December 19, 2007

John McEnroe Speaks

Posted in ATP Tennis, Christian Tennis Player, International Christian Tennis Association, John McEnroe, Leadership, Russian Mafia, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, Tennis Gambling tagged , , at 8:07 pm by Scott Paschal

Mac, are you reading my blog?

If you are, pick up the phone and call me… 386 793 0557.

Our conversation will stay private.

For those of you just waking up to the fact that tennis is a multi-billion $ global industry in which potentially massive corruption exists, you need to know that John McEnroe recently threw down to the international media about the possibility of the Russian mafia having infiltrated pro tennis.

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ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, with Ultimate Impact Tennis Academy students

Yep, he actually said Russian mafia…

Like he would know.

(Ana, Josh, me, Emma, and Newb at Christian event)

Not that he’s wrong, but in his sheltered, celebrity-type world he has no idea who he just hacked off.

Like I would know, huh?

So, why did I ask if JMac drove in and gassed up at my blog? Isn’t this just supposed to be some churchy e-place?

It was recently brought to my attention that Mac’s statements were almost word for word what I had written in a recent article.

Is this pure coincidence? The probability is pretty low given the wording and the timing, but it is a possibility. I really don’t know.

What I had written was, again, to help open the eyes of a distracted tennis public towards “swept under the rug” aspects of tennis. Tennis can be a dangerous, dark place no matter where where you sit in the food chain.

For example, take a look at this up to the minute piece of news I received while most in America are asleep tonite…

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian tennis star Anna Chakvetadze was tied up by masked robbers who broke into her home Tuesday and stole money and goods worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, her father said.

Six assailants approached the home before dawn, tied up a maid in another building and forced her to hand over a remote control enabling them to enter the house through the garage, Dzhamal Chakvetadze told NTV.

“They started to beat me, and I resisted. They hit me over the head with, I think, a pistol butt. It was dark,” he said, taking off his cap to show his bruised scalp. “They took out a pistol and told me my child was at home — reminded me — and they told me to hand everything over. I did.”

Police and Tarpishchev said the assailants tied up Chakvetadze and her parents, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. Tarpishchev said the 20-year-old player “tried to resist but it was useless.”

NTV said the robbers took about $106,000 in cash, as well as jewelry and other goods worth about $200,000. End AP report

Watcha think Mac? How safe is your place?

Over the years, I’ve labored to bring public awareness to many tennis issues.

Issues such as…

  • pro players abusing anti-depressant prescription drugs (these powerful drugs keep players from getting nervous before and during matches, and FDA warns these drugs can make young users suicidal),
  • rampant sexual slavery by Russian coaches towards female players (culturally accepted/expected),
  • Eastern European and S. American coaches forcing their female players into eating disorders, etc….
  • and, as the public is now learning, gambling in tennis.

Check out this stat… well over $1,000,000,000 (1 billion $US) was bet on the 2007 US Open alone through just one online gambling shop, Betfare.

Most tennis fans had no idea. Why? Because global tennis industry leaders interested in cashing in on your ignorance want you looking at Federer and Sharapova and Nadal….

They don’t want you to see the corpses of teens who committed suicide from abuses endured while trying to become pro.

Or learn about the mafia potentially manipulating billions of $. Or discover the devastated lives of girls forced into eating disorders… or to discover the legions of homosexual and heterosexual pedophiles posing as tennis coaches. Or to discover the depth of organized crime, particularly as it pertains to financing and developing its own players and coaches!

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Scotty w UITA student, Rand, at Florida junior tennis tournament

And folks, you have NO idea the pressure young Russian players, their coaches, and families are under to succeed, particularly when they are being financed by organized crime.

(ICTA B14 Team member, Rand, and I at a tennis event)

So, back to gambling and the 2007 US Open…. add in the French, Aussie, and Wimbledon… Masters Series… WTA stuff… Davis and Fed Cups… you get the 4-5 billion $ gambling picture, right?

And that number could be projected for just that one online gambling web site!

