John McEnroe Respects Serena Williams But Stands By His Opinion


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,
WELCOME BACK.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU’RE IN
FOR A TREAT BECAUSE MY NEXT
GUEST IS ONE OF THE GREATEST
TENNIS PLAYERS OF ALL TIME, AND
CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST
OPINIONATED.
PLEASE WELCOME JOHN McENROE.
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: THERE YOU GO.
THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>>Stephen: NOW, FOR THE
UNINNICHATED OUT THERE YOU ARE A
SEVEN-TIME GRAND SLAM CHAMPION,
NINE-TIME GRAND SLAM MEN’S
DOUBLE TITLES, ONE GRAND SLAM
MIXED DOUBLES TITLE, FORMER
WORLD NUMBER ONE TENNIS PLAYER.
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
NUMBER ONE.
NOW, YOU ARE KNOWNS IF YOUR OUST
BURSTS ON THE COURT.
PEOPLE THINK OF YOU AS A BIT OF
AN OUTRAGEOUS CHARACTER AT
TIMES.
BUT YOU HAVE STIRRED THE THE
POT, IN A WAY, THAT YOU RARELY
HAVE IN THE PAST BECAUSE THIS
WEEKEND YOU TOPPED YOURSELF.
YOU TOLD– YOU TOPPED YOURSELF,
SIR.
YOU TOLD NPR THAT IF SERENA
WILLIAMS WERE ON THE MEN’S
CIRCUIT SHE WOULD BE, LIKE,
NUMBER 700 IN THE WORLD
( BOOING ).
>>IT DIDN’T GO OVER BIG WITH MY
DAUGHTERS, EITHER, OKAY.
>>Stephen: YOU CANNOT BE
SERIOUS.
>>YOU KNOW– YOU KNOW– THANK
YOU.
( APPLAUSE )
YOU REMEMBER THE HONEYMOONERS,
RALPH CRAM DEN?
ME AND MY BIG MOUTH!
IT WAS A LITTLE BIT LIKE THAT.
>>Stephen: WHAT WAS THE
QUESTION THAT LED TO YOU THAT
ANSWER?
>>WELL, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT
TO SOMEONE ON NPR RADIO, AND SHE
SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT,
SHE WAS ASKING ABOUT SERENA, I
SAID SERENA WILLIAMS IS THE
GREATEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
THAT EVER LIVED.
AND I THINK SHE’S ABSOLUTELY
TREMENDOUS.
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AND SHE SAID SHE– SHE FUMED
WITH, “WHY DO YOU HAVE TO SAY
‘FEMALE’ TENNIS PLAYER?
ISN’T SHE THE GREATEST TENNIS
PLAYER THAT EVER LIVED.”
AND I SAID WAIT, HANG ON A
SECOND HERE.
IF WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT
THAT, THEN YOU GET INTO A LITTLE
DIFFERENT CATEGORY.”
YOU KNOW, DO THEY SAY THAT ABOUT
GIRL BASKETBALL PLAYERS THAT
THEY’RE AS GOOD AS MICHAEL
JORDAN?
FOR EXAMPLE.
>>Stephen: THEY MIGHT SAY
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS
INSTEAD OF GIRLS.
( LAUGHTER )
SURE.
I’M STILL ON AIR TOMORROW.
YOU GET TO LEAVE.
ALL RIGHT?
( LAUGHTER )
>>PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME, “CAN
YOU BEAT SERENA WILLIAMS.”
WHAT IS THIS, “OOOH.”
MY GIRLS DON’T THINK I CAN BEAT
HER NOW.
I THOUGHT I COULD BEAT HER.
SHE’S PREGNANT, SO MAYBE I
SHOULD PLAY HER NOW.
I’D HAVE A BETTER– A BETTER
CHANCE.
>>Stephen: MIGHT BE–
>>BUT EITHER WAY I WISH HER THE
ABSOLUTE BEST.
SHE’S BEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED
TO AMERICAN TENNIS IN THE LAST
10, 15 YEARS.
>>Stephen: YES, YOU SAID–
AFTER WIMBLEDON, YOU ACTUALLY
SAID, AFTER WIMBLEDON IN 2015,
YOU SAID, “SERENA IS ARGUABLY
THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF THE LAST
100 YEARS.”
>>SHE’S CERTAINLY ONE OF THE
GREATEST ATHLETES OF THE LAST
100 YEARS —
>>Stephen: I WAS GIVING YOU
THE OUT.
THAT WAS THE EXIT DOOR.
THAT WAS THE LIFE BOAT I WAS
THROWING YOU.
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO STAB IT WITH
A KNIFE?
THERE ARE SHARKS IN THE WATER
AROUND YOU RIGHT NOW!
