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  1. davka
    davka June 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |

    Oh my- the violence and hatred in those comments is so obvious and sick- it made my stomach turn with that oh god feeling which comes upon me when i get assaulted with the realization that there is nowhere safe in this world for women. Anna Kournikova is a tennis player and that is all most of the world knows about her. Why should we know anything else but her skill and talent and record of wins/losses? To bring up her intelligence in the way he did, to reference her body and what he is going to do to it- I just can’t believe that men haven’t at least learned to hide their vile woman-hating in more subtle language.

    I hope she kicks the shit out of him and walks away without a sweat, smiling in the sun for the photographers.

    Ugh. I just woke up and read this and now I am so angry I don’t need any coffee to get my day going.

  2. C.Sykes
    C.Sykes June 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |

    I just sent an email to the Tennis Channel…”Is this for real? And if so, HAS THIS MAN BEEN FIRED?

    I’m so sick of women being the last group that can be publicly treated like this….

  3. davka
    davka June 21, 2008 at 4:46 pm |

    damn right. if you follow the link and read the other things he said- it’s like unreal that he can say these things and the sportswriter doesn’t say, “this man is unacceptable” he says something to the effect of this being a hot competition and all the tennis lovers should stay tuned for more! he is threatening physical violence against her! He isn’t saying he is going to be ruthless to win the match- he is saying he is going to be ruthless to commit violence against her for the sake of the violence. If I were her I would contact law enforcement, I would refuse to play and tell the tennis channel and whoever else that cares- that the reason I am pulling out is because, as a female player, I don’t feel safe being in the same room with this man who is on the internet posting vile violent threats against me. This is criminal.

  4. davka
    davka June 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm |

    female tennis fans should organize some kind of public display to expose this man and his comments. What’s going to happen on game day when the game can’t even progress because it keeps getting timed out after he is physically assaulting her? Any serious tennis player, if sexism isn’t enough to piss you off, you should at least be pissed off that this guy is violating the honor of the game by blatantly stating that he is going to use the match as way to violently attack her.

  5. Matt
    Matt June 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm |

    As a tennis fan, as a male-feminist, and as a human being I was disgusted and revolted by these comments. Justin Gimelstob is a poison on the tour and needs to be dismissed. This type of talk should not be permitted and I think that not only the Tennis Channel should get rid of him, I think that the WTT, a league founded by a pioneer in women’s tennis and in women’s rights, Billie Jean King, should take a serious look at this and talk about the future of Gimelstob’s hate in the World Team Tennis leauge.

  6. anonymous
    anonymous June 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm |

    This troglodyte was supposedly promoting World Team Tennis run by Billie Jean King. Please add the contacts to WTT which can be found here for people to complain. They can be found here.

    http://www.wtt.com/page.aspx?article_id=6

  7. Kate
    Kate June 21, 2008 at 5:52 pm |

    Please note that the Tennis Channel is sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods (racquet@wilson.com), Tennis Warehouse (info@tennis-warehouse.com ), Tennis Court Online (http://www.tenniscourtonline.com/ContactUs )and IMG Academies (laura.young@imgworld.com) and Lacosta (http://www.lacoste.com/usa/main.html – contact form) to name a few. You should cc e-mails to them as well as the tennis channel.

  8. evil fizz
    evil fizz June 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    Here’s my e-mail to them:

    I have to admit, I am more than a little alarmed by Justin Gimelstob’s recent remarks which appeared in a Washington Post blog post. [link] Mr. Gimelstob’s remarks go well beyond what I would consider par for the course trash-talking. It’s crass, overtly sexualized, misogynistic, and appalling. If it is genuinely beyond him to speak to journalists about the game in a way that doesn’t invoke sexual violence, then perhaps he shouldn’t be a part of it.

  9. Diane
    Diane June 21, 2008 at 6:02 pm |

    FYI: Gimelstob also represents Tennis Warehouse.

  10. Lottie
    Lottie June 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm |

    Good grief! This guy’s a real piece of… work. I’ll definitely send and email and cc to the contacts Kate provided.

  11. Natalia
    Natalia June 21, 2008 at 7:52 pm |

    WOW.

    I’ve e-mailed.

  12. Pipkin
    Pipkin June 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm |

    I emailed. What a fucktard.

  13. Diane
    Diane June 21, 2008 at 8:08 pm |

    evil fizz, your letter is really good because it acknowledges that it is trash talk. I have already been told that I “don’t get it” and it’s “just trash talk” and I have “fallen for it.” What trash talk (a juvenile activity) does, of course, is to normalize hate speech. The thing is–as I pointed out to someone–if Gimelstob had said “I’m going to lynch this stupid n_gger,” he would have already been fired (as he should be). But since he is attacking a woman, it’s no big deal. Gimselstobe has a long history of contempt for women, so I’m not totally convinced this is all so-called trash talk, anyway.

  14. bill
    bill June 21, 2008 at 9:37 pm |

    I don’t think he’s a real asshole. Perhaps, with self improvement courses, he could graduate up to that level, but not quite yet. In the meantime, I hope that she smears him.

  15. Hugo
    Hugo June 21, 2008 at 10:45 pm |

    Email sent, and what Matt (#5) said.

  16. DoryO
    DoryO June 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm |

    He already knows his comments will anger his father and uncle — his whole family and agent. But he assumes they’ll get over it and forgive him in a couple weeks. And he admits he said these things to get “ratings” for the radio show he was on…he obviously knows what sells, what gets the attention of the sports fanboys. And he knows it’s not going to be “OK” with most of the people he actually respects. Pathetic.

  17. erica
    erica June 22, 2008 at 12:07 am |

    This post brought on several thoughts:

    1.) As moronic as it sounds, its weird to think of msyogny in tennis. I mean, basketball and football–where mammoth human beings whose primary passtime is “pumping iron” and pumping steroids, sure. But TENNIS? Besides figure skating, thats got to win second place for the “most-likely-to-be-feminist” award. But i guess ive learned that even men in white daisy-duke shorts and sweatbands can be assholish.

    2.) I now hate tennis, even though i once loved it.

    3.) I will send a particularly snarky email in several different forms.

    4.) This is a fucking great blog.

  18. shellie
    shellie June 22, 2008 at 12:26 am |

    Justin’s “studly younger brother” actually killed a guy in a drunk driving accident on a college campus a few years ago. Sounds like Asshole Syndrome runs in that family.

