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Tennis media blows chance to ask Serena Williams about misbehaving Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins generally have been avoiding questions regarding the team’s offseason outbreak of bad behavior, punctuated by defensive end Phillip Merling allegedly punching his pregnant girlfriend.

Recently, Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel tried to obtain on-the-record reactions from some of the high-profile female co-owners of the franchise.  But the folks who handle such matters for Gloria Estefan, Venus and Serena Williams, and Fergie either ignored the requests or referred all questions back to the Dolphins.

After Serena Williams won on Saturday a championship at the possible location for Mike Vick’s next “All White” party, she attended a press conference to discuss the victory (apparently, she only shows up when she wins).  The assembled media had their chance to get what could have been a potent sound bite regarding the men partially in her employ who choose to break the law by, among other things, beating up on pregnant women.

So what did the media do?  They asked her about LeBron James. 

Seriously.

Here’s the proof.

 
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60 Responses to “Tennis media blows chance to ask Serena Williams about misbehaving Dolphins”
  1. MBurkett says: Jul 5, 2010 11:12 AM

    What did you expect! Media journalist, and I use that term loosely, are lap dogs to the media mogals that own the news outlets.

  2. bobbyd12 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:20 AM

    Seriously, just like “your mom a ho?” question, no one cares. Whatever vendetta you have against the Dolphins has really become obvious. Serena Williams is like zero percent owner of the Dolphins. She plays tennis, if your interested in Serena’s reaction change your blog to ProTennisTalk.com. you might actually better articles.

  3. Dixon29 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:26 AM

    With Serena’s temper (remember the poor ball girl) I would have been scared to ask her that too. Besides, unless it is Rhianna of some other important celebrity female, these things just get swept under the rug. Look at the two woman whose lives were forever scarred by Ben Roethlisberger.

  4. Dave J says: Jul 5, 2010 11:35 AM

    How much of the franchise does she even own? A fraction of a percent?

  5. TexasBubba says: Jul 5, 2010 11:35 AM

    Hey give the beautiful lady Serena a break

  6. twan7272 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:37 AM

    What is your problem with the Dolphins? I thought media outlets were not suppose to chose sides or play favorites? You are really reaching with this one. Another crappy article from Dwight Schrute. Good job buddy.

  7. NickSabanSucks says: Jul 5, 2010 11:41 AM

    I’m sure she’s outraged and yelling at Parcells and Ireland every ten minutes to cut him. Her voice reigns supreme throughout that office and the mere thought her heavy hand makes even the toughest of employees tremble with fear. Recently, I’ve heard the only individual more angered at this team comprised of the most terrible inhabitants of the earth is in fact Mike Florio. Of course, if Serena had a blog like Florio she could find random unrelated stories and use them to label the dolphins as criminals too…
    I’d actually be surprised if Serena even knew who Phillip Merling is

  8. steelerer says: Jul 5, 2010 11:46 AM

    Wow florio, now your posting stories just to bait people? How in world is this even a story here?

  9. Devoe1129 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:46 AM

    Mike Florio blows chance to become a credible news writer.

  10. CaptainMarvel says: Jul 5, 2010 11:49 AM

    Lol – who cares what Serena thinks about the Dolphins – I probably know 10X more about football than her.

  11. promichael says: Jul 5, 2010 11:49 AM

    Florio what exactly does that clip prove? Did
    the Mara’s (N.Y. Giants owners) get asked any questions about having a thug like Plaxico Burress on their team. He won a Super Bowl for them. Your logic is that media should ask any and all questions of an owner’s misbehaving players. There is a league process and of course a criminal process. Florio what would happen if one of your independent writers was accused of DUI. Would you be responsible to answer all questions about the DUI arrest just because of poor judgement shown by one of your writers. Florio your so transparent regarding your hate for Bill Parcells and the team he is executive Vice President for, the Miami Dolphins

  12. PAJoe says: Jul 5, 2010 11:55 AM

    Has she been tested, whatever test they do to see if you are a man or woman?

  13. Bob Nelson says: Jul 5, 2010 11:56 AM

    That is a funny story. I enjoyed the writing.

  14. Citizen Strange says: Jul 5, 2010 11:56 AM

    I hate to say it but the tennis media really screwed the pooch on this one.