Let’s bring in possibly 30-50 other major online gambling sites worldwide… and maybe, just maybe someone will understand the potential corruption involved.

Whatever or however, JMac has no business talking about any country’s mafia. He is as soft and as sheltered as they come, and he has little concept of the criminal element he just threw down at. I appreciate his concern, but there is a big difference between a little Christian pastor type guy like me working to bring attention to a huge problem I was introduced to firsthand in tennis, and JMac shouting “whack me” from the rooftops.

The people reading my blog are like a who’s who list, particularly over the last 6-8 months. Nowadays, when I scribble something here it grows legs and gets moving. My hope is grassroots work would begin to bring awareness to topics.

I would venture to say that John McEnroe is now a target. JMac, you don’t want to be a target. McEnroe, himself, might be fairly safe, but possibly someone he cares for may take the wrath intended for him.

Mac, you should have said “organized crime,” if anything, and, more importantly, should have considered speaking through someone else, such as the ATP or ITF.

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Ultimate Impact Tennis Academyfull time player/missionaries at breakfast.

How do I know this? I’m Italian.

I have Italian family.

I know things.

And I’ll leave that at that.

(Rand, Brendan, Dea, Mark, Emma, and Rachel getting lunch in my kitchen)

The Russian mafia, Mac, isn’t a ridiculous Sopranos TV episode. To them, you’re basically trying to “steal” money from one of the most highly organized criminal elements in the world.

Let’s make a guesstimate, and I’ll keep the numbers low. Let’s say 20 billion $US was bet on tennis globally in 2007. How much of that could be corrupt? 3 billion? 3.5?

So, if you are in organized crime and some loudmouth blows the whistle on your $3,000,000,000 territory, what do you do next?

Getting the loudmouth may now be a priority.

Ok, I guess I’ll wrap this up now. You got the point. Mac, give me a call.

Possibly now the reader may have some type of understanding what a pro player may feel when confronted by organized crime. The fear, the loneliness, the insecurity. And there isn’t anything the ATP or WTA can do to protect the player. Nothing.

Just ask Chakvetadze….

The answer to the problem will have to start with bringing morals and standards back into tennis. Strong, healthy, faith-filled personalities are less approachable and less fearful of harmful influences . More organizations like the International Christian Tennis Association need to be developed.

Christian pro players need to stand up and be heard. The current trend of only showing your faith by the way you live your life isn’t cutting it, guys. Never has, never will. This cowardly way may be popular and trendy, but that doesn’t mean it’s effective. No one knows your true lifestyle. How do you sit, stand, walk, eat, pay bills, and drive like a Christian?

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Scott Paschal and full time student, Mark, from Mexico.

The Bible says to use your voice.

Mathew 28 says… “Tell people what you’ve seen and heard.”

(Mark and I after church. Mark is a full time student training with me for 3 years)

Jesus spoke to people. He used his mouth, guys, to form words.

He didn’t just project his thoughts into brains… he spoke.

So, speak.

Don’t be afraid of being judged. Just speak of your faith. You don’t have to be perfect, either. Just speak.

Once you speak, the word of God will begin reaching people. Kids need you to open your mouth like a man and talk about Jesus.

JMac, it’s time for people to stand up for something bigger than the “integrity” of the sport.

You really want to make a difference?

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association

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9 Comments »

  1. clem apted said,

    hullo from auckland new zealand! i am a tennis coach at royals here in auckland and would look forward to hearing from you. tennis is international and a great way of meeting people , regards claude

  2. ATISO THEOPHILUS said,

    Daer Sir/Madam,

    Thank you for giving me motivational words especially on X mas day.
    Till I hear from you.

    Thanks.

    Best regards,

    Atiso T.

  3. Joseph Ojo said,

    I have send email to your box,Thanks.

  4. mike stewart said,

    god is like bullwinkle; both are fictional characters.

