She was losing and she threw a tandrum. Bad sportsmanship on Williams'
part. End of story.
Doug was spot on. Serena behaved horribly. She was trounced by a younger better
player and she lost it. A true champion would appreciate a rising star and
graciously congratulate her. The politically correct have forced us to tolerate
her bad behavior much too long. Osaka deserved her time as champion but
Serena’s actions denied her that. Where I come from we call that
@Nanook of the North,You need to read more articles then. I have
read several and listened to several others point out that this umpire has in
fact give out conduct violations to several top players. It should be noted
that some of the players have gone on to say that this umpire has a double
standard. You talk about your own experiences as an official. Im my
experience as a coach and a player, when an official (umpire) is assigned my
game, I know exactly what to expect and what I can and can't do. The
bottom line is Serena did this all on her own. She knows the rules, she should
have stopped after the first penalty was issued, despite how trivial it was, and
moved on. If a basketball player gets T'd up, he/she knows that the second
T means they are ejected from the game. I agree this official treated Serena
differently than Osaka, but then again Osaka wasn't calling him a thief and
Osaka didn't break her racket.
She says she didn't see her coach giving signals. It doesn't take a
turn of the head, only a quick glance of the eye to see him. He admitted
coaching, and she says she didn't see it. Right. Many good comments on
her bad example, her affects on Osaka, and i for one would like to see her
retire. Her sister has much more class.
Sure, coaching is a rule infraction. And how many times does it happen at that
level? And how many times is it penalized?The issue here is
INCONSISTENT officiating. I referee hockey (ice and roller). I'm not in the
NHL, I just do kids and "beer leagues". The players can deal with it if
they know this ref calls games "tight" or if this other ref "lets
more stuff go". But if a ref is inconsistent? Those are the ones who get the
most ire.Everything I've read since this happened, this
official treated Serena Williams differently in this match than he has other
players in other matches. Inconsistency. Given that, I'm cutting her a LOT
of slack with this incident.And all the other comments here whining
that she's expecting special treatment or something because she's
black or a woman or liberal bias or whatever? Please. Really?
Why didn't Williams throw her tantrum at her coach? A competent coach knows
that coaching from the sidelines is against the rules. So why did Serena's
coach make hand signals that could be interpreted by a judge as coaching?
I guess fame isn't everything...
Great article, Doug. Spot on.....as usual.
I am curious about the fist penalty "coaching". For the untrained
observer (me), it was just a thumbs up from the person she calls coach. What
does that mean? Play harder? User more top spin? Toss your serve higher?
What if her sister in the crowd gave her this same thumbs up? Is that coaching
too?And why can't a player be coached? Football, baseball,
volleyball, gymnastics all have coaches. Tennis doesn't allow this? A lot
of theatrics spawned from an opinion that "coaching happened". Oh, my!
The horror! Such drama.
She is black and she is a woman and extremists believe that she should therefore
be able to behave in any manner she pleases. Political Correctness requires
anyone who disagrees to be called sexists and racists.
How can so many look through a lens that distorts reality to fit their sexism
narrative? I guess for hammers everything is a nails, and for feminists
everything is driven by sexism. I'll bet the ref will gladly
never again ref a game in which Serena plays.
RiDal - Sandy, UTSept. 13, 2018 1:55 p.m.She's Black and
she's a woman. She must be defended by the Politically-Correct police. She
is also sponsored by Nike. It all goes together.------------As apposed to he's a man, it was just "locker room talk".
He's sponsored by the GOP.Serena had a meltdown, it was wrong,
but it's nothing new. The outrage by the right is ridiculous, specially in
Time for this female to shut it down and go away from the public eye forever.
Disgusting behavior and totally clueless thoughts and actions by her and her
crowd of "supporters."
Quite right. It seems that some athletes have a chorus of enablers who excuse
their conduct rather than holding them accountable. They aren't doing the
athlete any favors and their conduct often spills over into the private lives.
We have seen this sort of thing before haven't we?
BR Jones. McEnroe, was fined over and over and over. He penalized over and over
and over. He was suspended several times. As has ALL players who behave the way
he did. Serena got penalized a whopping 17k on a 1.2 million dollar purse. The
poor, poor oppressed Millionaire Black American female!
Well said Doug. I thought her behavior was immature, selfish, and very, very
poor sportsmanship. I too cannot believe she's being made a hero because of
her actions. I felt embarrassed watching her act that way. Although, it's
not the first and in all probability will not be the last time she has used such
tactics. Her temper tantrum overshadowed a brilliant performance form Osaka.
Because it’s 2018 and everything has to be racist, sexist, or both.
“There’s a lot of people who say way worse” said Serena. Her
Justifying her bad behavior because other people have bad behavior makes no
sense. Lots of people are poor sports so it's OK to be a poor sport. Lots
of people are abusive so it's OK for everyone to be abusive. Lots of people
are mean so it's OK for everyone to be mean. Lots of people cheat on
their spouse so it's OK for everyone to cheat. I've pretty much given
up watching sports and following politics and show business people because of
participants' disgusting behavior. Would Serena want her children to
justify misbehavior just because other people do it?
I think the initial accusation by chair umpire Carlos Ramos against Serena was
biased and unprofessional. He sees her coach Patrick Mouratoglou signaling from
the stands, and issues the warning to . . . Serena! What? In my
book the chair should be watching the match, not the stands! If somehow the
chair can't escape noticing a coach, the warning should have been issued to
the coach, not to the player! There seems to be an assumption by the chair that
Serena is trying to cheat, because of the actions of the coach. Instant guilt by
association in his mind. Consider the following question: If the
chair umpire were given pictures of the other 31 players in the women's
draw, and also pictures of their coaches, how many could he pair up correctly?
