argue that no athlete since Jackie Robinson has endured more prolonged racist attacks than Williams, who is quite possibly the greatest athlete we have ever seen. Serena and her sister Venus and her father Richard have been the targets of racist jerks since she was a child.
What does it say about society that, even as a 35 year old champion, entrepreneur, activist, and social icon, Serena’s own child, who hasn’t even been born yet, is already experiencing the kind of outwardly despicable behavior she and her family have had to put up with?
Venus (l.) and Serena Williams have had to endure racist jerks in the tennis world since day one. (Dita Alangkara/AP)
Let’s not forget about the slurs that have rained down on the Williams sisters at places like Indian Wells, the boos, the charges of Richard Williams fixing matches for his daughters, the death threats he received. Let’s not ignore the fact that as a teenager, fans called Serena the N word.
So it was even worse when Nastase tried to make a terrible joke about the skin color of Serena’s unborn baby last week, part of a weekend’s worth of deplorable behavior that got the 70 year old bigot suspended by the International Tennis Federation. Not nearly as bad as the sexist, racist things he said during a weekend long meltdown, it took “Nasty” Nastase a week to say he was sorry for what he said about Williams.
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“My words during the Fed Cup have rightfully caused controversy and upset the audience, the press and, most painfully for me,
the tennis world,” he wrote on Facebook. “I am fully aware that nothing can truly excuse my statements not the tension of a high stakes game, not my traditionally irreverent attitude, not the unfortunate escalation of the situation.
“My life remains dedicated to tennis and its audiences, so please accept my apologies, for whatever they may be worth right now.”
Nastase initially said his comments were “spontaneous,” which implies they were a reflex, something that came out of his big mouth naturally, without a filter. For most people, uttering horrible things about race and gender does not come so naturally.
Sadly, Nastase was not alone this week in being a racist jerk. Sadly, we are reminded that these incidents are not as isolated as we’d like.
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White nationalist figure Richard Spencer recently said, “If I could wave a magic wand, I would absolutely ban football.” But it’s not because of the dangers of the game or some of the sociopaths who play it. He wants to get rid of football because there are too many blacks playing it.
“There’s a profound ambivalence surrounding sports, and so much of that is due to race,” he told New York magazine this week in the same interview he indicated Colin Kaepernick asking people to recognize racial inequality was somehow “messing with our national identity.”
In the past, according to the story, Spencer wrote papers like “Where Have All the White Devils Gone?” in which he was concerned about the increasing number of black Duke basketball players.
If you look close enough, you can find a lot of racism in the world. If you look a little closer, you can see it in sports, too.
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And unfortunately, you don’t have to look that hard at all to find some of the jerks responsible for perpetuating it.
LaVar Ball reportedly gets rejected by all the big shoe companies with his outrageous demands. (Richard Mackson/USA Today/Reuters)
Perhaps LaVar Ball was a little less of a jerk, his son Lonzo would have a sneaker deal waiting for him after he is likely selected at the top of this year’s NBA Draft. According to reports, Nike, Under Armour and Adidas want nothing to do with the big mouth’s kid.
LaVar Ball had said he was seeking a billion dollar endorsement deal for his sons, two of which are still in high school. That’s obviously not going to happen. Now it seems, because he carries himself like such an insufferable jerk, the clown prince of sports dads won’t get a single penny from those sneaker companies.
LaVar’s mouth has been writing proverbial checks his kids will never be able to cash. Now it appears that’s quite literally the case.