  15. csloan99 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:58 AM

    Oh man, I was absolutely DYING to hear Serena Williams’ take on the issue, but they’ve deprived me instead. I’m crushed.
    Seriously, who cares what this guy (girl?) has to say about a team and sport she barely knows?

  16. Ska4Life says: Jul 5, 2010 12:01 PM

    Gotta keep pumping those stories out. Even the hate comments are extra clicks. Enjoy.

  17. promichael says: Jul 5, 2010 12:02 PM

    Florio media outlets are supposed to be objective! Your site is living proof that objectivity is no longer part of new age jounalism……or is it just your brand of journalism.

  18. Securb says: Jul 5, 2010 12:09 PM

    Fortunately the media at the press conference were not as dumb as you. The Dolphins are an investment for Williams she has nothing to do with the operations of the team. Asking her about Philip Merling would be like asking her what she was gong to do about the oil spill if she owned BP stock. At this point I am trying to figure out if you are really this stupid or you think your readers are.

  19. j.e.t.s. suck suck suck says: Jul 5, 2010 12:11 PM

    Florio, you give “tool” a bad name…
    Seriously, I would expect this kind of mindless trash talk from a jet’s fan, not froma respected journalist…oh wait, my mistake…I thought you were Mike Golik.
    You pressing this issue is akin to some monotonous imp pressing you on the issue of the oilspill in the Gulf of Mexico when you simply buy gas at your local AM/PM Minimart.
    Serena owns—what…00000032% of the fins franchise. Her ownership in the Fins is about the same as yours in NBC.

  20. Nola5712 says: Jul 5, 2010 12:11 PM

    @twan7272
    dwight schrute bahahahahahaha

  21. winslow says: Jul 5, 2010 12:13 PM

    The media could have done the sporting public a great service by asking Serena to reveal her exercise regimen. We all would like to have those tree trunk thighs and Hulk Hogan-style 24″ inch pythons, just like the lovely and feminine Serena.

  22. robhug71 says: Jul 5, 2010 12:13 PM

    This is no different that Saints coach Sean Payton being paraded all around ESPN last week and no one having the balls to quiz him on his pain-killer accusations.
    Payton was instead selling a book about how the Saints saved the people of New Orleans from committing suicide.
    What a joke!!!

  23. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jul 5, 2010 12:14 PM

    Why does Florio hate every team in the NFL… and the USA?

  24. jkiddrock says: Jul 5, 2010 12:21 PM

    Give the guy a break, he just won a tournament and wasn’t thinking about football.
    Obviously the guy needs a haircut; his hair looks so girly.

  25. ZombieRevolution says: Jul 5, 2010 12:30 PM

    “PFT media blows chance to ask Serena Williams about misbehaving Dolphins”
    PFT staff, once again too lazy to move from their chairs miss chance to ask Serena Williams about misbehaving Dolphins. Seriously- Florio and the rest of the PFT staff are content to sit at their computers and write about what others should do. Lazy journalism at its best- and they get paid to do this….

  26. Opie says: Jul 5, 2010 12:30 PM

    @ Cornflorio: just stop it. You sound like a grade school drama queen.
    To think, the woman won one of most prestigious prizes in the sports world and yet no one thought to get her to answer a question about something that the rest of the world doesn’t give two shits about….thereby helping your “career” as a blogger….
    shame on them. You should call all the members of the press who were there and demand they give you their reason for not asking that question. Then post a post about it….

  27. Kevin from Philly says: Jul 5, 2010 12:39 PM

    Ask her why she hates Fred, but is always sweet and polite to Lamont.

  28. Eyeregard says: Jul 5, 2010 12:54 PM

    Leave Serina alone, he’s a good guy!

  29. this class sucks says: Jul 5, 2010 12:55 PM

    Pretty bad Florio. What would she have even say? She would probably do what every other owner in the NFL does, blow off the questions. This is just stupid.
    I have a new system Florio, everytime I read a well written informative article I am going to click on an add to give you some revenue, everytime I read an article like this…well I can’t really think of anything…but still.