>>THAT’S– THAT’S WHY YOU’RE
KICKING ASS, AND MY SHOW LASTED
ON SNBC FOR SIX MONTHS.
12 YEARS AGO.
>>Stephen: THAT’S RIGHT.
YOU HOSTED– NOT ONLY DID YOU
HOST THAT, BUT I FOUND OUT– I
FORGOT THIS– BUT WHEN DAVE WAS
HOST OF “THE LATE SHOW,”” HE GOT
SICK AND YOU HOSTED ONE NIGHT?
HOW MANY NIGHTS?
>>JUST ONE, ONE WAS APPARENTLY
ENOUGH.
>>Stephen: JUST FOR THOSE OF
YOU WHO WANT A TASTE, THERE YOU
ARE HOSTING “THE LATE SHOW.”
THE.
>>THANK YOU.
>>Stephen: MY BROTHER.
IT’S A FRATERNITY.
VERY FEW PEOPLE GET TO SIT
BEHIND THESE DESKS.
HOW DID IT GO?
>>WELL, IT DIDN’T GO QUITE AS
WELL AS I WOULD HAVE HOPED.
THE MONOLOGUE DIDN’T GO OVER TOO
WELL, AND SUBSEQUENTLY WE HAD
HAD A GUEST, FRENCH CHEF.
I MADE SOME TYPE OF COMMENT THAT
THE FRENCH HADN’T BACKED US UP
AFTER 9/11 VERY WELL —
>>Stephen: WAIT A SECOND,
WERE YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT
SAUTEING SCALLOPS AND GO, “BY
THE WAY, WHY WOULDN’T YOU LET US
USE YOUR AIRBASES TO BOMB?”
>>HE DIDN’T LIKE THEY MADE THAT
COMMENT, WHICH I GUESS IS FAIR
ENOUGH —
>>Stephen: YOU ACCUSED THE
FRENCH OF BEING PRO TERRORISM.
>>I DID NOT SAY THAT.
WE WERE HAVING FUN DOING A
COOKING SEGMENT —
>>Stephen: YOU WERE HAVING
FUN AND BROUGHT UP 9/11?
>>YOU HAVE A WAY OF MIXING
THIS, YOU KNOW, POLITICS AND
COMEDY.
>>Stephen: OKAY, OKAY YOU
DON’T NEED TO CONTINUE WITH THE
COMPLIMENTS.
( LAUGHTER ).
>>10 YEARS LATER, THERE WAS A
SHOW ON TV– IT’S PROBABLY THE
SAME NPR INTERVIEWER THAT
SCREWED ME UP WITH SERENA, AND
THEY SAID ERR RUPPIER, IF THERE
WAS ONE PERSON YOU WOULDN’T
SERVE IN YOUR RESTAURANT, WHO
WOULD THAT BE, IF YOU HAD TO
TICK ONE PERSON IN THE ENTIRE
WORLD.”
AND HE SAID ME
( LAUGHTER )
PLAWZ.
>>Stephen: YOU HAVE A NEW
BOOK.
IT’S CALLED “BUT SERIOUSLY.”
>>”BUT SERIOUSLY.”
>>Stephen: “BUT SERIOUSLY.”
TELL ME ABOUT IT.
( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
NOTHING.
I GOT NOTHING.
I REALLY– I REALLY ENJOYED IT.
>>JUST READ THE DAMN THING!
JUST READ THE DAMN THING!
>>Stephen: YOU HAD AN EARLIER
BOOK CALLED “YOU CANNOT BE
SERIOUS SM.
AND NOW “BUT SERIOUSLY.”
WHAT ARE WE LEARNING HERE THAT
WE DIDN’T LEARN THE LAST TIME?
>>WE’RE LEARNING THAT HOPEFULLY
I’M GROWING AS A PERSON, THAT
I’VE BEEN ABLE TO SOMEWHAT–
ALTHOUGH YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT BY
YESTERDAY.
( LAUGHTER )
THAT I HAVE TRIED TO REINVENT–
I DON’T KNOW IF REINVENT– BUT
TRIED TO LOOK AT THE GLASS HALF
FULL DESPITE BEING RIDICULED
MERCLESSLY ON NATIONAL TV AT 12
AT NIGHT.
>>Stephen: SINCE YOU HAVE
THIS REPUTATION OF THE GUY WITH
THE QUICK TEMPER, DO YOU EVER
DISAPPOINT PEOPLE BY BEING EVEN
TEMPERD?
>>APPARENTLY, I’VE RECENTLY
TAKEN UP GOLF A LITTLE BIT —
>>Stephen: “APPARENTLY”
MEANING THIS IS A RUMOR YOU JUST
HEARD ABOUT?
YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE MORE.
( LAUGHTER )
WHAT DO YOU MEAN “APPARENTLY?”
>>I DON’T WANT TO ADMIT TO IT
BECAUSE I MAY QUIT SOON BECAUSE
IT’S SO FRUSTRATING–
( LAUGHTER )
WHAT A GREAT CROWD.
( APPLAUSE ).
>>Stephen: UH-HUH…
>>BASICALLY, THEY WANT ME–
THEY GO, “LOOK, DON’T YELL AT
ME” THE CADDY WILL SAY BEFORE I
TEE OFF.
AND THEY’RE UPSET IF I DON’T GET
UPSET.
I’M TRYING TO USE REVERSE
PSYCHOLOGY.
IT’S A MELLOWER MORE MATURE
McENROE.
MAYBE I SHOULD GO BACK TO THE
OLD GUY.
>>Stephen: I LIKE THIS GUY.
I LIKE THIS GUY, TOO.
>>THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE THAT.
( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: THANKS FOR BEING

