There are certain truths that no matter how true should never be mentioned out of concern for igniting a controversy among the perpetually offended.
Novak Djokovic, the world number one ranked tennis player, failed to heed that advice in comments he made after winning the Indian Wells stop of the professional tour for the fifth time.
Fools (and jokers) rush in where angels fear to tread, it seems, and Djokovic fanned the flames of inequality when he said that men should earn bigger prizemoney than women tennis players because men attract more spectators.
No one could argue the truth that the laws of supply and demand ultimately determine who wins how much, but in the current atmosphere of political and gender correctness, Djokovic’s comments are the type of thing that should remain firmly in the realm of thoughts and never be given life in the form of words.
Serena Williams, the last person anyone would want to risk offending, was quick to condemn Djokovic’s somewhat sexist remarks, which were made in response to tournament director Raymond Moore’s rather inelegant remarks. Moore, a 69-year-old former player from South Africa, was quoted as saying, “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they carried this sport.”
Moore later apologised, but the damage was done.