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Rolling Stone Writer Stands By Report of Serena Williams’ Rape Comments

In a Rolling Stone profile, written by Stephen RodrickSerena Williams had some absolutely awful things to say about the 16-year-old rape victim from Steubenville, Ohio. Williams is now trying to backtrack, but Rodrick is standing by his story. If you haven’t read the Williams quotes already, get a load of this:

Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously, I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.

Yeah.

The backlash to those comments was rightfully swift and brutal, so of course, Williams has issued a non-apology apology. Williams doesn’t admit to actually doing anything wrong. Instead, she says Rodrick made the quote up:

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Serena Williams Graces Cover of Essence

Here’s Serena Williams on the cover of the latest issue of Essence. We’re not exactly sure what she’s doing in the photograph. It could be some sort of dance. No matter. Williams is talented, intelligent, successful and beautiful, so she can do any weird pose she wants. This is fact verified by scientific scientists.

The July issue of Essence hits newsstands June 7.

Jason Whitlock Believes Serena’s Crip Walk Celebration Was ‘Premeditated’

Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock is getting a lot of feedback this morning – both positive and negative – for a column entitled “Serena Deserves the Criticism.”

He’s not buying any of the excuses articulated by Williams and supporters regarding the Olympic gold medalist’s decision to celebrate at Wimbledon on Saturday with a dance popularized by Crip gang members. Whitlock thinks it was her crafty way of getting back at the All England Club:

A couple of years ago, the Queen visited Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years. Serena was the reigning Wimbledon champion. She practiced her curtsy in anticipation of playing in front of the Queen at Centre Court. Wimbledon placed Serena on Court 2 and let one of the fashionable white girls play Centre Court in front of the Queen…

I bet in a private moment Friday night or Saturday morning, Serena told her sister Venus, “I’m going to kick this $*%& ass and Crip Walk all over this crusty-ass place.”

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Serena Williams Won’t Be Doing Manicures on Reality TV

We learn from our sister blog SportsNewser that the Lifetime network rejected a reality series about tennis star Serena Williams‘ double life as a nail salon pro. What?

One of the biggest names in sports has chosen a side career in a pink collar industry dominated by struggling immigrants. This is reality television GOLD. Serena gave Oprah Winfrey a pedicure, for crissakes. Nothing that mind boggling will ever happen on The Bachelorette.

Needless to say, we would’ve tuned in.

Surprisingly, Williams really is a professional manicurist. Last year she quietly enrolled in beauty school to become a certified nail technician, prompting sports fans the world over to scratch their heads. Since then she’s gained a new kind of fan for her “Glam Slam” nail polish collections, created in partnership with O.P.I.

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Pete Wentz, Cheeseheads Hit the Road for ‘MB Tweet Race’

Tomorrow morning, four Mercedes-Benz vehicular teams, each featuring a pair of drivers and “celebrity coach,” will depart for Dallas from LA, Chicago, New York and Tampa. It’s all part of an ingenious Twitter-follow Super Bowl contest put on by the car manufacturer.

The LA team features singer Pete Wentz (@petewentz) and a pair of Green Bay Packer fans, Todd Sanders (@tsand) and John Pederson (@ijohnpederson) (pictured), who actually met through Twitter. At the end of the February 2nd-4th event, which also has a charity component, a follower of the winning team will be randomly selected for a Grand Prize along with 20 others:

Each Twitter race team will select two winners from those participants who have joined their team and the race director (@MbtweetraceHQ) will select twelve additional winners. Winners will be those participants that have tweeted the most plentiful, creative and timely tweets.

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LAT Blog To Get 1 Million PVS, Does Our Work For Us

memmel_300.jpgWe have totally neglected our LAT in 90 feature this summer, but we thought we’d make amends by writing all kind of glowing things about the paper’s Olympics blog which is, truly, damn cool. (Love the on-the-ground touches and particularly like reading Bill Plaschke‘s take on the racial controversy before we’d even heard about the controversy itself.)

But — bully for us — the paper beat us to it!

In a press release extolling the paper’s Olympics coverage, the paper’s PR machine let us know it’s on track to get 1 million pvs by the games’ end.

Congrats!

Press release follows:

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Jews, Mexicans, Blind Black Musicians: Imus’ History Of Hate Talk

imus_rutgers_hos.jpgThe Imus-’Nappy ‘Hos’ incident on April 4 may have shocked people like Al Sharpton, but it shouldn’t have shocked WFAN, MSNBC or the show’s listeners whatsoever.

A recent history [via Media Matters] of hate-talk:

  • March 27

    Former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg appeared on the program and referenced a story in the New York Daily News headlined “Serena Shocked by Racist Heckler.” Rosenberg commented, “I was on an airplane,” suggesting that he could not have been the one heckling professional tennis player Serena Williams.

  • March 16

    Executive producer Bernard McGuirk, performing as his character “Cardinal Egan,” said that “the whole nation is talking about” reports of a “young colored fellah pretty much deckin’ the old bag from New York and takin’ away some of her money.” McGuirk continued: “I’m speaking, of course, about [Sens.] Barack Obama [D-IL] and Hillary Clinton [D-NY].”

  • March 6

    McGuirk said that Hillary was “trying to sound black in front of a black audience” when she gave a speech on March 4 in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton “will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with Obama is over.” Earlier in the program, in reference to Clinton’s speech, McGuirk had said, “Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows.” McGuirk also said that Clinton will be “giving Crips signs during speeches.” The Crips are a Los Angeles-based street gang.

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    Imus Calls Rutgers’ Women’s Basketball Team ‘Nappy-Headed ‘Hos’ | MSNBC Distances Itself

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    On yesterday’s Imus in the Morning radio program (simulcast on MSNBC) Imus referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed ‘hos” after the show’s producer, Bernard McGuirk called the team “hardcore ‘hos.”

    The transcript [via Media Matters]:

    DON IMUS: So, I watched the basketball game last night between — a little bit of Rutgers and Tennessee, the women’s final.

    SID ROSENBERG: Yeah, Tennessee won last night — seventh championship for [Tennessee coach] Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 points.

    IMUS: That’s some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and –

    BERNARD McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos.

    IMUS: That’s some nappy-headed hos there. I’m gonna tell you that now, man, that’s some — woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like — kinda like — I don’t know.

    McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.

    IMUS: Yeah.

    McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes — that movie that he had.

    IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough –

    CHARLES McCORD: Do The Right Thing.

    McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

    IMUS: I don’t know if I’d have wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right?

    ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.

    Putting aside for a second the show’s erroneous knowledge of Spike Lee joints (the film in question was School Daze, not Do The Right Thing) the comments recalled a 2001 on-air incident in which Rosenberg said Venus and Serena Williams would have a better shot at appearing in National Geographic than Playboy.

    Late Thursday, MSNBC issued a statement distancing itself from the show:

    “While simulcast by MSNBC, ‘Imus in the Morning’ is not a production of the cable network and is produced by WFAN Radio. As Imus makes clear every day, his views are not those of MSNBC. We regret that his remarks were aired on MSNBC and apologize for these offensive comments.”

    Funny, considering MSNBC was touting Imus’ strong first quarter ratings just two days ago.

    Imus deflected criticism over the Rutgers remark, telling the New York Times “not worry about some idiot saying something meant to be amusing.”

    Rutgers then issued its own statement: “We agree with Mr. Imus that this was, in his own words, an ‘idiot comment.’ We are very proud of the success of the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Coach Stringer and the Rutgers players are outstanding ambassadors for this great institution.”