Richard Williams Wants His Youngest Child To Become The Next… Donald Sterling?
There are some peculiar comments from Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, in this week's edition of The New Yorker. The piece, "Tiger Dad," reminds us of Williams' struggle growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana and how he raised two girls in Compton to become world-class tennis players.
Williams has a young son, a 22-month-old Dylan, with his third wife, Lakeisha Graham. Considering how good Williams was at turning his daughters into champions, you might think he has similar plans for Dylan.
Nope (emphasis ours):
Williams doesn’t want Dylan playing tennis. “With the things I know now, Venus and Serena wouldn’t have been there,” he said. “Look at Donald Sterling. . . . What sport do you think he played? Not one! And he makes enough to pay every single player.” Richard had wanted Serena and Venus to become millionaires; his goal for Dylan has three additional zeroes. “He’ll never be a billionaire in tennis,” he said.
Okay. I see what Williams was going for there -- Sterling didn't need sports to become wealthy and powerful, and he's an example of how just about anyone can achieve success if they work for it -- but giving your rich and famous and influential daughters an unfavorable comparison to Donald Sterling probably isn't the best call. Sends the wrong message. Gives us the wrong idea about what "success" means. How about "being a good person"? Where does Sterling rank on that list?
The eldest Williams has made a life, a career and a legacy on not giving a fuck what people think, and this is no exception. We'll see if Dylan becomes a Zimbabwe gold magnate (yes: his plan for Dylan's riches involve gold mines in Zimbabwe) like his dad wants. Maybe then Richard will finally relax and stop worrying about money.
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