Jason Whitlock Thinks That Serena Williams Needs To Slim Down And Is An Underachiever
Tennis, Serena Williams

World-Renowned Health Guru Jason Whitlock Thinks Under-Achiever Serena Williams Needs To Slim Down

7/7/09 in Tennis   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect


I'm no fan of Serena Williams as a looker, some find her attractive, some don't, personally she's just not my cup of tea.  But as a tennis star, she is phenomenally good.  When she's not battling her sister Venus for another Grand Slam title, she is usually at the head of the pack in some other tournament. 

However, as the always controversial Jason Whitlock points out, "At age 27 — the same age as Federer — Serena owns just half as many major titles (11) as Steffi Graf, the greatest women's player of all time."

While the talent pool in women's tennis today may be a little bit deeper than it was in Graf's prime, Whitlock does have a point.  With how dominant Serena has seemingly been, she does only have 11 titles as she edges closer to being "old" in the sport of tennis.  Graf herself retired at age 30, so Whitlock does have a point. 

Whitlock's point here is that Serena wins because she is the most dominating force in women's tennis, when she wants to be that is.  And maybe he is right.  We all know that Serena & Venus' father is the primary reason they have pursued tennis.  Whitlock's point is that Serena could be so much more if she concentrated on doing so and got herself into shape.  Here's an excerpt that speaks to the underlying theme of the piece, but I advise you to go on and read it, if not for entertainment, then maybe for a little perspective,

"During this year's Wimbledon, Serena and Safina played Court 2 while hot, lesser stars battled on Centre Court. Safina can blame genetics for her fate. Serena only has herself to blame. God gave Serena everything, including drop-dead looks.

She's chosen to smother some of it in an unsightly layer of thick, muscled blubber, a byproduct of her unwillingness to commit to a training regimen and diet that would have her at the top of her game year-round.

Serena simply isn't obsessed with tennis perfection. She seems to play the game solely because she's good at it. Not because she has a burning desire to be the best there ever was. That is her right."

So what do you think?  Is Whitlock out of line (again) or does he have a valid point?  Please discuss, I look forward to your comments.


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7/24/09   |   THEKINGISHERE23

its non of his business

7/24/09   |   Tennisgirl498

serenas a great player! but maybe if she did lose a little weight she could be even better!

7/23/09   |   DarkChild

HE IS RIGHT. SHE LOOKS LIKE AN OVER DRESSED REFUGEE

7/22/09   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

fely_damasing wrote:
Yes, that's what I think also. Serena should slim down coz as it is she cant sustain and compete with Dementieva her last opponent in the semi final of wimbledon.

We're talking about the same Wimbledon that Serena won?? 

7/22/09   |   fely_damasing

Yes, that's what I think also. Serena should slim down coz as it is she cant sustain and compete with Dementieva her last opponent in the semi final of wimbledon.

7/22/09   |   ChefZay   |   4 respect

Whitlock looks like he ate gilbert and all the grapes. She is the most dominating player of our time she needs not to eat? What maybe whitlock needs to watch his diet and van 48 you too..

7/10/09   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

Van48 wrote:
I agree, she likes eating to much.

Please clarify. "She" who? Whitlock?

7/10/09   |   Van48

I agree, she likes eating to much.

7/9/09   |   wally4kiss

Not bad, she is great

7/9/09   |   aboasah

She is a typical African with all the features of an African woman ,what his problem anyway.

7/9/09   |   eemjay

did d egg(whitlock)head just wake up 4rm a coma or sum'n??

7/9/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
Really? I did not know that bulimia was a problem on the tour. This will sound very insensitive and sexist ( I hope most people know my rep on the Q and know that's not me) but I find that per capita, the WTA is not in as good a shape as the men's tour. It's just reality for whatever reason.
(Edited by elevenbravo138again)

