Even though the most important news about Serena Williams in recent days was that she retired from the French Open, a different one is circulating the Internet.
During a press conference held on June 2, one of the reporters of Inside Tennis, Bill Simons, acted ‘weird’ and asked something that many people, including Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, Sr., considered inappropriate.
To begin with, Simons called Williams ‘baby.’ After that, he told the story about interviewing Donald Trump in 2004. Trump said that Williams was intimidated by Maria Sharapova’s ‘supermodel look.’
Later, Simons asked if she had ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court and also asked Williams to share her thoughts on what Trump said in 2004
One of the most interesting things was that Simons had previously said that he had waited 14 years to ask that, which means that, during all those years, he never realized that his questions lacked professionalism.
All that Williams could answer was that she didn’t have any thoughts on that and that she has never been intimidated by anyone. To end her conversation, she said ‘that’s all. That’s it.’
As soon as that incident took place, people took to Twitter to send backlash to Simons for questioning such things, implying that his remarks were racists. One of them was Ohanian.
Tagging the image that showed all the questions and answers between Simons and Williams, Ohanian wrote that Simons should wait at least another 14 more years before asking another question at all.
Another Twitter user who chimed in and shared her thoughts was Lisa Phillips, who admitted that not everybody considers that a woman must be white to be beautiful.
Apart from that, Phillips pointed out that beauty didn’t win tennis matches and that women were worth more than what some people might think about their physical appeal.
After that, Simons apologized via Twitter saying that he never meant to empower Trump or attack Williams and that he has been fighting racism, sexism, and homophobia throughout his life.