30
Oct
08

Justin Gimelstob tennis’s ‘Sexist Pig’.

After a series of radio interviews, where Gimelstob berated Women’s tennis, Women tennis players, and Anna Kournikova in particular, the dust has settled. Unfortunately little or nothing was done to punish the loud-mouthed Gimelstob, and few of tennis’s authoritative organizations took any action at all. The USTA did withdraw any of their ads which featured Gimelstob citing his disrespectful and demeaning remarks regarding Women’s tennis as unprofessional. The ATP, the Association of Tennis Professional, of which he is a board member, merely accepted his apology without so much as a slap on the wrist. A spokesperson for the ATP stated, “Justin has done the right thing in taking full responsibility for his comments by apologizing publicly to Anna for what he described as his disparaging and disrespectful comments.” What a bunch of wimps!
In any other sport sexist remarks would have been cause for the banishment of the speaker, either for life or for a minimum of a year, his participation in public events would have been suspended, and his professional standing revoked. None of these things were done to Gimelstob. He is still playing for World Team Tennis, still on tour, and still reporting for the Tennis Channel. His doubles partner on the Washington Kastles Team is Serena Williams, who did not defend him but did not refuse to partner him either. She was quoted as saying, “I think his comments aren’t necessary, we’ve come farther than to be referred to as a b—h.” Serena doesn’t use bad language. “Anna is a great girl, what he said was uncalled for an unprofessional.” She should have ousted him from the team, and stood up for her fellow women player!
Gimelstob has always been a kind of loose cannon, a big male jock who has been on the periphery of the men’s tour. He’s the kind of moron who says such things as, “I’ll never mature until I’m at least eighty.” or “Women tennis players have no social skills, they never went to high school and they never went to parties.” His verbal attack against Anna Kournikova, who he claims he has not attraction to, came when he responded to a question about her early retirement from the game. He said she was a fake and a bitch, and even referred to her as ‘a douche’. He didn’t stop there but suggested that he get his stud-like 27 year old brother to ‘nail’ her just for the fun of it. He also threatened to hit her with a 128 mph service which he said he would aim directly at her bare midriff the next time she faced him in mixed doubles.
Anna acted with praiseworthy class by refusing to retaliate, she said, “I will take the high road in this matter.” Gimelstob had a few words for both Nicole Vaidisova, who he called, ‘a well-developed young lady’, and Alize Cornet, calling them both a pair of sexpots!
You have my permission to boo him if he shows up at the 2009 Australian Open, the game does not need ass—-s like Justin Gimelstob!

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