As you know men and women are different, remember the 7th grade film strips, and in order for menses to take place a woman needs to carry a certain amount of body fat, that's why some leave for a while or retire when they wish to start a family.  With a few exceptions the women on tour are extremely fit: 14% to 8% body fat is where over 75% of tour professionals fell in a 2006 UCLA Athletic Performance and BMI study.  Regarding eating disorders, for PR reasons women's tennis is skittish on the issue and numbers are very hard to get, but The Sports Journal thinks the number at all levels of women's tennis [amateur and pro] could be as low as 5% but is of the opinion it's likely much higher.  How many times has a player dropped of the tour for fatigue or exhaustion?  Could a good number of those be related to anorexia or bulimia?  People I know who worked for Martina Navratilova think that especially in Juniors it's a problem approaching 1 in 5, the athletic demands plus the post Anna Kournikova 'Supermodel' tennis world make many younger players believe they must be thin.  I am glad that Serena is showing you can win without starving yourself.  Could she concentrate more on her game?  Yes!  Can she win majors without having a laser like focus on tennis, obviously.  Some of this debate is Black/White some of the concern/dislike about Serena's body is based on a cultural ideal of beauty that Serena clearly does not fit.  Sexism is a big part of this Roddick is playing at around 192 he played most of his career at close to 210, where were the articles about 'blubber?'  Anyone who plays tennis at the very highest levels is in a category of physical condition we can only imagine, but are there players who skate by on raw talent when they could be even better?  Yes and that is where perhaps the focus should have remained. 

7/9/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Pat wrote:
For the record, 99% of overweight people could lose weight over time with proper diet and exercise. I'm not sure that a black person could do the same and suddenly turn white. So I'll just go right out and say that it's not even remotely the same as making fun of him being black.

I did ask myself it was too soo- we'll see. Check this video out- http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7661095487366390191
I don't think diet and exercise was what was employed here. This is the face I became a fan of over 35 years ago


More evidenceI was still a fan, but becoming very concerned
And the final stages: By this point I felt only sadness.Suddenly no, but he did turn White, hating Joe so much he erased him from his face

7/9/09   |   jess_tee

there's no need for her to slim down. look, it's pretty obvious that she can maneuver her body in court. unless she's aiming to pose for playboy mag, then there is a need for her to do it.

7/8/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

elevenbravo138again wrote:
If Ms. Morissette she'd no doubt note, "Isn't it Ironic;" Jason Whitlock writes a column that while there are some valid points, makes the error of being insensitive with regard to body image  .  Then he receives criticism that while it contains some valid points, is VERY insensitive with regard to body image.  And while bulimia and anorexia are not typically big problems for sportswriters, both are open secrets in the world of women's tennis.  

Really? I did not know that bulimia was a problem on the tour. This will sound very insensitive and sexist ( I hope most people know my rep on the Q and know that's not me) but I find that per capita, the WTA is not in as good a shape as the men's tour. It's just reality for whatever reason.

7/8/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Thanks Fred, for one of the more mature posts I have seen in awhile.  Obviously not what I was looking for when it came to this article, all of these people taking cheap shots at Whitlock when the article is about Serena Williams.  If I could give you 100 of these I would.
(Edited by elevenbravo138again)

If Ms. Morissette she'd no doubt note, "Isn't it Ironic;" Jason Whitlock writes a column that while there are some valid points, makes the error of being insensitive with regard to body image  .  Then he receives criticism that while it contains some valid points, is VERY insensitive with regard to body image.  And while bulimia and anorexia are not typically big problems for sportswriters, both are open secrets in the world of women's tennis.  

7/8/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

wrote:
 Serena is definately much heavier than she used to be, but she knows now that Henin is retired, Sharapova pretty much out of the picture she does not have to stay in the apex of shape to defeat the WTA players out there. Jankovich and Ivanovich have never really panned out as perennial contenders and Vladasova the same. Safina in a Grand Slam final against either Williams Sister is a mismatch. They are both bigger and stronger and are both jerks as well.
 I am no fan of either Williams sister, but that is mainly due to their arrogance and how they make excuses and whine like babies when they do lose, and never give credit to the players who have beat them. I would never take anything away from Serena and her accomplishments, but the WTA players just aren't as imposing as they were 2 or 3 years ago. The WTA looked like it was getting stronger and had some real developing stars, but they have since regressed and it is pretty much a cakewalk for the Williams Sisters.
 Perhaps one day they will show some class and be good winners as well as classy losers, but I doubt it. As far as Serena's weight, yes she is too heavy for her old outfits, but she wins so why change anything?

