Former professional tennis player Zina Garrison joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the controversy surrounding attacks on Serena Williams for her physique and claims she used steroids.
Garrison told Martin she believes the allegations that Williams used steroids are “absolutely ridiculous.” She said the Women’s Tennis Association has one of the strongest, if not the strongest rules next to the Olympics, as far as drug testing is concerned.
“Serena has been muscular for quite some time — as long as I’ve known her. I’ve known her since she was seven-years-old, by the time she hit fifteen, she’s had problems with her weight going up and down — she is fit, and every time when someone gets an opportunity to do what she’s doing — even Martina Navratilova had the same similar question come up all the time.”
She continued, “I would like to see Americans stop — to just enjoy what’s happening as far as history is concerned and stop worrying about whether someone is cheating. Because when we do get into a situation with people we do know are cheating, we sometimes choose not to address them.”
Later on during the show, Garrison questioned Serena Williams’ critics saying, “Every time a top tennis player is at the max of doing something that has the chance to do or break history, they have to be cheating.”
Garrison continued that we have the opportunity to witness history if Williams captures the U.S. Open title, instead, “we’re on this conversation talking about the way she looks and possible steroids.”
David Frum Attempts To Clarify Tweets About Serena Williams And Steroids
Former Bush speechwriter David Frum joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to clarify the remarks he made on Twitter regarding Serena Williams and steroids.
Frum explained that after commenting on a New York Times article that discussed the body image of Williams and other tennis players, he posted two tweets on his public timeline, followed by a quote from the story.
During a Twitter exchange with one of his followers, Frum said that three of the tweets he intended as a direct message were posted to his public timeline as a result of his “own incompetence.”
What Should We Expect Pres. Obama To Say During His NAACP Convention Address?
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the Annual NAACP Convention, marking the second time he has spoken to the historic civil rights organization during his presidency.
Mr. Obama is expected to address criminal justice reform during his remarks. Roland Martin and theNewsOne Now panel discussed what the President should say to move the issue forward.
NewsOne Now panelist Cleo Manago, a behavioral health expert, said Pres. Obama should “finally connect the issue of racism and racist thinking to the criminal justice system.” Manago also highlighted the history of “imbalance” as it relates to the over incarceration and criminalization of African-Americans.
Manago added, “It would be nice if he actually addressed that in direct ways.”
Attorney Monique Pressley, Principal of Pressley Firm, PLLC said, “We need the nuts and bolts of what has to actually be done” to make systematic changes to America’s criminal justice system. Pressley also believes the need for police body cameras should be addressed by President Obama, as well as racial profiling recommendations that Congress can act on, and race sensitivity training.
“There is much that he should say and I think that he should put some meat in the message,” said Pressley.
Ray Baker of Ray Baker Media explained that Pres. Obama should speak to the issue from the standpoint “of those who are concerned with economic values” by discussing the “tons and tons of money if we can transition folks who are non-violent drug offenders out of the criminal justice system.” Baker also stated Mr. Obama should speak to the issue from the standpoint of those who are concerned with over policing — “the systematic and racist way that the criminal justice system approached African-Americans.”
“There is enough space in this one issue to galvanize and bring together so many different people,” said Baker.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast