WNBA Legend Chamique Holdsclaw Calls Out Jameis Winston For Telling Girls To Be ‘Silent’ (Video)
Recently, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston lectured a classroom full of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and gave life lessons and prescribed gender roles.
“Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.”
But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”
WNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw got wind of these comments and she came firing back, telling the Buccaneers quarterback that girls shouldn’t be silent, they should be confident.
“We have to teach these men and boys not to tear us down,” Holdsclaw told TMZ Sports.
“That’s what drives us to be great,” said Holdsclaw. “We would have looked at him [Winston] like, really? You’re telling us to be silent? We already get the scraps!”
She did, however, feel like Winston had good intentions with his speech.
“It’s a tough one,” said Holdsclaw. “When I read into it more I can understand what he was doing, as far as him speaking to young men. I know that he’s had his struggles and I understand that he probably took a stand, said like, ‘look you need to be a leader.’ But at the same token, young girls to be silent? That’s not the way I was raised.”
“When I’m out there ministering to young girls, I’m telling them you got to be your authentic self. You can’t be stuck in a box. You can’t heed to traditional stereotypes of what a woman should be,” she said.