  30. lololnpnp says: Jul 5, 2010 12:56 PM

    Its incredibly amazing to me that there are still issues of the PFT NFL season preview sitting on newsstands as we speak. With your cutting edge analysis (see: made up) and thought provoking angles (see: hahaha) one would think that issue would be the single greatest magazine ever written about any sport.
    On a somewhat related story, I just sold all my NBC stock. It appears your writing, not the network losing hundreds of millions of dollars each year, is what finally did it. :(

  31. chris says: Jul 5, 2010 1:16 PM

    WHY? Why is the Sun-Sentinal(fort Lauderdale) trying sooooo hard for a reaction? WHY?. Whats the angle, what is the point? This such a non-issue with us,the fans. There has been none trial,found guilty,did it, do not do it..blah blah blah…WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK…I DON’T AND IM SURE MOST FANS DON’T

  32. CaptainFantastik says: Jul 5, 2010 1:26 PM

    Believe it or not Florio, not everybody in the media is a muckraking tabloid blogger and a slave to the soundbite. Hard to believe, I know.

  33. Sock_Puppet says: Jul 5, 2010 1:27 PM

    Should have shortened your title and it would have been just as relevant.
    Tennis Media Blows…

  34. DevastationInc says: Jul 5, 2010 1:40 PM

    This site is a turd.

  35. GRpatriot says: Jul 5, 2010 1:42 PM

    Florio, why don’t you just talk to Bill Parcells?

  36. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jul 5, 2010 1:53 PM

    I have to agree with zombie on this florio,if this is such a major issue that you feel must be addressed then why don’t you or your staff get off your lazy ass and attend a press conference?untill you do you have no right to say anybody blew it.is there a reason you don’t attend any press conferences?wait that would require you to get media credentials and since your not real media guess that leaves you out.

  37. SomeFans says: Jul 5, 2010 1:55 PM

    Gotta be one of the lamest attempt of a story I’ve seen here- and that says alot.
    Nothing to see here- move along Floria. (and the media wonders why no one will speak with them… hum)

  38. this class sucks says: Jul 5, 2010 2:13 PM

    Wow, some people making fun of Serena Williams, one of the best tennis players in history. I guess people can’t handle a successful black female athlete.
    (there’s a comment boost for you Florio)

  39. Shaun Lowrie says: Jul 5, 2010 2:21 PM

    PRRRRRRRRRRRRRETTYYYYYYYYYYYYY Bad. Pretty bad.

  40. east96street. says: Jul 5, 2010 2:46 PM

    steelerer says:
    “Wow florio, now your posting stories just to bait people?”
    Nope. He’s been doing since before the merger with NBC. After the merger, it became a five to eight times a day thing for him. Before, it was only once or twice a day. He keeps laughing all the way to the bank.

  41. Bazooka Joe says: Jul 5, 2010 2:52 PM

    Dixon29 says:
    July 5, 2010 11:26 AM
    With Serena’s temper (remember the poor ball girl) I would have been scared to ask her that too. Besides, unless it is Rhianna of some other important celebrity female, these things just get swept under the rug. Look at the two woman whose lives were forever scarred by Ben Roethlisberger.
    I guess it’s only okay, in your “mind”, that white tennis players like John McEnroe can lose their tempers. When Serena does it ONCE, then all of a sudden she has “anger issues.” Go back in your trailer and stop using your daughter as you second wife.

  42. TheWizard says: Jul 5, 2010 2:58 PM

    Only Republican owners can be involved in controversy.
    Liberals are never pressed with tough questions.
    It is the way of things. For a time yet.

  43. Ripp says: Jul 5, 2010 3:05 PM

    Not all the media is out to make the Dolphins look bad like you are Florio. I think you have some sick perverse obsession with the Dolphins. I suggest you get some help. Seriously!

  44. FinFan says: Jul 5, 2010 3:33 PM

    Slow news day eh?

  45. TryTheVeal says: Jul 5, 2010 4:12 PM

    Who the hell would watch a press conference after a tennis match anyway?

  46. NCFINFAN13 says: Jul 5, 2010 5:03 PM

    Florio you’re an idiot.

  47. DirtDawg55 says: Jul 5, 2010 5:50 PM

    Serena Williams is a woman?