  19. Aura Kitten
    Aura Kitten June 22, 2008 at 4:06 am |

    * e-mail sent *

    I’m stunned almost beyond the capacity for rational response. :: gag ::
    Thanks for the heads-up. grrrr

  20. Kelli Busey
    Kelli Busey June 22, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    Who does this person think he is? And why does he believe he can talk to people like that? I’lll email, you betcha.

  21. bastard.logic
    bastard.logic June 22, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    Wanker of the day (Atrios who? Is Internet tradition.)…

    by matttbastard

    “She’s a [bleep],” Gimelstob said of Anna, using a word that rhymes with “kitsch. “We’re gonna kick her [bleep],” he added, using a word that almost rhymes with “kastle.”
    [...]
    “W…

  22. Tina Sokol
    Tina Sokol June 22, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    Who does he think he is??

    He actually THINKS he’s a “man”. In this he is no different from all of the little boys pretending to be “men”.

    This worship of reckless, irresponsible, children pretending to be “men” is disgusting. Now, little boys in big bodies think it’s “macho” to beat up on women.

    He is threatening violence against a specific woman and seems to see it as a “positive”.

    This goes well beyond merely being an “asshole” – heck, these days just about all men are that.

  23. Tina Sokol
    Tina Sokol June 22, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    Perhaps he should meet Tonya Harding — she is just about his equivalent — don’t you yhink?

  24. Lottie
    Lottie June 22, 2008 at 11:04 am |

    This goes well beyond merely being an “asshole” – heck, these days just about all men are that.

    I know you said “just about all”, but I still take issue with this comment. Would it be acceptable for a man to say, “Just about all women are bitches”? I don’t think so. And I don’t see how your statement about men is any better.

  25. Roxie
    Roxie June 22, 2008 at 11:24 am |

    “We’re gonna kick her [bleep],” he added, using a word that almost rhymes with “kastle.”

    Wait…what the hell rhymes with “kastle”? Asstle? Am I pronouncing it incorrectly.

    /ot

    I haven’t always spoken favorably of Anna, but this guy is beyond the pale. I’m sending this link around as well as sending an e-mail.

  26. Bitter Scribe
    Bitter Scribe June 22, 2008 at 12:18 pm |

    If Anna Kournikova gave this shithead the time of day, he’d be slavering like a dog.

  27. exholt
    exholt June 22, 2008 at 12:28 pm |

    If Anna Kournikova gave this shithead the time of day, he’d be slavering like a dog.

    If she does decide to take him on in a tennis match, she should consider smashing that ball straight into his mouth…..

  28. Lottie
    Lottie June 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm |

    Wait…what the hell rhymes with “kastle”? Asstle? Am I pronouncing it incorrectly.

    He said it almost rhymes with “kastle”. I’m guessing he means the first syllable. I don’t know why he had to be so cryptic, though. Just say “ass”! Ha!

  29. BruceJ
    BruceJ June 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    Hmmm, per Wikipedia:

    Justin’s lifetime record: Singles: 106W-168L, highest world ranking 68. Doubles: 171W-154L, highest world ranking 18.

    Anna’s lifetime record: Singles: 209W-129L, highest world ranking 8. Doubles: 200W-71L, highest world ranking 1.

    When you can’t beat them on talent, you gotta try something else. He’s a second or third-rate tennis player trying to pretend he’s something better.

    If she does decide to take him on in a tennis match, she should consider smashing that ball straight into his mouth…..

    I actually think that she should aim somewhat lower…hitting him in the head wouldn’t damage anything valuable.

  30. Mike
    Mike June 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm |

    If she does decide to take him on in a tennis match, she should consider smashing that ball straight into his mouth…..

    I actually think that she should aim somewhat lower…hitting him in the head wouldn’t damage anything valuable.

    Way to go on that moral superiority, peeps.

  31. Marksman2000
    Marksman2000 June 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |

    106 wins and 168 losses in singles? This guy is a loser.

    That’s not my opinion, either–it’s fact.

  32. Kyra
    Kyra June 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |

    Way to go on that moral superiority, peeps.

    Thank you! Although it’s really not that difficult; all you need to do is channel your violent urges to people who have revealed themselves to be assholes, rather than viciously singling out people who are just doing their jobs, as the asshole in question has just done.

  33. B Moe
    B Moe June 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |

    Trash talking in professional sports? Oh my God! What is the world coming to!

  34. Charity
    Charity June 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm |

    “I wouldn’t mind having my younger brother, who’s kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits of that.“

    Yeah, B Moe, that’s TOTALLY along the lines of the trash talking male athletes do about other male athletes. Except, it’s not.

    Also, PS – in case you missed it, this is TENNIS. Decidedly NOT known for trash-talking (let alone the likes of “bitch” and “douche”), and in fact known for the opposite – standards of graciousness and decorum on and off the court. Serena Williams got raked over the coals in the media for not giving an interview after a match once. I’ve followed tennis for a while and have never heard the likes of comments like these.

  35. Charity
    Charity June 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm |

    PPS – here is something Justin Gimelstob wrote in 2005 on his SI blog. He’s been super classy for a while now, apparently. With no apparent repercussions.

    However, one of the benefits of having the women around is the ever-increasing desire for each and every young sassy player trying to outdo — or in this case, under-dress — the next.

    My prediction? Pretty soon the WTA practice courts, and maybe even the match courts, will resemble a women’s volleyball court, with g-strings and bikinis being the only logical next step. Not that I’m complaining, or even think that wouldn’t be a valuable marketing tool. But I’d like to recommend to players both female and male, and even coaches out on the practice courts: If you resemble a beached whale, keep your gear on!

    Another dynamic I find interesting is the players’ lounges at joint events. In these player-exclusive hangouts, you’ll find two groups of women: On one side you have the WTA players, many of whom are very attractive and in great shape. Unfortunately for them, they have to share the space with the most beautiful one percent of female creatures on the planet: men’s players’ girlfriends and wives.

    It’s an unfair competition when you have the girlfriends showing up looking like they’re ready to stroll down a runway. Meanwhile, you’ve got the female players hanging out in tennis gear, dripping sweat from their practices and matches. We all know women are competitive creatures, and even I have some sympathy for the players who have to deal with the “glamour girls” whenever they turn the corner.

