Below is a segment of the transcript of the NPR interview that started this whole absurd distraction (while Trump ramps up cronyism and corruption to a level not seen since late 19th century under the spoils system)
Lulu Garcia-Navarro: We’re talking about male players but there is of course wonderful female players. Let’s talk about Serena Williams. You say she is the best female player in the world in the book.
McEnroe: Best female player ever — no question.
Garcia-Navarro: Some wouldn’t qualify it, some would say she’s the best player in the world. Why qualify it?
McEnroe: Oh! Uh, she’s not, you mean, the best player in the world, period?
Garcia-Navarro: Yeah, the best tennis player in the world. You know, why say female player?
McEnroe: Well because if she was in, if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.
It’s pretty clear to me that McEnroe was not trolling. He did not insert his unsolicited thoughts with the intent to rile people up. He was asked a question during an interview and he responded honestly.
If you want to lecture anyone, maybe you should lecture Lulu Garcia-Navarro. She either doesn’t understand that there are biological differences between males and females (I doubt it) or she was trying to start a controversy by needling McEnroe with “Why qualify it?”.