Are you comparing Serena now vs. Serena three or four years ago? or Serena now vs. 9 years ago?...because Serena is DEFINITELY in better shape than she was about 4 years ago...She had gotten probably into the 200's,... if not...DANG close////////////////////I was going to write an article for faniq.com that would have been similar to Whitlock's (my God, did I just say that!) but without the snarky potshots at her weight. If Serena would have stayed as committed to tennis as she has been in this last calendar year she would have won AT LEAST three more majors...at LEAST

7/8/09   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

doc34 wrote:
Most women tennis players are smaller then both sisters. The sisters look like middle line backers and not tennis players you don't have to be 250lbs to be on steroids. Why do you think they serve at 90 plus miles an hour when other women don't . If not for the Williams sisters serves they wouldn't be in the finals all the time. America needs to get some beautiful women not women that look like men.  Our womens tennis looks more like Africa then America . Like the tennis player from Australia said we got the women whom dikes out of the sport all accept America we still have ours.

Man... you got deeper issues than I thought. I doubt you will be able to share Whitlock's mirror!

7/8/09   |   doc34   |   34 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
Venus looks like she's on steroids??? uh as was pointed out: She's 6'1" and weighs MAYBE 158 lbs...skinny is what most people would say. btw, I haven't seen too many males that could fill out 38DD bra and still have a 29 inch waist like Serena does
(Edited by doc34)

Most women tennis players are smaller then both sisters. The sisters look like middle line backers and not tennis players you don't have to be 250lbs to be on steroids. Why do you think they serve at 90 plus miles an hour when other women don't . If not for the Williams sisters serves they wouldn't be in the finals all the time. America needs to get some beautiful women not women that look like men.  Our womens tennis looks more like Africa then America . Like the tennis player from Australia said we got the women whom dikes out of the sport all accept America we still have ours.

7/8/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
crap...I was following his diet plan...no wonder I gained 20 pounds this week. Maybe I compete in women's tennis now.

That both disturbs and confuses me in so many ways...But laughs were involved as well so you get a gold star :)

7/8/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
" ...And how in the hell is he a health guru??" 

That's the joke.  If you read the title and know of Jason Whitlock, you should be able to detect the sarcasm :)

crap...I was following his diet plan...no wonder I gained 20 pounds this week. Maybe I compete in women's tennis now.

7/8/09   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

fred77008 wrote:
OK.  Truce.

I see your point. 

I've just seen so much hatred down here maybe I am overly sensitive about the subject of prejudice in any form.  Besides, my mom was obese.  It was a tremendous struggle.

I have lived in the "Dirty South" since '88.  You do not lie about the bigotry, racism and prejudice that exist in the south.  Being a multi-cultural child that was not of any of the mainstream faiths and overweight.  I never stood a chance.  My wife being a Physician Assistant and working in Endocrinology.  She sees the effects of obesity every damn day.  I hear stories every day.  When she worked at a community clinic, her patients were 95% minorities and were the poorest of the poor.  Obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, blood pressure, cholesterol...... Every day she had to determine was condition was not going to kill them that day.  Sucked to think that people had to live like that. 

7/8/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Pat wrote:
The difference is this:
Hispanics are born Hispanic, and couldn't change it even if they wanted to.
People not born in the South were just not born in the South, and nothing will ever change that.
Black people were born black, and couldn't change it even if they wanted to.

And as I previously stated, the vast majority of overweight people could lose weight if they really made an effort to do so. So while I agree that it's not right to just arbitrarily criticize someone's weight, I think that if someone as overweight as Whitlock brings someone's "fat" into play, then he is fair game.

"Black people were born black, and couldn't change it even if they wanted to."

I have a bad Michael Jackson joke for that, but will hold back in both respect and good taste.

But good points to you and to Fred, I didn't like the direction most of these comments were going.

7/8/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Serena fat? Are you dadburncottonpickin' kidding me? Whitlock is way off on this. Serena is in great shape, even when she's naked.

7/8/09   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

Pat wrote:
The difference is this:
Hispanics are born Hispanic, and couldn't change it even if they wanted to.
People not born in the South were just not born in the South, and nothing will ever change that.
Black people were born black, and couldn't change it even if they wanted to.

