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NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT NIKE'S SMART MOUTHS TO NBC'S ANN MEYERS
Published June 16, 1998
NBC WNBA announcer Ann Meyers said that the new WNBA- Nike spots, which feature little girls with "a smart mouth," lack "respect," according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Meyers: "As a woman, as a mother and as an athlete, I didn't appreciate it." Meyers, on Nike's NBA "Fun Police" spots, in particular one that teaches young girls how to "talk trash": "I'm totally not for that. I know that as advertisers that they are looking for something that will catch the eye of young people, but to continue to show disrespect is wrong." Meyers said her concerns "are not limited to advertisers," and include NBA players and her own network. Meyers: "Scottie Pippen's comment that 'Oh, Utah ought to wait for the WNBA to start' -- I would like to see more respect. I would like to see ESPN highlights. They're one of the networks doing the games. Did you see any highlights the other night? ... I'd like to see NBC show more highlights" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/15).