Howard Stern doesn’t hold back when it comes to his thoughts on Novak Djokovic.
The 34-year-old tennis champion has been making headlines lately after a debacle over his involvement in the Australian Open tournament as his coronavirus vaccination status is unclear. Being vaccinated is a requirement for non-citizens entering the country from Australia.
The athlete’s lawyers argued that because he had recently recovered from a COVID-19 crisis, he did not need to be vaccinated. Djokovic had not disclosed if he was vaccinated against the coronavirus.
His visa was withdrawn and he was confined to an immigration hotel for four nights. He was released on Monday, but the government could order Djokovic’s expulsion, causing him to miss the tournament – of which he is the defending champion – and possibly be banned from the country for three years.
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On a recent airing of his show, Stern lambasted the tennis champion for his stance on vaccination.
“This f-knut… Djokovic. The Joker, I call him the Joker,” began Stern, 67. “What a fucking hole.”
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“The first time I heard of this guy was that he doesn’t want to get the shot and he’s running around… they should get him off to a good start at tennis,” the comedian said. “That’s it, goodbye.”
Additionally, Stern suggested that Djokovic “might be lying” about having had COVID-19.
“That’s a goddamn sack,” Stern continued. “You should be out of tennis. He doesn’t care about anyone else.”
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According to the New York Times, Djokovic has repeatedly stated that vaccination is a private and personal decision, and warrants should not be in place.
Stern then encouraged the tennis pro to “stay away from others.”
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“Well, it’s like saying that smoking is a private decision, well it’s true,” he said. continued. “But don’t fucking smoke my face. What a fool. Just a big, stupid tennis player.”
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Representatives for Djokovic did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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