Enough is enough…
On this day…Rest in power Tupac Amaru Shakur. “Give ‘em the finga…”
Now let’s get to it about the lovely Serena Williams. This is not about her body or the ignorant box most want to slam her in but more the great example she has set for our nation’s youth since she picked up a racket.
Get off her back. She’s one of the best and two “incidents” in 15 years does not make Serena Williams some villainous pariah subject to criticism from sports fans and “experts” near and far who don’t even watch the sport. Everyone is not going to react like you. If we all acted the same this world would be boring as hell. In my line of work, I choose to scrutinize the action before the reaction and Serena has been treated as if she is not an American.
Women winning the most major titles:
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Venus has 7 seven major titles to her credit.
So this is an outburst?
Was the perception of Serena cemented because of this?
What about this idiot? Why should any athlete have to deal with this…especially involving race?
I will expand on my thoughts in the near future and hope to speak to Serena at length sometime soon on the record about the greatness of her career, but I will not judge her (or anyone) because she felt compelled to react in the heat of the moment in a way far less animated or disrespectful than her male counterparts.
I salute Serena’s fans and even those who feel Ms. Williams should have simply walked away after such a frustrating performance, but folks like this (you might have to highlight the missing words) are coming out of the woodwork and using this as an excuse to bury one of the greatest champions of her era in any sport?
She does work for the community, she cannot be defined exclusively as a tennis player and catches way too much heat for what she feels is right. It’s why I wrote The Nation piece. We live in a day where people feel that athletes…especially those of color…should shut the hell up and play despite anything before them simply because of money. That’s bs.
You be your child’s role model.
Do you flip off the idiot on the road who cuts you off with your scared children in the back seat? Do you react when someone steals your parking spot no matter if it’s a senior citizen who may not have caught you waiting with no turn signal on? Do you go straight to the union office and cuss out an innocent shop steward because your boss stepped out of line? Do you go off when someone disrespected your child in day care despite your child acting like a spoiled brat? Do you berate a cop when you feel you have been wrongly pulled over with a bunch of empty beer cans in the back seat? Even reacting in a less demonstrative way does not mean you do not in fact react.
It doesn’t make you a bad person.
So get off your moronic high horse when it comes to athletes who have no forum to express themselves because you can’t handle the truth.
Athletes are human just like any of you and this idiotic standard they are held to for being normal in a world abnormal is the most dumbing down crock of bs.
When those around athletes (read: fans and media) are held to the same standard then I’m cool with a logical (objective) response but to poke and prod and stick and dismiss athletes as if your talent is of theirs is downright child like.
Serena and her sister Venus have been dealing with this bs since they broke on the scene a decade and a half ago. First it was their Pop, then it was their beads, then it was their grunts, then it was their sense of fashion and commitment to becoming well-rounded strong women and now Serena ostracized because she said something to an umpire (with whom she has a history) because she was a little frustrated?
Go check Andy Roddick’s next match and get back to me and it’s disgusting John McEnroe criticized Serena on air when he built his reputation on being an asshole (and is still praised for doing so). So did Jimmy Connors and many other of Serena’s male counterparts.
Chris Evert you too with all your pompous entitlement.
Some athletes have to deal with this bs and it seems those mainly of color are at the forefront of media and fan ire despite ubiquitous evidence white folks react even more so. Two incidents do not diminish a career of great sportsmanship. If your feet aren’t in their shoes and your primitive mind simply won’t comprehend that when the aforementioned feel backed in a corner there will be a reaction…then you my friend have a closed mind.
I coached league sports for almost twenty years and I saw and experienced some things that continues to boggle the mind. When you are good at something and some people can’t seem to get their head around why you are so good and can’t stop you because your success destroys their confidence to the core, they will try whatever it takes to bring you down despite consistent professional and sound behavior prevailing in previous incidents for years of sets.
Think about why she chose a US Open Final to become so vocal. Are you equipped to do this or do you stop short because the reaction scares you?
That the USTA fined Serena a mere two thousand dollars speaks to the public reaction. That the governing body chose to levy the fine is nothing short of cowardice, for Serena (and her sister Venus to a lesser extent) is the only reason women’s tennis is relevant.
I’m sure Serena and Venus feel some Americans rather cheer for Sharapova or any other foreigner just because they can’t deal with powerful personalities born right here on this soil.
Whatever happened to USA! USA! USA!?
Get you head out of your behind and go to center court when the men are screaming, spitting, breaking rackets, cussing, fussing, hitting balls in the crowd not caring who’s injured and acting like McEnroe little brats because their water bottles weren’t on ice and get back to me.
Check out D.K. Wilson’s piece on Serena as well. My tennis view is seen through his lens as someone who has played the sport on a high level.