Serena Williams went off on the chair umpire at the U.S. Open after she had a point taken away from her during her match against Samantha Stosur.
In the end, Stosur’s powerful shots and steadiness allowed her to beat Williams 6-2, 6-3 in a surprisingly lopsided upset for her first Grand Slam title. Stosur left the court as the U.S. Open champion; Williams’ night ended with her facing possible disciplinary action.
A sampling of what Williams said to chair umpire Eva Asderaki:
• “You’re out of control.”
• “You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside.”
• “Really, don’t even look at me.”
Asked at her news conference whether she regretted any of her words, the 13-time Grand Slam champion rolled her eyes and replied: “I don’t even remember what I said. It was just so intense out there. … I guess I’ll see it on YouTube.”
Here ya go, Serena.
Williams was fined $2000 for her outburst as she lost not only her cool, but her title to Stosur.
Chris Chase, author of the Busted Racket blog at Yahoo! sneered at the paltry fine.
For verbally abusing a chair umpire and making a mockery of tennis on its grandest stage, Serena Williams earned a paltry $2,000 fine from gutless U.S. Open officials afraid to rein in the despicable behavior of the game’s biggest star.
She will receive no tournament ban and her probation, which had been in effect since her infamous 2009 outburst at the U.S. Open, has been lifted. To call this a slap on the wrist would be overstating it. The fine was more like an imperceptible shake of the head.
Consider: Serena took home $1.4 million from the U.S. Open, a total which includes the prize money she won for being a finalist and her bonus for winning the U.S. Open hard court series. The $2,000 fine represents 0.14 percent of her total haul.
Way to send a message that such behavior isn’t to be tolerated, USTA. You wonder why Serena keeps humiliating lines officials who make $250 per day? Because your cowardly organization looks the other way every time she does it.
Carlson said after watching Williams’ tirade, “This is what’s wrong with our society today,” she said. “That’s the entitlement generation right there.”
“If you’re not a responsible parent, to constantly say ‘no, you need to take your own personal responsibility,’ you end up saying things like that,” she said. “…And a ‘hater,’ I mean was that a racial undertone? I don’t quite get that.”
The point is not to excuse Serena Williams’ bad behavior, but to point out how the idiots at Fox are trying to turn one athlete’s momentary meltdown into a major racial incident. Fox feeds off of these stories to whip up a fear and resentment of Blacks or have we forgotten about the whole thing about Common performing at a White House poetry slam.
Letting Fox & Friends off the hook only encourages to continue playing the role of racial arsonists, Chase has a slightly better argument regarding the USTA’s minimal punishment of Williams, but tennis has loved its bad boys when the acting out was being done by John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ille “Nasty” Nastase.
Some public displays of rage are okay in tennis as The Crunk Feminist Collective observed, “…the USTA loves angry heckling players—as long as they are white men. Early in the tournament, there was a video and interview tribute to Jimmy Connors, a player legendary for his angry outbursts on the court. In the tribute they devoted extended time to showing one of the more famous of these outbursts, in a celebratory manner. White anger is entertaining; Black anger must be contained.”
If a Black person shows anger or dissatisfaction, they are called out based upon their race, not what set them off. Only fools watch Fox, but for those clamoring for President Obama to publicly go ballistic, take note.
For the edification of the clueless Carlson, Urban Dictionary defines a “hater” as: A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.
There’s no situation the brilliant minds working at Fox News can’t spin into a major crisis. A public figure melting down in front of the camera? Gee…that’s never happened before.