And as I previously stated, the vast majority of overweight people could lose weight if they really made an effort to do so. So while I agree that it's not right to just arbitrarily criticize someone's weight, I think that if someone as overweight as Whitlock brings someone's "fat" into play, then he is fair game.

OK.  Truce.

I see your point. 

I've just seen so much hatred down here maybe I am overly sensitive about the subject of prejudice in any form.  Besides, my mom was obese.  It was a tremendous struggle.

7/8/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

fred77008 wrote:
I took issue with the comments in this thread when I attacked the weight prejudice, some of them are downright cruel.

Living in the south I see prejudice at work every day, against blacks, against Hispanics, even against people who simply weren't born in the South.  There is no place for it in today's world.

Perhaps my comments were too strong, but prejudice makes me angry and takes the world backwards. 

And I have only tasted a bit of it since I am a fit, white male.  See.

The difference is this:
Hispanics are born Hispanic, and couldn't change it even if they wanted to.
People not born in the South were just not born in the South, and nothing will ever change that.
Black people were born black, and couldn't change it even if they wanted to.

And as I previously stated, the vast majority of overweight people could lose weight if they really made an effort to do so. So while I agree that it's not right to just arbitrarily criticize someone's weight, I think that if someone as overweight as Whitlock brings someone's "fat" into play, then he is fair game.

7/8/09   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

sportsgnork wrote:
Whitlock is being made fun of because he called out an athlete who is ripped, mind you, and said she had some blubber.  Her "fat" is fitter that most people on this site.  The problem with his story is that he should have stayed away from the weight issue entirely due to his own weight issue. 

He is media and if he can dish it, he sure as hell better be prepared to take it otherwise he needs to turn in his media credentials and find another job.   A few have stated that the weight issue as not necessary in his story, they are correct.  The rest of the story was pretty good considering his past work.  He set himself up for it and should have seen it coming. 

I took issue with the comments in this thread when I attacked the weight prejudice, some of them are downright cruel.

Living in the south I see prejudice at work every day, against blacks, against Hispanics, even against people who simply weren't born in the South.  There is no place for it in today's world.

Perhaps my comments were too strong, but prejudice makes me angry and takes the world backwards. 

And I have only tasted a bit of it since I am a fit, white male.  See.

7/8/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. People are really defending Jason Whitlock against people commenting on his weight, after he ripped one of the best female tennis players ever for being "fat"? Seriously? This is insanity.

7/8/09   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

fred77008 wrote:
You are wrong, Pat.  Prejudice is prejudice.  And ignorance is ignorance.

Whitlock is being made fun of because he called out an athlete who is ripped, mind you, and said she had some blubber.  Her "fat" is fitter that most people on this site.  The problem with his story is that he should have stayed away from the weight issue entirely due to his own weight issue. 

He is media and if he can dish it, he sure as hell better be prepared to take it otherwise he needs to turn in his media credentials and find another job.   A few have stated that the weight issue as not necessary in his story, they are correct.  The rest of the story was pretty good considering his past work.  He set himself up for it and should have seen it coming. 

7/8/09   |   LarryL

Pat wrote:
For the record, 99% of overweight people could lose weight over time with proper diet and exercise. I'm not sure that a black person could do the same and suddenly turn white. So I'll just go right out and say that it's not even remotely the same as making fun of him being black.

Regardless of circumstance, prejudice is still hateful.  The posts in this column are hateful. 

I could be wrong, but you have probably not experienced much of prejudice being a young caucasian from Care Cod.  Or maybe you just think you are right all of the time.  Either way, I disagree with you.

BTW - I noticed the headline to this piece calling  Whitlock "morbidly-obese" was changed.

7/8/09   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

Pat wrote:
For the record, 99% of overweight people could lose weight over time with proper diet and exercise. I'm not sure that a black person could do the same and suddenly turn white. So I'll just go right out and say that it's not even remotely the same as making fun of him being black.
(Edited by fred77008)

You are wrong, Pat.  Prejudice is prejudice.  And ignorance is ignorance.

7/8/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Lots of these tennis prodigies have burned out, so Whitlock is off-base.  The Williams sisters will have more Grand Slams than anyone of their generation, and have a life.   