HERE MAN.
THANK YOU FOR– GET BEHIND HERE
FOR A SECOND.
I WANT TO YOU SAY GONE.
I’LL LET YOU GET BEHIND THE DESK
AND SAY GONE.
SAY GOOD-BYE.
HE’S GOING TO HOST AGAIN.
“THE LA”THE LATE SHOW”” HOST.
HOLD UP THE DAMN BOOK AND READ
THAT.
>>”BUT SERIOUSLY” IS ON SALE
NOW, ME, EVERYBODY, JOHN
McENROE.
WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A
PERFORMANCE BY LILLIE MAE.

100 thoughts on “John McEnroe Respects Serena Williams But Stands By His Opinion

  1. Serena Williams said herself in an interview after McEnroes comment, there is no way she couldn't beat a ranking Men's Tennis payer and also commented a top men's serve would take he arm off…watch the ball speed differences between the 2. Political correctness is more important that the facts? And why is it even important for discussion…

  2. I don't support people being assholes, but I will always support facts over feelings. And, btw, I'm not saying that McEnroe was being an asshole, but had he responded as tactfully to the NPR question as he did here I doubt we'd be talking about this.

  3. He is an able speaker and IMO, he is right about Williams. The past great, Martina Navratalova has said that in her prime she "could beat them both", referring to the Williams sisters. But I agree with McEnroe, "no, she couldn't". And I think a careful look at both of the games, of both of the women, would show that. Martina was a great, past champion, but in their prime, Williams would beat her soundly. I think the statistics would show that, and just watching them both, you would need to conclude that. Seems clear to me anyway.