I think he did not like either Serena Williams or her coach, and acted
accordingly. Serena was ambushed by a warning that she took as an
accusation of cheating, while she was trying to focus on a match she was losing.
No wonder she lost her cool! The subsequent escalation of the incident should
not take away scrutiny from the chair umpire's initial action, which reeks
William's conduct was classless! She sets a horrific example for young
people to be exposed to. I hope she grows up sometime before she embarrasses
herself even more.
Her coach admitted that his thumbs up sign was coaching her. End of story. I
lost respect for her. She was throwing her fame around to manipulate the game
and the officials. Good job ref.
Serena is all about Serena. The integrity of the game comes in a distant
second. After playing tennis for almost twenty years she should certainly know
the rules. This is not the first time she has acted like this (just like
McEnroe and a few others). I just hope Osaka isn't so emotionally
traumatized that she feels that if she wins again something bad will happen to
her. Osaka was playing better than Williams and her movement on the court was
much more fluid than her opponent. Williams seemed to be breathing hard and
struggling with her physical conditioning while Osaka was showing no signs of
tiring. I think Serena had about a 35% chance of winning the second set and
less than 20% chance if the match had gone to a third set. I was hoping that
she had outgrown this type of petulant behavior.
Making a big deal out of nothing. It was In the Heat of battle.
She lost because of sexism and racism? Yeah right, she didn’t even show up
to the match and just expected to be given the trophy because she is Serena
Williams. Ms. Williams exhibited the behavior of a way sore loser and she needs
to take responsibility for it. Ms. Osaka has nothing to be ashamed about winning
the tournament and should be proud of her achievements instead of being made to
believe she is public enemy number 1 for winning. She has nothing to apologize
for. Why has dignified sportsmanship gone the way of the dinosaur?
Described by the president of the US Tennis Association as a "role
model." Ms Williams should act like the role model she is. Many, many young
people are watching her, many of the black community, is this how we want youth
to progress into professional sports? From Colin Capernick to Le Bron James,
seems like the more you complain about how the rules of professional sports are
unfair, the bigger the crowd will be complaining.What we need is
more professional sports players to be happy to win, but also gracious in
defeat. That is a good definition of a "role model,"
This was not a one-time meltdown for Williams. Here is her history at the U.S.
Open . -- DRFour times over 17 years?John McEnroe had
four in one tournament.Who cares!
The answer is in one word: politics. Actually it's two words: Liberal
Politics. It has now infected sports. It permeates pro tennis, NFL football, NBA
Basketball, Olympics, and many other sports. Notice how William's talked
about how she was fighting for women. Of course that ignores that her opponent
is also a woman (who idolized Williams) and was treated extremely badly for
daring to beat her. Like our last Presidential election, there was
an heir apparent to the throne. Then along comes somebody who has no business
beating her and does. The reaction is liberal meltdown.
Totally agree with this article, I feel like Serena does this when she knows she
is going to lose. I think for her own mental well being she's turns
matches into controversy so she can have an excuse as to why she lost.
@Br. Jones - East Coast, MDSept. 13, 2018 2:00 p.m.It was terrible
behavior. But it's more than a little odd that many, many male players
...Read the article:"(By the way — and not
that it really matters — here are the totals for the 2018 U.S. Open code
violations and penalties: men 86, women 22.)"
You are right on Doug. The meltdown had nothing to do with sexism, racism or
any other ism. She got frustrated because she was being outplayed and outhit by
Osaka. Her behavior wasn't that unusual for Serena because in the past she
has acted like a prima donna. She simply lost her composure because she saw a
defeat staring her right in the eyes. Very boorish behavior.
“but because I’m a woman, because I’m a woman, you’re
going to take this away from me? That is not right.”Did Serena
know that her opponent was a woman too? Did not know Serena's politics till
this melt down - she needs to stick strictly to tennis. Those who defend Serena
is purely politics, the liberal progressives are out defending their own no
matter how dump and how wrong she was. It only mirrors the lefties behavior
towards Trump, they blame everyone and anyone they disagree with except
One other thing to note is her coach admitted to coaching her from the sideline
right after the match. It proves she was bending the rules or her coach was (at
least) since she declared she's not a cheater. She should apologize to
him. You call him a liar and a thief and berate him on multiple occasions.
Other professional players get penalties or technicals much quicker than her.
How come no one comes to Draymond Green's defense for poor sportsmanship
and losing his cool? At least he owns up to it and doesn't go off
throughout the entire game about the same "wrong" call (actually correct
call according to the coach's admittance). It's uprising since she is
one of the all-time champions in any sport but she completely self-destruct
there from a simple call. She could've argued initially, then in the press
conference rip him and it wouldn't have cost her a game (she had other
violations that match which added up and caused it). Osaka already beat her
once anyways this year, so she is probably better than Serena right now.
Congrats to Osaka! Very classy and humble.
Why are so many defending it? Because it fits their agenda of anti male.And who cares if it means destroying another woman of color--she's
half asian and as we've found out recently, for the bigots on the left,
Asians are fair game and don't count. The "tolerant"
left is very happy to be intolerant as much as they can.
It was terrible behavior. But it's more than a little odd that many, many
male players throughout the history of tennis have exhibited similar behavior
with no sanction. I remember John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors straight up cursing
out the umpires decades ago, and to my knowledge neither of them got points or
games deducted for their unsportsmanlike conduct. Hop on YouTube and you'll
see plenty of more recent tennis players acting like rude idiots with no
consequence (in some cases even involving the same umpire from the match with
Serena Williams). Serena's behavior wasn't defensible, but the
punishment should be dealt out to all offenders equally.
She's Black and she's a woman. She must be defended by the
Politically-Correct police. She is also sponsored by Nike. It all goes