7/8/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

fred77008 wrote:
This post is pathetic.  Making fun of Whitlock because of his weight is prejudice just the same as making fun of him because he is black.  Or the same as him making fun of Williams because she is huge.

Some of you should go back and look at your posts.

Do you know no one who struggles with weight?  Your girlfriend, your wife, your sister, your mom?  Would you say the same to them?

For the record, 99% of overweight people could lose weight over time with proper diet and exercise. I'm not sure that a black person could do the same and suddenly turn white. So I'll just go right out and say that it's not even remotely the same as making fun of him being black.

7/8/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

Meanwhile Whitlock keeps getting upstaged by those fit, sexy dudes Bill Simmons and Peter King. Lose some weight, Whitlock, and maybe you'll get a cushy ESPN or SI column.

7/8/09   |   crash78

Whitlock wrote that Serena (whom I love by the way) has a "layer of thick muscled blubber". Is it just me or is it impossible to put muscle on blubber anyway? He's way off the mark again which makes him par for the course.

7/8/09   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

I don't make fun of persons who are overweight, period. I grew up fat and still am fat.  What I don't like are overweight folks who don't take responsibility for themselves and get off their asses and try!  Fat people like myself will never have perfect bodies, ever.  But that does not mean you cannot be healthy.  There are many factors that can get in the way of a person succeeding, all of them legit.  The question is, what is your motiviation?  What has to happen before you decide to change?  Does Mr. Whitlock have to a quadruple bypass, then find out he has diabetes?  Then my wife has to teach him how to use a sliding scale of insulin.  Then he is screwed. 

7/8/09   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

TheRoss wrote:
I hear ya, and mostly agree. As a fatass myself, I try not to criticize other people's weight, because who am I to say anything? While being fat shouldn't exclude someone's opinion, it does make you vulnerable to backlash. If the article didn't have anything to do with weight, then bringing it up would be completely irrelevant.

He should have never brought weight into the issue as I said in a previous post.  He didn't need to bring it up, but he did to get attention to the article.  He actually makes a great point about her attitude and lack of focus.  Should have left the weight issue out completely especially since he is a fat ass. 

Oh, yes, I am a fat ass.  I work out 5 days a week weights and an hour of cardio.  Ms. Williams can run circles around that.  I don't think Mr. Whitlock can say the same. 

7/8/09   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

okay this guy is dumb or has never seen her play...she isn't my cup of tea either but she is not fat by far...muscular and tone...yes but fat...no....maybe he needs to open his eyes a bit and take a look in the mirror and see what fat truly is?

7/8/09   |   truely   |   76 respect

the comparsions to graff are just , one mans trash is another mans treasure , 

7/8/09   |   TheRoss   |   356 respect

fred77008 wrote:
This post is pathetic.  Making fun of Whitlock because of his weight is prejudice just the same as making fun of him because he is black.  Or the same as him making fun of Williams because she is huge.

Some of you should go back and look at your posts.

Do you know no one who struggles with weight?  Your girlfriend, your wife, your sister, your mom?  Would you say the same to them?

I hear ya, and mostly agree. As a fatass myself, I try not to criticize other people's weight, because who am I to say anything? While being fat shouldn't exclude someone's opinion, it does make you vulnerable to backlash. If the article didn't have anything to do with weight, then bringing it up would be completely irrelevant.

7/8/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Whitlock (again) is a dumba$$.

A big fat dumba$$...

7/8/09   |   dragn_lover

3of 4 grand slam titles and 11 titles not bad for an "underachiever" she must be doing something right. she knows where & when to play. and she is beautiful just the way she is.
I don't agree with mr whitlocks article....but he has a right to state his opinion.
he should have talked about other things than her weight

7/8/09   |   pizzlewizzle   |   224 respect

A$$ gets a lot of attention doesn't it? She got a lot of A$$!

7/8/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

fred77008 wrote:
This post is pathetic.  Making fun of Whitlock because of his weight is prejudice just the same as making fun of him because he is black.  Or the same as him making fun of Williams because she is huge.

Some of you should go back and look at your posts.

Do you know no one who struggles with weight?  Your girlfriend, your wife, your sister, your mom?  Would you say the same to them?

Thanks Fred, for one of the more mature posts I have seen in awhile.  Obviously not what I was looking for when it came to this article, all of these people taking cheap shots at Whitlock when the article is about Serena Williams.  If I could give you 100 of these I would.

7/8/09   |   SoCalSmokinOkie   |   1 respect

Hell, I'm surprised Whitlock has the strength to drag his fat ass out of bed in the morning.

7/8/09   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

This post is pathetic.  Making fun of Whitlock because of his weight is prejudice just the same as making fun of him because he is black.  Or the same as him making fun of Williams because she is huge.

Some of you should go back and look at your posts.

Do you know no one who struggles with weight?  Your girlfriend, your wife, your sister, your mom?  Would you say the same to them?

7/8/09   |   tre_bomber03   |   3 respect

wrote:
Wait, Whitlock is not comparing his physique to Serena's. He is questioning whether she is getting the best out of her God-given talent. The equivalent article about Whitlock is whether he is getting the best out of his God-given skill, which I assume to be writing.

Personally, I find it hard to believe that anyone's body type or weight would exclude them from criticizing an athlete. That's like saying that you can't criticize a coach unless you have coached. Or you can't criticize an athlete unless you have played the sport they play, at the level they play.

Now on to his argument. I think its fair to say that Serena has underachieved. There is a reason that she is not the #1 tennis player in the world, and its not just the flawed ranking system.

Serena should be the Tiger Woods of Tennis. Instead she is satisfied with jsut winning here and there, and filling in the rest with other interests. Her choice, but still one that she open's herself up to criticism

 It's like saying you can't criticize a writer unless you are a writer.  Oh wait......that's like 95% of the repsonses to this article.  My bad.

In all seriousness, the love of the game is part of an athlete's makeup.  If they have outstanding talent but don't love the game, it would be like a person with OK talent that absolutely loves the game.  You can't teach either one. You have skill or you don't.  You love the game or you don't.  The players that have infereior skill, but have greater passion should be praised.  But that doens't mean that Serena should be criticized.

BTW...I'd tap that fat booty in a heart-beat.

Serena...not Whitlock.

7/7/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

doc34 wrote:
To me her and her sister look like there on steroids. She isn't fat but her body looks like a males. You look at all the other countries  women  tennis players and there beautiful but Americas women don't fair well. I would love to see some beautiful women on our side.

Venus looks like she's on steroids??? uh as was pointed out: She's 6'1" and weighs MAYBE 158 lbs...skinny is what most people would say. btw, I haven't seen too many males that could fill out 38DD bra and still have a 29 inch waist like Serena does

7/7/09   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

doc34 wrote:
To me her and her sister look like there on steroids. She isn't fat but her body looks like a males. You look at all the other countries  women  tennis players and there beautiful but Americas women don't fair well. I would love to see some beautiful women on our side.
(Edited by Thinkaboutit)

If you are looking for that "beautiful" player, you might want to join Whitlock and look into his mirror.

7/7/09   |   doc34   |   34 respect

To me her and her sister look like there on steroids. She isn't fat but her body looks like a males. You look at all the other countries  women  tennis players and there beautiful but Americas women don't fair well. I would love to see some beautiful women on our side.

7/7/09   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

(Edited by Thinkaboutit)

 
Hey Whitlock...Look cause you can't touch!!

7/7/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Here's something that Whitlock forgot to point out.... Serena is more recognizable than Steffi Graf, and has made more money than Graf.  I bet that when 85% of people looked at a picture of Steffi Graf and Serena they'd say, "Is that Tucan Sam with Serena Williams?" and not even know it's "the Greatest Women's Tennis Player ever"

Not only does/did she have a design contract with Nike, but she has her own clothing company, a contract with Gatorade, and has some acting credentials..... she took some time off of the thing she does best (tennis) so she could persue some of her other interests when those opprotunities arose, how is that any of Whitlock's buisness.  He should take a page from Serena and start training for next years Hot Dog eating contest instead of writing articles bashing people and playing the tired-ass 'race card'

7/7/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Not sure how the rest of you feel about Whitlock aside from the negative comments pertaining to his stance here, but I think he is great for sports and for the failing entity that is print media.  I think he goes over the top a little too often, but he also goes against the grain to create discussion in topics that usually wouldn't be talked about.  Sure this seems like a bit of unfair criticism at Serena, but as a black woman representing the sport of tennis for both women and the black community, Whitlock maybe feels as though she could provide a better representation for both demographics.  Just my two cents on his point of view...

