Billie Jean King weighs in on Margaret Court’s anti-LGBT views: ‘She’s been hurtful to our community’
The great Billie Jean King – true a hero and a visionary – was asked last month about her former rival Margaret Court’s anti-gay and anti-trans comments.
There have been calls from many – including former numbers ones Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport – to have the name of Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open changed because of Court’s bigoted comments.
King finds Court’s comments ‘hurtful’ but is not in favor of stripping her name from the arena.
“I still want her to have her name on the court at this point, but I’m disappointed,” said King, 73, a contemporary of Court, 74. “Because of her tennis, she deserves it . . . I’ve stood up for her before. So I separate those things.
“I think it’s really important to always have acts of kindness, love over hate, than to make judgments on others. Do I agree with her? Absolutely not. I’m gay and I think she’s been hurtful to our community and doesn’t really understand us as humans first.”