  36. B Moe
    B Moe June 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm |

    Yeah, B Moe, that’s TOTALLY along the lines of the trash talking male athletes do about other male athletes. Except, it’s not.

    And your experience playing male sports is? I have had sex acts threatened to me by other football players that would probably make young Master Gimelstob crap his pants. The NBA, or the WNBA, for that matter, have even worse reputations. And Jill’s post wasn’t couched in terms of the violation of decorum tennis usually observes, it was the nasty misogynist violating the delicate flower of womanhood.

    If you can’t take the heat, get back in the kitchen.

  37. Mnemosyne
    Mnemosyne June 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm |

    Trash talking in professional sports? Oh my God! What is the world coming to!

    Yeah, remember during the Lakers vs. Celtics series that just ended when Kevin Garnett said, ” “I have no attraction to Kobe Bryant, because he’s such a douche….I really have no interest in him. I wouldn’t mind having my younger brother, who’s kind of a stud, nail him and then reap the benefits of that.“

    Yep, just plain, ordinary ol’ sports trash talk just like the male players say about each other. Nothing to see here, move along now.

  38. Mike
    Mike June 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm |

    Thank you! Although it’s really not that difficult; all you need to do is channel your violent urges to people who have revealed themselves to be assholes, rather than viciously singling out people who are just doing their jobs, as the asshole in question has just done.

    Oh, OK. Then you’re an asshole, and I’m going to kick you in the head. You cool with that?

    Asshole is not an objective measurement. You don’t get to claim moral superiority by aping the behaviour of those you decry as morally inferior, either.

    Incidentally, what is it with people that they don’t get this? It’s that same thinking which has led to such gems as “We need to spy on people to protect their privacy!” and “We need to have the PATRIOT Act to protect the Constitution!”. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong; it doesn’t become right just because YOU do it.

  39. Diane
    Diane June 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm |

    I am opposed to trash talk because it further normalizes hate speech. But putting that aside, and within an alleged context of “acceptable trash talk,” gender insults, racial insults, etc. are still over the line.

    And the idea of legitimizing something because it exists is grounded in irrationality (in that it begs the question) and moral laziness, not to mention a suspicious desire for the things to stay the same. Now we are left with “If you can’t tolerate attacks made on your gender (race, etc.), then you have no business playing sports. Actually, sports participation is supposed to create exactly the OPPOSITE of that type of behavior.

  40. B Moe
    B Moe June 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    He is a two bit punk trying to gain a psychological advantage because he knows he is outgunned, and you guys are helping him. Women trash talk women, nobody cares, men trash talk men, nobody cares, but in one of the only sports where men and women compete equally, a man trash talks a woman, and you all go ballistic, just like he wants. Martina would have shoved a racquet up his ass. Sideways.

  41. Men
    Men June 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm |

    Concern trolling since the beginning of time.

  42. Charity
    Charity June 22, 2008 at 5:55 pm |

    I think he’s a protein wisdomite, actually.

  43. Fez von Ford
    Fez von Ford June 22, 2008 at 6:56 pm |

    #37 Mnemosyne says:

    Yeah, remember during the Lakers vs. Celtics series that just ended when Kevin Garnett said, ” “I have no attraction to Kobe Bryant, because he’s such a douche….I really have no interest in him. I wouldn’t mind having my younger brother, who’s kind of a stud, nail him and then reap the benefits of that.“

    Your analogy might make sense if
    a) KG were gay
    b) Kobe were gay
    c) Kobe left his sport in disgrace to pursue modeling

  44. J.Goff
    J.Goff June 22, 2008 at 7:11 pm |

    B Moe, being a misogynist assclown since the game began.

  45. Dr. Tettrazini
    Dr. Tettrazini June 22, 2008 at 7:19 pm |

    My email to WTT:
    As long as Justin Gimelstob in a member and player of WTT i will boycott any and all WTT events. I am encouraging all my friends and anyone else i may be able to contact to do the same. Justin’s trash talking and neanderthal contempt
    for women is needs to be addressed and he needs to grow up. WTT suffers from this morons actions and is shameful in allowing this to continue.
    Justin is a poor excuse for a man. More of a spiteful brat. Cretin is more like it.
    I am a 62 year old doctor of ethics and in my years of observing sports i have never been so disgusted by the words of anyone as i have been by this sad fool.
    He dishonors tennis and mankind by his awful screeds on his blog and in person
    while playing.

    Dr. Tettrazini. I await your response.

  46. mythago
    mythago June 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm |

    Ah, yes, the old “if you complain about misogyny YOU have the problem” routine. Back under your rock, Moe.

  47. Suki T
    Suki T June 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm |

    If you can’t take the heat, get back in the kitchen.

    Thanks for keeping it classy, b-moe!

    The problem with sexual trash talking in sports is…When “straight” men are saying this stuff to “straight” men, it isn’t a serious threat. However when “straight” men say this crap to women, it is.

    Trash talking is fine as long as it doesn’t cross a line, that line is gender and/or race. There wouldn’t be a discussion if he was threatening to lynch a black player. But sexually threatening a woman is ok?

    I’m a woman who works in a male dominated industry, same as my mother. We have always been treated as equals including the trash-talking and ribbing, but rape threats that are plausible are never seen as ok by anyone.

  48. Charity
    Charity June 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm |

    Not to mention, the example in question didn’t happen “on the court” (not that it would have been any less disgusting there). It happened in an interview. So it’s quite irrelevant, B Moe, what anyone has said to you in some private encounter.

  49. unrelatedwaffle
    unrelatedwaffle June 22, 2008 at 8:48 pm |

    Emailed:

    “Mr. Gimelstob’s comments about Anna Kournikova are completely deplorable and unacceptable. No censure is strong enough for the blatant viciousness and violence of his words, and nothing short of a religious awakening could cleanse that man’s mouth. He doesn’t deserve to be employed by anybody after such a disgusting display, least of all by The Tennis Channel. I hope he doesn’t get off with some lackluster apology, left to make his foul remarks in private.”

    If only “This fuckwad should be thrown under a bus as soon as possible” was a respectable thing to write.

  50. Loren
    Loren June 22, 2008 at 9:12 pm |

    To Mike:

    Screw attempts to claim moral superiority. According to whose moral standards? Yours?

    Every so often, it can help to brandish a weapon in front of a bully and watch him cower. We all learned that on the playground in kindergarten – and as much as we might hope things would change as we become adults, it rarely works out that way. Apparently, Gimelstob was doing what he was told to do in order to increase ratings for his station – so let’s take a look at who’s in whose corner, and the overwhelming backing that Gimelstob has from the mainstream media in his violence. Then we can reassess whether or not it’s really the same for feminists to call for hitting Gimelstob in the mouth.

    About Gimelstob, I have one word: OVERCOMPENSATION.

  51. exholt
    exholt June 22, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    Every so often, it can help to brandish a weapon in front of a bully and watch him cower.

    Sometimes that would work…unfortunately not with the bully I encountered as a second-grader. After countless instances of being racially taunted and beaten by him, the only way he finally relented was for me to start fighting back by stoning him and almost risk being suspended/expelled from my parochial elementary school. The only reason why I was not punished was that the principal was well-aware of the bullying that led up to it and pointedly lectured him and his parents how he had brought that stoning upon himself by bullying others.

  52. Loren
    Loren June 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm |

    True – sometimes the brandished weapon needs to be used to get the full point across.

  53. Chel
    Chel June 22, 2008 at 11:11 pm |

    I emailed and encouraged friends and family to do it too. The more the merrier, cause if he gets fired I’m sure we’ll all be happy.

  54. Diamante
    Diamante June 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm |

    I emailed. What a wackjob. I’d love to shove a ball gag in his mouth and introduce him to my riding crops.

  55. Truth
    Truth June 23, 2008 at 12:09 am |

    Here is a fact: It was Justin’s older brother who had the drunk driving incident, not his younger brother.

    I must say I am surprised by the reaction on this forum. You want equality for women, well Justin was treating Anna as equally as he treats his male competitors – trash talk, body serves, and all that. Talk about a dramatic overreaction from some of you, he never threatened any physical violence against Anna at all, just as Kobe Bryant never threatened the Celtics at all.

    There are real issues out there that women need to be losing sleep over and fighting about, Justin’s long-standing feud with Anna K. is not one of them.

  56. Woozy Snookums
    Woozy Snookums June 23, 2008 at 12:21 am |

    Half my outrage is the writer asking Gimelstob what he’d do if she tried to make a pass at him.

    WTF is that? What kind of professionalism is *that*?

  57. Mnemosyne
    Mnemosyne June 23, 2008 at 12:38 am |

    Your analogy might make sense if
    a) KG were gay
    b) Kobe were gay
    c) Kobe left his sport in disgrace to pursue modeling

    Why does either player have to be gay? Isn’t the point of trash talk to try and humiliate your opponent as much as possible?

    And, yes, Kournikova left the sport after her spinal surgery. Personally, I don’t think it’s “disgraceful” for an athlete to have to leave his or her sport because of an injury, but YMMV. I bet you were really pissed at that wimp Kevin Everett for whining and complaining about his spinal injury that his doctors said meant he would never be able to play again. That sure was disgraceful of him to leave the sport over something so tiny.

  58. mythago
    mythago June 23, 2008 at 1:23 am |

    There wouldn’t be a discussion if he was threatening to lynch a black player. But sexually threatening a woman is ok?

    Bingo. Which is the unspoken reason that sports fans and commentators don’t care about comments like Gimelstob’s. They don’t like women much, and certainly don’t like female athletes. B Moe let it slip – the whole ‘if you can’t stand the heat’ routine is all about how women, by daring to play professional sports, deserve abuse for their audacity.

    Racism, of course, is unacceptable because (even with racism clearly present in sports) it’s OK for black men to be athletes. So if Gimelstob were talking about lynching his opponent or booting him back to Africa, there would be an uproar. Cuz that’s wrong. But hating on bitches? Man, what else are bitches for?

  59. B Moe
    B Moe June 23, 2008 at 1:42 am |

    The problem with sexual trash talking in sports is…When “straight” men are saying this stuff to “straight” men, it isn’t a serious threat.

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. So when somebody threatens to fuck me up the ass with my own dick, and then grabs it and tries to rip it off at the bottom of a pile, I can relax knowing he is only joking, after all.

    B Moe let it slip – the whole ‘if you can’t stand the heat’ routine is all about how women, by daring to play professional sports, deserve abuse for their audacity.

    Bullshit. My point was women athletes who reach the pro level know how to play the game, on the court and in the head. They don’t need you to defend them. fNavratilova or King or Evert or Goolagong or any of the real fucking feminists would have ate this little punks lunch.

  60. Margalis
    Margalis June 23, 2008 at 2:19 am |

    I follow plenty of sports and I don’t ever remember seeing “trash talking” approaching this level, outside of Mike Tyson threatening to eat children.

    Just recently the Blue Jays GM was on a radio show and said Adam Dunn was lazy and didn’t like to play baseball, hit .220. Made quite a stir and he called up the next day to apologize.

    Didn’t say Dunn was a douche, that Dunn needed to be fucked by bear or some shit…and that was in the majors in regards to a possible trade; this is essentially a fun exhibition event between people who aren’t competing in any real way.

    It’s not trash-talking, nobody is trying to get inside someone else’s head for a meaningless sideshow, it’s just some guy being a major asshole.

  61. Katie
    Katie June 23, 2008 at 2:34 am |

    Diane at #13 and Mythago at #55 -

    Racist comments are said ALL THE TIME about black athletes. So are misogynist things. You don’t need to minimize the racism that exists and happens all the damn time in order to prove that this guy’s a scary sexist asshat.

  62. Mike
    Mike June 23, 2008 at 3:19 am |

    Loren:

    Screw attempts to claim moral superiority. According to whose moral standards? Yours?

    Sure, why not? Mine and everyone else’s, apparently; there seems to be a lot of opinion along the lines of his behaviour being despicable. In order to claim that, one has to claim at least some moral superiority. And as I said, the price for claiming that is having to be morally superior, otherwise it just comes off as revenge fantasy. Which is fine, I guess, if all you want to do is rant and screech and not have any effect on the actual problem.

  63. J.Goff
    J.Goff June 23, 2008 at 3:56 am |

    My point was women athletes who reach the pro level know how to play the game, on the court and in the head.

    Which is useless masturbation to your own tweakage, and you know it. Telling women to “get back in the kitchen” in any situation is pure misogyny, and you can cram you own useless hatred of women back into your useless piehole. We know where you’re coming from, and it isn’t from anything other than your own pathetic misogynistic wankery a la Goldstein and Purblind Jism.

