>>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.

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Dennis Veasley

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

  1. If things continue to go the way it is, some day people who tell the truth about the difference between male and female will all disappear, or jailed.

  2. The question is why did npr have to raise the issue in the first place of whether she is the greatest tennis player period? The women and men play in separate matches for a reason

  3. If there's a person alive that thinks Serena could beat any Top 100 male pro, you just don't watch the same game I do. In fact, I'll go one step further…ANY #1 NCAA male player would destroy Serena Williams with little effort. Probably 6-1, 6-1 on average. Any college #1 man…Texas, Florida, UCLA, Stanford, Harvard, Georgia, you name the school. This really isn't debatable. On Serena's best day she wouldn't come close. Fed or Novak or Nadal would toy with her and make her look silly. Fed would slice and dice her, drop shot, backhand blow by at the net so fast her head would spin. Novak would pummel her into submission like a heavyweight vs a middleweight. Nadal…lol…Nadal just might make her give up mid match. His overall athleticsm would break her ankles.

  4. Serena would not make any money on the men's Tour, she is a talented female but cannot cut it with the men and we women should just accept that fact.

  5. Apparently people who live in reality are racist sexist bigots to the libtards, who think a man in a dress is a woman and a 9 month old baby with a heartbeat in the womb is just a clump of cells. Progressive liberals are the bottom feeders of society.

  6. I have enormous respect for Colbert, but did he just say WimbleTon?! Twice?! Then for a guy of French extraction to butcher the words Le Bernadin was inexcusable. Get a hold of yourself Steve!

  7. Why the hell is it even surprising that she would be 700 in the world on the men’s circuit. Men and woman are different. People are idiots.

  8. Did you notice that very few Sports stations covered the game in which Serena lost to the 214 ranked male in her competition to prove McEnroe wrong,.

  9. It would’ve been nice for Stephen to tolerate McEnroe actually explaining the reason for what he said. That would be asking too much though wouldn’t it…

  10. Serena is a trans man. Mac is a trans woman. There are no real men or women in sports. All are reversos. All worship the Image of the Beast that is Baphomet. Rev 13.

  11. I have the utmost respect for John McEnroe, as well as like him a great deal.

    I watched him at his peak (destroying Connors at Wimbledon, for example) ;
    i could plainly see that he was always correct to challenge the line calls that he did.

    A player who has won SEVENTEEN Grand Slams (7 Singles, 9 Doubles, 1 Mixed Doubles)
    has to know 'something' about Tennis, surely !

    Thus, when he states that Serena Williams would be ranked only as high as 700 in The World (in The Men's Circuit),
    clearly that is a statement of FACT and not of any form of prejudice.

    Serena Williams simply cannot be compared with the likes of McEnroe, Borg, Becker, Sampras, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, et al.
    That is a FACT.

    The 'politically correct', emaciated, and emasculated, 'brigade' simply cannot, or will not, comprehend that this man McEnroe 'tells it like it is'.

    What a pity for you all.

  12. i like Jonny mac.  it seems to me that Chrisy Evert once said Martina Nav. would be like #1000 on men´s tour.

  13. How is this controversial? Even Serena would agree with him. In reality, she would not even crack top 200 in men’s tennis.

  14. The US women’s team just won the World Cup and they are the best team in the world in the women’s scene but if they were to play would the men’s US team who suck they would get completely obliterated.

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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🤣🤣

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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 .

  43. 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.

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