I personally wouldn't mind if he choked on a rib bone or a buffalo wing...... the world would be a better place if people like this would a) shut their friggin' mouths.... just because there is freedom of press doesn't mean that everything that is said should be heard by everyone, especially the type of drivel that he writes; and b) stop breeding!!!!

7/7/09   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

elevenbravo138again wrote:
Remember the way Whitlock  went after 'Scoop' Jackson?  In terms of attitude Serena is very much the child of Richard Williams, I actually think that the Williams sisters having lives and interests away from tennis is a good thing but it's undeniable that they don't always work as hard on their games as they could.

even a blind squirrel finds a nut......  I agree that the Williams sisters tend to be disinterested at times.  I actually like what Richard has done.  He took two of his daughters from Compton, CA to Wimbledon.  His methods may have been crude, his attitude piss poor and his daughters products of his system.  But one thing that no one can take away from him, including whitlock, is the fact that he predicted that his girls would be #1 and #2 in the same year in a country club sport nonetheless. 

7/7/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

snbslugger wrote:
Oh god, Serena, ignore this man.  Don't change a single thing.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  I'd let her treat me like the pig that I am, and she would probably hurt me, and I would love every minute of it.

Join the line, it forms on the right!  By the way Venus weighs 169 but it's stretched over a 6'1" frame Serena's weight fluctuates from as low as 148 to up around 163, but she's 'only' 5' 9 1/2."  

7/7/09   |   snbslugger

Oh god, Serena, ignore this man.  Don't change a single thing.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  I'd let her treat me like the pig that I am, and she would probably hurt me, and I would love every minute of it.

7/7/09   |   dantejudebucci

 he's just jealous that he doesn't have a body like her

7/7/09   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Not sure how the rest of you feel about Whitlock aside from the negative comments pertaining to his stance here, but I think he is great for sports and for the failing entity that is print media.  I think he goes over the top a little too often, but he also goes against the grain to create discussion in topics that usually wouldn't be talked about.  Sure this seems like a bit of unfair criticism at Serena, but as a black woman representing the sport of tennis for both women and the black community, Whitlock maybe feels as though she could provide a better representation for both demographics.  Just my two cents on his point of view...
(Edited by Thinkaboutit)

Whitlock is crap! We all thought that when Venus debuted in 1994 she would dethrone Graf. Venus didn't quite deliver. Venus is what...5'8  and weighs 58 lbs? Why hasn't she delivered? Serena's weight is not the issue. Serena and Venus have shown the women around the world that you can be successful at 58 lbs or 170 lbs. Together they have combined for 18 Grand Slam singles titles...9 doubles. For the Williamses household, that's an accomplishment!!

7/7/09   |   kwheels

whitlock is an idiot.at no point did i agree with anything he said.but thats tha great thing about sports everybody has their own opinion.

7/7/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

sportsgnork wrote:
Good points.  I think her body is fantastic the way it is.  In fact she definitely gives women of color who have some squish and booty a bit of  confidence to go out there and be proud of who they are especially in athletics. 

It cannot be denied that in the sports world, the thinner the better when it comes to women's sports. The woman has a booty and real curves, so what?!  I think he could have bypassed her physique and actually stayed with her attitude. That is the real story, not her size.  She has a piss poor attitude at times and never gives her opponents credit for wins against her.  She always states that she beat herself.  BS!  Whitlock once again attacks one of his own in the inappropriate way, by not actually focusing on the main issue but by instead grabbing headlines with calling her out on her body and then making a great point about her attitude. 

This has been my biggest pet peeve with him. Stop using the race card and the double-standard behind it at your will.  Write the story and stay on point. 