  64. jesus
    jesus June 23, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    i heard the interview live on the radio. it was hilarious. justin gimelstob is the man. he doesnt hate women, he hates one particular woman. ain’t nothing wrong with that. i am sure everyone hates at least one other person. and you should be able to tell that it was sarcasm. you people need to chill out.

  65. Roxie
    Roxie June 23, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    “Truth” Says

    he never threatened any physical violence against Anna at all,

    OH? Really? Which one did you read? Cause the one I saw contained these PHYSICALLY VIOLENT THREATS

    “No, I’m gonna just serve it right into the body, about 128, right into the midriff,” he said.

    “I wouldn’t mind having my younger brother, who’s kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits of that.“

    Level up your reading comprehension, please.

  66. anonymous in DC
    anonymous in DC June 23, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    I know you all are busy working yourselves up into a tizzy, but, having heard the interview as it happened, and having been a fan of the show on which it occurred for a number of years, I think you guys are blowing this way out of proportion. Much of what is said on the show is purposefully over-the-top as a joke. He’s not actually going to try to hurt her, and if you really think that he is, you probably need to get your head checked.

  67. Diane
    Diane June 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    “justin gimelstob is the man. he doesnt hate women”

    Gimelstob has been making offensive, sexist comments about women for years and years. yes, THAT makes him a misogynist.

  68. Diane
    Diane June 23, 2008 at 1:51 pm |

    With regard to my last comment, even if Gimelstob hated just one woman (which is not the case–apparently the poster has no interest in facts), there is still NO EXCUSE for insulting her gender and making a sexually violent remark about her. If I happen to hate one African American person, it is nevertheless unacceptable to call her a “n_gger” or say I want to lynch her.

  69. Mike
    Mike June 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |

    He’s not actually going to try to hurt her, and if you really think that he is, you probably need to get your head checked.

    Ahem. Ahem. On behalf of everyone else…

    So the fuck what, dumbass?

    He’s still a misogynistic fuckwad who has no business being on television. Or, come to that, anywhere in public.

  70. Jon
    Jon June 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm |

    He is not being anti-feminist, he simply hates Anna Kournikova. If I say negative things about Tiger Woods that doesn’t mean me a racist, I might just dislike the individual.

    Also, the show and station that he is being interviewed on is extremely male oriented. They make no bones about that fact. Just like shows such as The View or channels such as Lifetime are completely geared towards women. Furthermore, he is not giving a random interview. The guys he is talking to are personal friends who he has known for many years. He is being open and honest about his dislike for one woman not expressing his extreme hatred for women. He’s not saying they are sex objects. In the same interview he talks about unfair pressures that women athletes in tennis face. Do some research and understand the setting of the interview.

  71. W. Kiernan
    W. Kiernan June 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |

    What a loser!

    Meanwhile, back in the material world, Anna Kournikova earned about $4-million in tennis prizes during her tennis career. She also has brought in another $75-million or so for endorsements and modeling. As Joseph Heller’s Captain Black might say: “Hey, Gimelstob! Hey, where are you going? Come on back! Come on back here and eat your liver!”

  72. Charity
    Charity June 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |

    Do some research and understand the setting of the interview.

    Jon, do some research into the other examples of this individual’s “anti-feminist” behavior over the years cited in this very thread. Also, see the 40 or so comments above indicating why the content of his comments crossed the line of “not liking one individual woman”. It’s been covered.

  73. Truth
    Truth June 23, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    Roxie, you need to work on YOUR reading comprehension, and you can start with the rules of tennis. A ‘body serve’ (yes, 120 miles straight to the midriff) is a legitimate tactic in tennis, and it is used all the time, by women against women, men against men, and both genders against each other in mixed doubles matches. Please get a clue. After you get a clue, perhaps you can describe to me how having a one night stand with someone is an act of violence? (You do know that that’s what ‘nail her’ means, right? He wasn’t talking about putting her on a cross or anything like that). Seriously, I am quite floored by the silliness I am reading in this comments section, but it reminds me why I’ve stopped using the title feminist to describe myself.

    I am a woman, and I am also a friend of Justin’s. I am not afraid to get in his face and let him know when I think he is being an idiot, but this is not one of those times. I know about his long standing dislike of Anna K, and it has nothing to do with his opinion of women. I could give you chapter and verse of how well he treats me, but I would rather use my time on something much more important than once again trying to chastise a member of the opposite sex for his poor use of vocabulary.

    Now, I need to go do some campaigning for Obama or something. Those potential Supreme Court nominees will have a heck of a lot more affect on my life than anything Justin has to say. Perhaps some of you can back away from your computers and go counsel some misguided teenage girls into taking those ridiculous underwear photos off their myspace pages.

  74. Margalis
    Margalis June 23, 2008 at 6:20 pm |

    Also, the show and station that he is being interviewed on is extremely male oriented.

    Male oriented or idiot oriented? Or is there no difference?

  75. Mike
    Mike June 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm |

    Male oriented or idiot oriented? Or is there no difference?

    Misandry isn’t any cuter coming from a man.

  76. Debunker
    Debunker June 23, 2008 at 8:33 pm |

    What Gimelstob said was over the top, but anyone who has followed tennis over the last 10 or more years knows that Anna Kournikova is a self-absorbed, conceited little starlet who has respect neither for the game of tennis nor for anyone (male or female) she does not deem “her equal.”

    Who knows what snotty attitude of hers didn’t provoke Gimelstob’s outburst. I see a causal relationship here.

  77. mythago
    mythago June 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm |

    He was provoked? You have to be a troll, dude, nobody’s that dumb.

    Racist comments are said ALL THE TIME about black athletes.

    Nobody (I hope) is suggesting they’re not. But the reaction to those comments is different. Nobody would excuse Gimelstob if he threatened to lynch a black player or burn a cross into his lawn. This isn’t ‘no racism in sports’ – it’s about how misogyny, particularly towards female athletes, is not only tolerated but encouraged.

  78. Really?
    Really? June 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm |

    Oh for God’s sake. So very much is wrong with this its absolutely ridiculous. At what point does Justin saying he wants his little brother to nail someone indicate sexual violence, instead of a sexual encounter? Nail is not a term for rape in the mind of any guy I know, nor any girl I know. It doesn’t become so just because someone needs to get all riled up and rile up a bunch of other people. Its slang, a fairly common slang, at least for my age group, which is right between Justin and the age group of the radio hosts.