  5. plugginaway4him said,

    mike,

    thanks for your interesting analogy! i guess this is your way of saying you don’t believe in a Creator? most likely you might consider yourself an atheist?

    you’re not alone, bro. lots of books have been written for an against the idea of God.

    but, to say there is no God seems pretty silly to me. who do you know who actually can prove there is no Creator?

    probably nobody.

    there is a pretty good book out there called A Case for a Creator by Lee Stroebel. another is Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe.

    wouldn’t hurt to explore new ideas and possibilities. if there is a Creator, you’ll want to know.

    for me, it’s a done deal. i have no doubt God is real.

    this is coming from a guy whose “Christian” dad committed suicide in my car in my teens… and I was a guy who was out to prove God was a fraud!

    but, the more i studied… the more i realized the truth.

    God bless,

    coach scotty

  6. Rika said,

    Hi there,

    I’m confused by this post. It’s ok for you to scream from the rooftops that bad, powerful people are doing bad corrupt things to young fertile minds but its not ok for John MCEnroe to say that? Is it not possible that God is using him just as much as he is using you? or is the problem that the messenger doesn’t have the Christian package – he doesn’t talk the talk and walk the walk that you think that what he has to say is somehow not relevant?

    I was also not clear about what the scene described in the Moscow article had to do with anything. I have heard that same story many times – it happens in South Africa everyday to average citizens. And the crime is not committed by anyone vaguely associated to the mafia – the perpetrators are desperately poor people without hope. What was your point in mentioning it in this context?

    My point is you have clearly been moved by the spirit to affect change and to make a difference- the fervour and passion with which you write is palpable, but you’re just lashing out at everything, ranting without a clear goal. For example, the pastor-less churches was a cheap shot at the “mega-pastors” – what purpose does it serve? Do you want people not to attend, to stay home instead and watch endless, stupifying hours of reality TV that comatose the masses?

    just something for you to think about.

  7. plugginaway4him said,

    rika,

    thanks for your in-depth comment. i really appreciate when people like yourself care enough to share your thoughts and opinions, especially when most people are content to sit on the sidelines and not play a match.

    thank you for your kind words. i am glad you feel i have been “moved by the Holy Spirit to affect change and make a difference…” i agree. but, even if you didn’t think this, i would still go about my work bringing attention to issues in tennis and beyond.

    it seems you might be combining two of my articles into this one article… possibly my article on Serena Williams which has gone worldwide, and this one on JMac?

    my main point here is the russian mafia should be viewed as a part of tennis now. JMac’s opinions and my response have nothing to do with his religious views, if any. sorry if i didn’t make that clear. i know a lot of loving, kind, and caring people who have completely different religious viewpoints than my own.

    now, if JMac reads my stuff and uses his platform to share it, fine. i have no problem with it. but, i don’t want to see him become a target for organized crime in the process. he could easily speak through others, such as the ATP or the ITF.

    as for the moscow scene… the player was #6 WTA. what happened to her wasn’t just a common break in. it was organized and well planned. over $300,000 was stolen within minutes in a well-done heist by trained professionals towards a high profile athlete in moscow, russia. if you can’t connect the dots, then i don’t know what else to say. JMac isn’t untouchable.
    i’m concerned for his safety.

    as for my “ranting without a clear goal,” well… it might seem that way to you since you’ve mistakenly combined two articles into one! but, if you carefully read each one again… separately… then you might see the points more clearly. but, then again, i am a terrible writer and am simply trying to bring issues to the masses for discussion, so i’m open to the possibility my writing stinks 🙂

    … to wrap this up… the jury is still out for me about the pastor-less church trend being defined by pastors of mega churches. what are your thoughts? should churches be without pastors?

    again, thanks for caring enough to comment. every voice is important… and i hope this can become a platform for others to share what God has placed on their hearts… even if we all disagree with each other at times!!

    God bless,

    coach scotty

  8. Jack said,

    I have read your Bloq to J McEnroe and I thoughly enjoyed reading it you realy hit the nail right on its head, keep up the good work GOD never fails He will lead them all the right way GOD BLESS

  9. Dale Webb said,

    Scott,

    Great article! You are very informed. You are doing a great thing

    Isa 43:19
    Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.

    I played tennis for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

    God Bless you.

    Dale


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