John McEnroe takes down anti-gay bigot Margaret Court in brilliant commentary
John McEnroe thinks he knows where Margaret Court’s anti-gay hate comes from: lesbian Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs after Court could not.
‘She did lose the first battle of the sexes to Bobby Riggs,’ McEnroe says in a new video commentary.
‘Hold on, she lost to Bobby Riggs and then Billie Jean King beat the sh*t out of Bobby. Now I think I know where that hatred comes from.’
Court, 74, has been making headlines in recent weeks for a series of anti-LGBTI remarks she has been making including tennis being ‘full of lesbians.’
McEnroe says: ‘Margaret Court is telling us tennis is full of lesbians. The way I see it there are three options regarding this statement. Number one – this is true and who gives a f**k? Number two – this is not true and who should give a f**k? And number three – this is half true and should we really give a f**k?’
McEnroe takes Court apart in other ways including her all-time record of winning 24 grand slam singles titles.
He points out that many of her titles were won before 1968 when tennis was still an amateur sport and professionals were not allowed to compete.
Eleven of Court’s slam titles were won at the Australian Open during a time when many of the top women did not compete there.
As for the Australian Open, McEnroe has an idea for an event to be held at its Margaret Court Arena which some people including Martina Navratilova want to see renamed.
‘As for renaming the court that bears her name at Melbourne Park, the jury is still out,’ McEnroe says.
Calling himself ‘the self-appointed commissioner of tennis,’ McEnroe has come up with what he thinks is a viable solution:
‘Keep the name and when same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia, I will personally call my good friend Elton John to host the biggest same-sex, mass wedding ceremony ever seen — in Margaret Court Arena. Margaret, that’s just the kind of guy I am.’
McEnroe also asks Court not to ‘get all worked up’ over a touching scene at the french Open last week during when Juan Martin del Potro held a crying Nicolas Almagro in his arms after an injured Almagro had to retire from their match.
‘It’s not what you think,’ McEnroe says to Court. ‘It’s just a decent human being consoling a friend in distress.
‘We all need more of that these days. Just a decent human being, doing a decent thing. Do you know how hard it is, still, to come out in 2017? Just think about that.’