    As for physical violence, I’ve seen pitchers throw at guys in baseball of different races than their own and I haven’t heard anyone crying racist, nor are they hauled off the field for assault. She’s in the sport, she should be able to handle this, just like football players, boxers, Ultimate Fighters or whatever. Don’t care if there is a difference in their sexes or not, he’s free to psych out the opponent, it doesn’t make him violent. When I played sports I would have been pissed if I was treated like some fragile flower simply because I am a girl. I wanted to be respected for the ability to play, not my ability to play despite the fact I’m a girl.

    Justin doesn’t like one woman. I myself have some pretty strong negative feelings about some of the tools I work with too, that doesn’t mean I hate my own sex. Nor does Justin hate all women. So he talks about how women look or what they wear, so what? I don’t look at hot actors and think, I’d really like to have an intellectual conservation with him about climate change. I think about getting nailed.

    As for your inspired desire to see someone fired for stating something you felt went too far, that’s just sad. I don’t care how much of an internet army you can get to agree with you and jump on your happy little bandwagon, doesn’t make your opinion the majority. I’ve found numerous comments here that were directed at Justin to be far more offensive than what Justin said, and yet I don’t think any of you should lose your livelihood or even your right to free speech.

    Just calm down already and accept that not everyone is going to say only things you like, or that you agree with, or phrase it exactly as you would like. After all, if everyone had to go by your standards, then based on this discussion, no one would be saying anything I like.

  79. Debunker
    Debunker June 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm |

    As I said, I’m not condoning Gimelstob’s comments.

    We don’t know what Gimelstob’s relationship to Kournikova is. We don’t know if she rejected him in a mean & humiliating way. Are you of the mind that women “can do no wrong, ever”? I’m not.

    Some guys take rejection very personally, as though they’re failures or something. If you think this is BS, let me suggest you go up to an attractive guy and ask him out on a date. I wonder how you would feel if he laughed at you or blew you off in some demeaning way.

  80. Jovan1984
    Jovan1984 June 24, 2008 at 12:24 am |

    I hope that Ms. Kournikova smoke his ass on the court.

  81. Debunker
    Debunker June 24, 2008 at 12:34 am |

    Anyone who’s followed tennis at all over the years knows that Gimelstob would easily defeat Kournikova in a singles match. She’d be lucky to win a game off him in a set.

  82. Margalis
    Margalis June 24, 2008 at 12:54 am |

    Misandry isn’t any cuter coming from a man.

    Now I’ve seen everything. Misandry?

    I was mocking the notion that “male oriented” is in his mind is the same as “for idiots.” As a man I find it quite sad that puerile behavior is somehow ok when it is “male oriented” because apparently men aren’t capable of anything better. If anything that’s the misandy, that men are just dumb troglodytes who like to drink beer, belch and say stupid shit on talk radio.

    Who knows what snotty attitude of hers didn’t provoke Gimelstob’s outburst. I see a causal relationship here.

    Inspector Debunker is on the case!

  83. bluebonnet
    bluebonnet June 24, 2008 at 2:09 am |

    gimmelslob evidently googles himself constatly & has showed up here under multiple aliases to post about himself inthe guise of women friends who tout what a great guy he is. hey gimmelslob! go fuck yaself, you pig. youre toast, you little spoiled ugly bitch.

  84. Katie
    Katie June 24, 2008 at 2:11 am |

    Diane and Mythago -

    You continue to compare the severity of sexism and racism in sports. Why do you need to compare the two axes of oppression in order to validate that the sexism exists? I am sure that the Rutgers women’s basketball team could tell you that there is plenty of both. Just because you’re not seeing the insults that you’ve cherrypicked doesn’t mean they don’t happen – remember Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman saying that other golfers should lynch Tiger Woods?

    Gimelstob’s comment is utterly sexist. Completely misogynistic. Your minimization of the racism that black athletes face is not necessary to make your point.

  85. Anonymous
    Anonymous June 24, 2008 at 7:16 am |

    To all who aren’t seeing the sexual violence, to all who say this is “trash talking”, to the person who said that the Kobe analogy didn’t make sense because no one is gay…

    Anna Kournikova would have as much sexual agency being “nailed” by someone like this dickblister’s brother as a squirrel would have getting eaten by a rottweiller.

    It’s like you men are living in the world the media tells you exists, but doesn’t really: that all women are just looking for a good deep dicking, from any man, any where, at any time. Guess what? Sex is something two people, with equal agency, do together. So why on earth would Anna Kournikova be interested in being “nailed” by said asshat’s brother? Just having a dick shoved into you does not a pleasurable experience make.

    So when a woman is told that a man she doesn’t know that he would like to “have a piece of her” of “tap that ass” or any other vile commentary- it is a suggestion of an act of rape- because the man is postulating that he would like to use her body for his own sexual pleasure. If she’s not enjoying it- it’s rape.

    To bring this back to “that Kobe argument doesn’t make sense because no one in it is gay”- all women aren’t interested in all men, at all times. Anna Kournikova would enjoy “being nailed” by the brother about as much as any of you heterosexual men would- as in, not at all. The analogy makes perfect, beautiful, poetic sense- but you don’t even see it through your woman-hating stupid goggles.

    And for fuck’s sake- women are ALLOWED TO HATE men like this, men who perpetuate a culture that creates more men like this, and the things men like this say. This is a feminist board where all us women can gather to vent about how shitty the damned patriarchy that we live in is, and take comfort that there are others like us out there who are fed the fuck up with it. We live in a culture where 24/7, we are subject to woman-hating vitriol. And you have to come here to tell us that we need to “lighten up,” that this is “normal trash talking” that we “don’t understand the context.” Well open your damned eyes and ears- we are telling you that it isn’t. You honestly don’t view women as human if you are too intent on protecting your damned fee fees from the mean, nasty women saying all the hateful, hateful things about men to realize how J.G.’s talk is rape-promoting hate speech.

  86. santa claus
    santa claus June 24, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    do his comments REALLY affect any of you? does it change the way you live in your day to day life? is anything really different in your lives now after his comments then they were before you heard about them? i am guessing no so get over it. some people are dumb.