  4. How long will he continue to dine out on those 7 Slams given that the real legends of the game are 14+?

  5. Serena Williams is more or less a man playing women. The girl is a physical brute who I've always suspected of dabbling in PED's and in her prime, was so far beyond the strength and power of any other woman that it was virtually impossible to beat her.

  6. McEnroe is an extremely intelligent individual – think Einstein and you're in the right ballpark. He's also crippled by a taint of autism of which he is no doubt aware.

    He's OK in my book.

  7. Freaking sellout

    Can’t even host his show without telling a lie.

    We should just do away with title 9 sports and see how well women fair

  8. The key is that he didn't say what he did at first. He gave her a great compliment, and it wasn't until later when the NPR reporter asked "why qualify it" where he was pressured to explain himself. If he had just, out of nowhere, come out and said that Serena Williams would be ranked 700th as a man, then, even though that's roughly true, I would agree that's a little douchy and disrespectful. But that's not what happened! He was pressured by an ideologue into explaining why she isn't the best tennis player in the world, man or women. It's so depressing and frightening that otherwise smart people descend to single digit IQs as soon as the subject turns to race, gender, sexuality etc.

  9. It's funny how this TV hosts are always kissing feminists ass. Put Serena vs Novak in a match and let's see destruction happen. Man's tennis game is just another level.

  10. God Almighty pansy-ass political correctness is ruining this country. But good for you John. Never back down.

  11. So when o saw federer is the best male tennis player that fine but saying best female is wrong. Perfectic

  12. People keep talking that men are stronger and that makes them better but what makes being strong someone better. There is a reason males play against males and females play against females. The men who are so pissed seem like a woman came up to them and asked them to give birth to a child

  13. McEnroe would beat her 6-0 6-0 , for fucks sake I beat the no 2 women in the world when I was a teaching pro

  14. idk much about others sports but im pretty sure that any 20 y old tennis player top 50 in their country no matter how small can beat 2-0 serena easy. its just different man.

  15. Serena is the best athlete in the last 100 years. Seriously?

    Since when did telling the absolute 100% truth get you into trouble. Humanity 🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️

  16. He was the best tennis player in the world, but fuck that, the chubby crowd knows better than him what a top tennis player is, sounds so reasonable.

  17. John did not say anything but the truth. Nothing contreversial. Only politically correct snowflakes who want to censor people are making this a big deal.

  18. How the hell is what he said controversial or even news? Is it just that a hard truth rather than a comforting lie was told. John is so stunning and brave corgis comments.

  19. John said something 100% of people know is true and only about 50% are willing to agree. The sheeps are out

  20. Men are so proud of having testosterone. Bitch you were born with it. You’re not special🤣 Like y’all think you’re better than everyone bc u were born a certain way. Damn mindsets never change😅 But anyways.. don’t rain on people’s success. You’re just mad that the Williams are rich and famous but nobody knows your name🙃 Still feel superior? AHAHAHAHAH🤣🤣

  21. It's "Wimbledon" not "WimbleTon", Steve. I don't think you should even talk about tennis if you can't even pronounce the name of one of the most iconic tennis tournaments in history properly.

  22. Why shouldn't he? What's the deal about him saying something that is abso-friggin-lutely obvious, normal and in no imaginable way offensive? Dude, I remember some sports anchor saying that possibly even the top 1,500 guys in men's tennis could beat Serena in a match. So? Who cares? Serena's Hitting Partner till 2015 used to be Sascha Bajin, who doesn't even show up on 2015's list of the top 500 male tennis players, yet he was the better player. So whaaaaaaahahaaaaat? That's why on the elite level, women do not compete against men in sports! It's as easy as that! And there's absolutely no big deal about it – except you want to make one out of it.

  23. What a boring ignorant fool that cu*t interviewer is.How the fu*k he has is own show is beyond me.I had to stop watching this half way through as I couldn't take any more of his constant interuptions of McEnroe.As for McEnroe he was 100% correct when he said Williams would lose to the 700th ranked mens player.In fact I would say the 1000th ranked mens player.The simple fact is in every single sport men are far superior than women by a long way and the records prove that.Its not being sexist but a FACT.

