Roger Rasheed, former coach of Lleyton Hewitt and commentator in Australia, caused a controversy yesterday when he showed an explicit shot of Venus Williams' backside and commented to his female colleagues: "Take a look at this now. Make or think as you will, ladies, but for me, that's a pretty good sight."
Rasheed is free to admire any part of Venus Williams' body that he wishes to admire, but for him to make a public comment about it, and for the network to show the shot it showed is offensive not only to Williams, but to women's tennis, women's sports, female fans, and all our daughters.
Fortunately, a number of people phoned in to complain about the incident.
But don't get too happy--it is stunning how many fans--male and female--are totally baffled that anyone would find anything wrong with what Rasheed and the network did. Can you say "consciousness raising"?
This is not the first time Rasheed has caused a stir at the 2008 Australian Open: The other day, he accused both Jankovic and Paszek of faking their injuries.