  87. Debunker
    Debunker June 24, 2008 at 9:58 am |

    It’s pretty striking that there are over 80 comments on this thread, and that not one seeks to understand why Gimelstob made the comments he made.

    (I hope everyone here is mature & intelligent enough to realize that seeking to understand why he made those comments is not at all the same as condoning them.)

    Why would a guy who’s grown up in one of the most popular co-ed sports — a guy who’s gotten to know many a female player and commentator — say the vicious things that he did? I’ve played tennis all my life and even taught professionally, and cannot recall one time when a male player/commentator spoke of humiliating a woman on the court, or saying and doing things to leave her in tears.

  88. less13lee
    less13lee June 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm |

    Why would he say hateful and misogynistic comments about Kournikova?
    Ummm…maybe because making sexualized and misogynistic comments are considered okay and accepted by our society.

    There’s really nothing any woman can do to avoid having similar comments directed at her, save of course staying home and never entering the public sector.

  89. Donna
    Donna June 24, 2008 at 12:47 pm |

    I emailed the WTT yesteday, and got this response:

    Thanks for your email regarding comments attributed to Mr. Gimelstob.

    World TeamTennis is founded on respect and equality for both genders. The remarks attributed to Mr. Gimelstob were clearly inappropriate and inconsistent with the values of World TeamTennis. We take this matter very seriously and we are gathering information. We hope to announce the results of that investigation soon.

    Sincerely,
    Ilana Kloss
    WTT CEO/Commissioner

  90. HR Wench
    HR Wench June 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |

    Donna – I received the same reply from Ms. Kloss. I truly hope they are really investigating and there is an announcement soon.

  91. Charity
    Charity June 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |

    Some guys take rejection very personally, as though they’re failures or something. If you think this is BS, let me suggest you go up to an attractive guy and ask him out on a date. I wonder how you would feel if he laughed at you or blew you off in some demeaning way.

    You don’t say! People have feelings? But seriously, I don’t know how it’s possible to so wilfully miss the point, but while it is OK to have feelings about rejection, or someone’s attitude, or whatever else you want to speculate, it is not OK to respond with threats of violence, including sexually violent comments about hoping someone “nails” her and then “reaping the benefits of that.” Ask yourself, in good faith, what the hell does he mean by that?

  92. Jo
    Jo June 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm |

    Donna,
    I got the same response, as did my husband, who emailed them separately from his own address. We also wrote the Tennis Channel and Tennis Warehouse (which is currently running a commercial featuring Gimelstob).
    It’s good to see that the WTT acknowledges that this behavior is out-of-bounds. I hope that the response to Gimelstob’s comments lasts long enough that their investigation must conclude that the “remarks attributed to Mr. Gimelstob” were indeed made by him and he should face consequences for them.

  93. Debunker
    Debunker June 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |

    less13 writes: “Why would he say hateful and misogynistic comments about Kournikova? Ummm…maybe because making sexualized and misogynistic comments are considered okay and accepted by our society.”

    “Society” is a pretty abstract word. What credible evidence is there that “sexualized & misogynistic comments” are considered “okay” by, say, a majority of men and women in this society?

    Scrolling up on this thread I see that MEN, no less than women, have denounced Gimelstob’s comments. I myself, a man, said his comments were over the top. Who is lauding Gimelstob’s comments? I’m curious.

  94. Debunker
    Debunker June 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |

    Charity writes: “…it is not OK to respond with threats of violence, including sexually violent comments…”

    Didn’t I say, a couple of times, THAT I DON’T CONDONE what Gimelstob said? And didn’t I make a distinction between wanting to understand what impels him to make those comments and justifying them?

    I understand the word “nail” as a synonym for “copulate with,” not rape, nor physical assault.

    Also, the word “violence,” as I see it, includes emotional violence. Kids on the playground may not slap or punch somebody, but that doesn’t mean they are not committing violence. By saying really mean things, like calling a guy a “fag” or a “loser” or some such name, they are committing violence. It’s possible that some women are insufficiently sensitive to how they reject a guy, or to some of the things that come out of their mouth. It’s not unreasonable to suppose that a guy like Gimelstob may take it really hard and not know how to react appropriately. It’s also possible that Kournikova is exactly what Gimelstob referred to her as — a *****.

  95. less13lee
    less13lee June 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    Well, I dunno Bebunker, check out coverage of the Clinton campaign for a recent example.

    Also, ask any woman about her experiences with street harassment or sexual harassment at in the workplace. Think about the words that are used to put down women, bitch, whore, cunt, etc. all have a sexualized connotation. In fact, the other day, some guy tried to talk to me, but when I told him that I wasn’t interested, his immediate response was, “How’d you like it if I threw you in front of this train, cunt?” I laughed at him and asked him is he kissed his mother with that mouth and watched him slink away.

    Obviously, he felt entitled to threaten me and call me a cunt. Why? Why do men think that’s okay?

    You asked why he made this comments, I’m merely suggesting that it has less to do with Kournikova as a person or a tennis player and more to do with the fact that this guy feels comfortable relating Kournikova to a “bitch” who “needs to get nailed.” And he feels entitled to talk about women in a threatening and sexualized manner, why?

  96. Debunker
    Debunker June 24, 2008 at 6:05 pm |

    Less, a few points.

    First, as someone who followed the Democratic primary season very closely, I would say it’s highly debatable just how “sexist” the coverage of Mrs. Clinton was. She did many things herself to bring down her own candidacy, and the media at times was unduly harsh towards Obama (e.g., talking about Rev. Wright 24/7).

    Aren’t there just as many words to demean men as women? “Dick,” “bastard,” “dickhead,” “thinks with his penis,” “loser” (in the sense of not being wealthy), etc.

    I wasn’t there to witness your experience with that guy. What he said was wrong, but you yourself might have said or done something that wasn’t exactly friendly or classy. I don’t know.

    Why are some women hostile towards men? For every jerk there are probably ten really nice guys. For every rape or assault you can name, there are probably a thousand instances where a guy showed kindness toward a woman, like buying her flowers, complimenting her on her appearance, helping her out in an emergency, buying her expensive gifts, and so on.

    As for Kournikova, neither you nor I know exactly what transpired between them. I’ve heard and read things about Kournikova being arrogant and inconsiderate towards others.