  24. It's particularly ironic that it's on The Late Show that McEnroe is being raked over the coals for his words because it was on this same show that Serena Williams herself expressed the same exact sentiment as McEnroe. She herself adamantly stated that she would be handily beaten by a top male tennis player in an interview with David Letterman when he hosted the show back in 2013. Just search YouTube for 'SERENA WILLIAMS – DAVID LETTERMAN – INTERVIEW' to find the clip.

  25. I am a big time Serena fan, on any given day she might be able to beat anyone male or female. Biology says she probably wouldn't beat most men esp ranked men or top college players. Women are girls , more times then not is taken as a slight rather then meant as a slight. Unbunch your panties and be offended by true offenses and not turns of phrases.

  26. Just for comparison sake, an out of shape Jimmy Connors played Martina Navratilova in her prime years back and beat her very easily. The other factor in that match is that Martina was allowed the doubles court and two serves. Connors was only allowed one serve and the single court lines.

  27. Best in last 100 years? Williams? Not even close. I guess Colbert has never heard of Rico Verhoeven. Or countless others.

  28. The sexist comments under this video need to stop. Comparing men and women tennis players is completely wrong. They are different sports that should not be compared .

  29. I love how ignorant liberals with an agenda (in this case, the host) have to continually attempt to make sane people apologetic for their stance or point of view. Accept it, he's right. There are two genders, male and female, and men are physically stronger and have a cognitive advantage in sport.

  30. McEnroe keeps it real which is not what the snowflakes like. If you ever saw a men's live pro tournament, you would see what he means. Its not like on tv.

  31. It was your typical feminist sjw that started this all by asking why McEnroe just had to clarify Serena as the greatest womens tennis player of all time and not simply the greatest tennis player of all time. These sjw are the worst. They find great offense for the most minute reason even when none exists.
    There is unequal pay in tennis. Women are getting paid more because they only play 3 sets vs 5 sets for men. They should change the rule and have women start playing 5 sets which I believe they are perfectly capable of.

  32. Wow, Colbert has really sold out. He is truly unwatchable these days. No personal opinions, only mainstream political correctness. I miss Dave. This sucks.

  33. transgender serena and venus red muscle mass and white fast twitch man muscles from transgender surgery . their real names are lamont and marcel. they are transgenders

  34. Women should not be paid the same as the men in singles – as they do not play the same number of games. Grand Slams are best of 3 for the women – but always 5 for the men.

  35. If you are able to move Serena a little bit around the court, she is falling apart. You could see this against Roberta Vinci some yeas ago in the semifinal. Serena has still the best service and best groundstrokes in the women's tennis. But only, if she does not need to run much.

  36. always have disliked him way way back when he and conners shouted/swaggered their entitled mannerisms in and around the courts, oh yes, he's mellowed with age. however, I never watch his know-it-all brand of tennis commentary today.. Always watch listen to the UK commentary instead.

  37. Well John, my best advice on how to live in today's world, go listen to that song called "Some things are better left unsaid" by a famous duo

  38. Here is my horoscope analysis of the 2019 US Open Tennis Champion Bianca Andreescu. What a remarkable achievement at only 19. Bianca truly has the heart of a champion. Congrats to her and her lovely parents and grandparents and all Canadians! https://zurl.co/Xclr

  39. This is the FIRST TIME i have seen BIG MAC on a "TALK" show
    Do you honestly think he wants to be there?
    He is only there to flog his Book and not listen to this JACKASS
    And what is with American audiences? If someone FARTED they would laugh

  40. wow the trolls are out for this one lol .theres more than gender when it comes to what makes a player great.without the williams sisters tennis would never be where its at. they are legendary and yes they would wup his ass

  41. Serana Williams is showing her true colors now that time is catching up to her and her dominance is fading. She is a sore loser and instead of losing with character and congradulating the victor she uses excuses and blames everyone except her aging self. It's sad to see how a career can be tarnished due to lack of character.

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