The tennis reporter later apologized for his "awkward question. Ina columnist for the Telegraph -- after questioning Serena Williams' commitment and stating that her "acting" was such that she could play Scarlett O'Hara's maid, Prissy, if "Gone With the Wind" were remade yes, seriously -- basically called Williams fat. There's a different level of decorum? She was 24 years old and already had won each of the Grand Slam events at least once. Why would I want to do that, and be that? Make a monster truck comparison to your wife or sister when she gets home from the gym one day. Off the field, Tom Brady has pimped UggsCam Newton has stepped to a podium wearing a campaign hat so comically large it might fit Smokey the Bear himself and Russell Westbrook showed up to a game looking like he'd survived a mauling by a wild animal.
What about respecting that the catsuit is functional, as Williams told Reutersand helps her with blood clots?
A Rolling Stone writer, in an otherwise effusive piece on Williams, years later wrote that she was "black, beautiful and built like one of those monster trucks that crushes Volkswagens at sports arenas. Did it occur to the reporter that Williams' career highlights include owning Sharapova -- beating her in 18 straight matches, no less? Calling Williams' physique manly invokes two stereotypes. Naturally, those who engage in the aforementioned criticisms are quick to deny Williams the credit she has earned. In a May profile for Bazaar -- for which she posed for another cover shoot, in another swimsuit -- she laughed at her year-old self striving to be a size 4 and said she would use her battle with body image as a cautionary tale in rearing Olympia. Perhaps not since the end of Jim Crow have athletes of Williams' ilk -- and, to be clear, with 23 Grand Slam singles titles and counting, that's a tiny circle -- had to weather so much criticism about their facade, be it melanin level, physique or choice of attire. Saying he had been waiting 14 years to ask the question, the reporter referred to a remark by then-businessman Donald Trump who raised the prospect that Williams was intimidated by Maria Sharapova's "supermodel good looks.