Remember the way Whitlock  went after 'Scoop' Jackson?  In terms of attitude Serena is very much the child of Richard Williams, I actually think that the Williams sisters having lives and interests away from tennis is a good thing but it's undeniable that they don't always work as hard on their games as they could.

7/7/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
" ...And how in the hell is he a health guru??" 

That's the joke.  If you read the title and know of Jason Whitlock, you should be able to detect the sarcasm :)
(Edited by elevenbravo138again)

Hard as it is to imagine Whiltlock was a very fine athlete, a part-time starter at OT at Ball State, he projected to OG a the next level, and as a writer he can be amongst the very best, but like Serena Williams he occasionally lets the pursuit of celebrity status interfere with his top-notch talent and I admire his stand he took that got him fired from ESPN. 

7/7/09   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Not sure how the rest of you feel about Whitlock aside from the negative comments pertaining to his stance here, but I think he is great for sports and for the failing entity that is print media.  I think he goes over the top a little too often, but he also goes against the grain to create discussion in topics that usually wouldn't be talked about.  Sure this seems like a bit of unfair criticism at Serena, but as a black woman representing the sport of tennis for both women and the black community, Whitlock maybe feels as though she could provide a better representation for both demographics.  Just my two cents on his point of view...

Good points.  I think her body is fantastic the way it is.  In fact she definitely gives women of color who have some squish and booty a bit of  confidence to go out there and be proud of who they are especially in athletics. 

It cannot be denied that in the sports world, the thinner the better when it comes to women's sports. The woman has a booty and real curves, so what?!  I think he could have bypassed her physique and actually stayed with her attitude. That is the real story, not her size.  She has a piss poor attitude at times and never gives her opponents credit for wins against her.  She always states that she beat herself.  BS!  Whitlock once again attacks one of his own in the inappropriate way, by not actually focusing on the main issue but by instead grabbing headlines with calling her out on her body and then making a great point about her attitude. 

This has been my biggest pet peeve with him. Stop using the race card and the double-standard behind it at your will.  Write the story and stay on point. 

7/7/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Not sure how the rest of you feel about Whitlock aside from the negative comments pertaining to his stance here, but I think he is great for sports and for the failing entity that is print media.  I think he goes over the top a little too often, but he also goes against the grain to create discussion in topics that usually wouldn't be talked about.  Sure this seems like a bit of unfair criticism at Serena, but as a black woman representing the sport of tennis for both women and the black community, Whitlock maybe feels as though she could provide a better representation for both demographics.  Just my two cents on his point of view...

7/7/09   |   lleedubb   |   32 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
" ...And how in the hell is he a health guru??" 

That's the joke.  If you read the title and know of Jason Whitlock, you should be able to detect the sarcasm :)

AWWW ...OKAY,  I USUALLY ,ALWAYS CATCH  SARCASM, BUT I THINK MY RUSH TO DEFEND MY WOMAN CLOUDED MY THOUGHTS!!  THANKS BUDDY! 

7/7/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Also, Whitlock may want to pick a better time to pick on Serena.  She currently holds 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles.  She might pick and choose to play when she wants to, but she's choosing the right tournaments.

7/7/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

11 Grand Slams is pretty good for an underachiever. But yeah, she could be better.

7/7/09   |   Bashfulblue   |   7 respect

Maybe he need to take his own advice...slim down

7/7/09   |   Dream_Machine   |   13158 respect

(Edited by Dream_Machine)

He Sure Is Good At His Job When Trying To Create Controversy With His Writing...What A Loser...

7/7/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

" ...And how in the hell is he a health guru??" 

That's the joke.  If you read the title and know of Jason Whitlock, you should be able to detect the sarcasm :)

7/7/09   |   lleedubb   |   32 respect

He reminds me of  the fat kid in high school who couldn't  get  noticed by the thick ,sexy ,cool chicks. This guy, ( who is a true fat-ass if i've ever seen one) would give his extra chin to even get a whiff of that chocolate muffin!! He needs to bow down to the Queen of Tennis and shut the hell up!! ...And how in the hell is he a health guru?? 

7/7/09   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

(Edited by Thinkaboutit)

Jason said that Serena is not his type. Sure, i concur. Jason's type is in his mirror. He's got a face only he could love!

7/7/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Whitlock (again) is a dumba$$.