    I don’t think the few examples you gave justify your earlier use of “society”. Aren’t there laws on the books to punish sexual harassment? Aren’t there numerous feminist organizations in this society looking out for women’s rights? Aren’t there men, like the ones posting here, who are ready to condemn sexist attitudes towards women? This doesn’t sound like a society that can readily be called “misogynistic” to me.

  97. Kate
    Kate June 24, 2008 at 7:36 pm |

    I got this back from a Tennis Warehouse, one of Gimbelstob’s sponser’s (and one of the Tennis Channel’s sponsers. One insteresting thing was that my subject line was simply “Justin Gimbelstob” and the reply subject line was “re: Justin Gimbelstob Hate Mail.” Hmmm.

    Kate,

    Thank you for your letter. We were also surprised and disappointed with the statements made by Justin Gimelstob on the radio show, “The Junkies”. Please know that these comments are not supported or endorsed by Tennis Warehouse. You should also know that Justin has issued a public apology, which I’ve attached.

    We do not employ Justin Gimelstob, but paid him for services rendered on our recent television commercials. At the present time, we do not plan to continue using Justin for more than the commercials we already shot.

    Kind Regards,

    Don Hightower
    President
    Tennis Warehouse

    Here is the apology which was attached to the email:

    I want to apologize for remarks I made last week on “The Junkies” radio show. There is no excuse and I am extremely disappointed in myself. I take full responsibility for all the words that came out of my mouth, and, while I can’t take any of them back, I hope my heartfelt remorse can begin to heal the wounds felt by many. I do not feel that the views I expressed last week accurately represent the person I am or strive to be; however, I can completely understand how and why they offended so many people. Regardless of how I feel about someone, my access to communicate to the public should be used in a positive way, and this was clearly not the case last week. In addition, I have a responsibility to the numerous outlets that trust me to inform, entertain, and educate their viewers and listeners. I failed them. I am truly sorry. As a symbol of my contrition I plan on donating an undisclosed sum to The Women’s Sports Foundation, which works to expand opportunities for girls and women through sports and physical activity. I hope at least some good can come from my mistakes. I know I have learned how to accurately express my feelings and I can promise nothing similar to my previous remarks will ever be said again. Sincerely, Justin Gimelstob

  98. Debunker
    Debunker June 24, 2008 at 8:54 pm |

    That was very big of Gimelstob.

  99. Charity
    Charity June 24, 2008 at 9:39 pm |

    Debunker, make up your mind. If you don’t condone what he said, it’s not “big” to apologize for it…it’s just appropriate. You don’t get a cookie for trying to right a wrong you should have known better than to commit in the first place.

  100. Diane
    Diane June 24, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    Not a real apology at all. Here is my update: http://tinyurl.com/6awfzb

  101. Truth
    Truth June 25, 2008 at 1:07 am |

    I’m not Justin, but if it makes you feel better to believe that in your paranoid, hate-filled bubble, go right ahead. He’s far too busy working right now to waste time on the internet on blogs such as this.

    I have to agree with an earlier comment that some of the insults thrown at him here are worse than anything he said. But it’s okay for women to insult men, right, after all we are the oppressed. Again, double standard bullshit like that is why I will not label myself as a feminist anymore. You women embarrass me and you should feel embarassed for yourselves. We have real issues to fight for and you are up in arms because some second rate tennis player took lockerroom talk public. You think that men don’t use the phrase ‘nail her’ every day of their lives, then you are naive or ignorant.

    I’m now coming back here whenever I can for the comedy this has become. Thanks for the entertainment.

  102. Mike
    Mike June 25, 2008 at 5:25 am |

    Margalis:

    I was mocking the notion that “male oriented” is in his mind is the same as “for idiots.” As a man I find it quite sad that puerile behavior is somehow ok when it is “male oriented” because apparently men aren’t capable of anything better. If anything that’s the misandy, that men are just dumb troglodytes who like to drink beer, belch and say stupid shit on talk radio.

    Fair enough. I guess the tone didn’t come through for me in that one sentence…

  103. Debunker
    Debunker June 25, 2008 at 6:50 am |

    I posted a reply to less13 yesterday, but it’s been blocked by a “comment awaiting moderation” tag.

    Nice to see that the people who manage this site are afraid of a free exchange of ideas.

  104. Diane
    Diane June 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm |

    The “apology” now appears on the Tennis Channel site, and Tennis Channel has done Gimelstob the kindness of editing it in his favor, and of informing us of his “respect” for women. I have been reading and listening to him for years, and every other word that comes out of his mouth demeans women.

  105. TheTruth
    TheTruth June 26, 2008 at 7:21 am |

    Oh Diane, shut up. Your exaggerating is completely unnecessary and you have lost ALL credibility on this subject. Your posts just show how little contact you have with men in the real world. Face it, many of them speak this way about women and they are stupid enough to think it’s cool. Justin was stupid enough to do it in front of a microphone. If you had ever spent five minutes in the players lounge of an ATP event you would have heard similar comments at least 30 times. Are you going to organize a boycott of the entire ATP now?

  106. shellie
    shellie June 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  107. HR Wench
    HR Wench June 30, 2008 at 8:23 pm |

    Everyone – Press release from WTT states Justin is suspended from 1 WA Kastles game per WTT co founder Ilana Kloss. Co founder Billie Jean King also makes a statement (see page 2 of document). Justin’s apology is at the end of the document.:
    http://www.wtt.com/MediaCenter/PDF/WTT%20STATEMENT%20ON%20GIMELSTOB%20SUSPENSION_FINAL%20June%2025.pdf

  108. Michael M. Noonan
    Michael M. Noonan July 7, 2008 at 10:49 am |

    Yeah, it was tasteless, misogynistic, blah, blah, but for a few of you to say you’re the last group that can be vilified, you have to be kidding. The only groups that seem to be fair play despite all the nauseating political correctness are white men and Christians.

  109. kimo
    kimo July 15, 2008 at 10:32 pm |

    this guy briefly dated a good friend of mine. on the few occasions we spent time together he came across to a large group of people (basically all of her friends) as the most arrogant, egotistical asshole. needless to say we were all glad that she dumped this dickhead and I bet no one (certainly not me) is surprised that he made these remarks.

    he periodically writes tennis columns for the sports illustrated/cnn tennis website. we should all write and tell them to fire his ass…

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/about_us/feedback/

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