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Serena Williams Criticizes Russian Tennis Official For “Racist” And “Sexist” Remarks

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Serena Williams is slamming Russian Tennis Federation president, Shamil Tarpischev for making some hurtful and inappropriate comments about her and sister, Venus.

During a recent television show, Shamil referred to the tennis sisters as “the Williams brothers.” Serena criticized the International Olympic Committee member during the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore, telling reporters “I think the WTA did a great job of taking initiative and immediately taking action to his comments.”

The 33-year-old continued, “I thought his comments were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.”

She added, “I have done the best that I could do and that’s all I can say. I just wasn’t very happy with his comments and I think a lot of people weren’t happy as well. But the WTA and the USTA [U.S. Tennis Association], they did a wonderful job of making sure that, in this day of age, 2014 for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such, insensitive bullying remarks.”

Tarpischev, whose comments led to a one-year ban by the World Tennis Association, apologized in a statement that read:

“I didn’t want to offend any athlete with my words. I regret that this joke has garnered so much attention. I don’t think this incident deserves so much fuss.”

 

 

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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