  48. FOUR17 says: Jul 5, 2010 5:53 PM

    What a f*king as*hole you are. Not only is she a minority & SILENT partner, the issue you bring up is one for management, not ownership on any level. That’s why they hire a staff of coaches and GM’s Also get you f*king facts straight, she attends press conferences 99.9% of the time. Whatever her reason for not attending one is hers alone and does not need to be explained to you. The “poor ball girl” referenced in your peice of sh*t article was in reality a line judge that had called a foot fault in error. Tennis is the place to talk about tennis and is not the place to ask questions about football.
    And, what in the f*ck does Miochael Vick or his ALL WHITE PARTY have to do with tennis or Serena, you inbred right wing communist racist?
    You should get a real life and earn a perspective on what a real journalist is and does.

  49. Stone says: Jul 5, 2010 6:06 PM

    You’re the only person that cares about this story, Florio.

  50. Stone says: Jul 5, 2010 6:14 PM

    Oh, and nice wig Serena.

  51. B.Rubble says: Jul 5, 2010 8:33 PM

    “I guess it’s only okay, in your “mind”, that white tennis players like John McEnroe can lose their tempers. When Serena does it ONCE, then all of a sudden she has “anger issues.” Go back in your trailer and stop using your daughter as you second wife. ”
    The difference between John and Serena is that John may have cussed and raised hell, but I don’t think he once threatened to “ram the f***ing ball down the f***ing throat” of the female line judge.
    McEnroe cussed, yelled and threw temper tantrums while Serena PHYSICALLY threatened someone who was much smaller and weaker than himself.

  52. Sokratez67 says: Jul 5, 2010 9:14 PM

    Florio,
    Did you even notice that was Venus Williams, NOT Serena. Get your facts correct first, before you start antagonizing people. Step it up.

  53. Jon Evans says: Jul 5, 2010 10:36 PM

    So if I happen to find an NHL player that owns a small portion of the Dolphins and when I am about to ask questions to him after he wins the Stanley Cup… I should go way off topic and bait him into an answer in which I could burn him either way? haha

  54. this class sucks says: Jul 5, 2010 11:56 PM

    Haha what moron said John McCenroe didn’t threaten people? He did all the time! “I’m gonna f’in kill you” is one shining example. If you think Serena Williams is bad for threatening to beat up a judge than you have never played sports.
    I have never thought PFT as a while was racist, but clearly the people bashing Serena can’t handle a successful black woman athlete. If it makes you feel better she is richer than all of you and owns part of a football team. I am jealous too, although my jealousy is magnified by her gender or skin color. BTW I would hit that.

  55. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 6, 2010 11:05 AM

    # this class sucks says: July 5, 2010 11:56 PM
    Haha what moron said John McCenroe didn’t threaten people? He did all the time! “I’m gonna f’in kill you” is one shining example. If you think Serena Williams is bad for threatening to beat up a judge than you have never played sports.
    I have never thought PFT as a while was racist, but clearly the people bashing Serena can’t handle a successful black woman athlete. If it makes you feel better she is richer than all of you and owns part of a football team. I am jealous too, although my jealousy is magnified by her gender or skin color. BTW I would hit that.
    ————————————————————
    Dumb Steeler fan strikes again.

  56. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 6, 2010 11:06 AM

    Why is there a video of Mr. Ed on this post…..wait that is Serena Williams? That’s a shame.

  57. B.Rubble says: Jul 6, 2010 11:22 AM

    “Haha what moron said John McCenroe didn’t threaten people? He did all the time! “I’m gonna f’in kill you” is one shining example. If you think Serena Williams is bad for threatening to beat up a judge than you have never played sports.”
    What he did all of the time was drop F bombs and berate the officials. He never threatened with physical violence.
    Show me proof of this “shining example.” People like you crack me up with your “he said, she said” but never once back it up with proof.

  58. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 6, 2010 12:39 PM

    Who cares what she thinks?
    Maybe no one asked the question because NO ONE CARES. PFT quickly turning into TMZ, jesus.

  59. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Jul 6, 2010 1:51 PM

    # Kevin from Philly says: July 5, 2010 12:39 PM
    Ask her why she hates Fred, but is always sweet and polite to Lamont.
    ————————————————
    LOL LOL – can’t stop laughing – Great!

  60. 2buku4u says: Jul 6, 2010 6:30 PM

    Florio must enjoy looking like a tool, but I think he likes all the attention even more…so I have a suggestion. Next time an anti-Dolphin story is written by this douche, NONE OF US COMMENTS! Maybe then he’ll stop acting like such a punk…

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