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2018-09-09 10:50 by Karl Denninger
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Serena Williams, SPOILED BRAT

Serena Williams, like so many people today, wishes to complain about "discrimination" related to voluntary conduct she engaged in and for which nobody but herself was responsible.

After a controversial call by the U.S. Open chair umpire during Saturday's women's title match, Serena Williams asserted that tennis has different standards for men and women.

Williams, 36, on Saturday suffered a swift 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka, who became the tournament's first female Japanese champion.

It happened after Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, appeared to be thrown off her game -- after being penalized in the second set because of three separate game violations. 

Screw you Serena.

First, your coach later admitted that he provided coaching during the match, which the chair umpire saw and flagged.  That is a legitimate violation of the rules and thus the original penalty was legitimate.

Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, later admitted to an ESPN reporter that “I was coaching.”

That's prohibited in the rules.  Whether or not everyone gets caught and thus penalized by it is immaterial.  Serena was caught, was penalized for the actions of her coach (since she's the responsible party for what people she hires do while on the court), and then she melted down and displayed unsportsmanlike conduct in smashing her racket and verbally abusing the umpire, continuing her abuse after the first two penalties!

Billie Jean King, of course, came to her defense and claimed that as an "emotional" woman she should be able to verbally abuse the officials.  What?

First off, the complaint raised by some that it's "wrong" to penalize the player for the actions of the coach is flat-out crap on its face.  Unlike team sports such as baseball or soccer in individual sports like tennis the player hires the coach and thus has agency liability for their actions.  That the rules of tennis hold the player liable for the actions of the coach on-court is not only reasonable it's the only proper relationship that could be in the rules.  This is similar to golf where the golfer hires the caddy; if the caddy commits some violation of the rules while on the course the player is held responsible -- and should be.

It is a fact that not all violations of the rules of a sporting contest are seen or caught.  If you've ever watched any professional sporting contest (or for that matter any at any level) you've seen instances where someone has violated a rule of the game and yet it went unseen and unpunished by the officials.  By the very nature of an officiated game there will be inequities as a result of this; the point of having officials is to reduce them since the competitors have no incentive to flag their own violations, assuming they're even consciously aware of them.

I've seen plenty of people sanctioned and even ejected from games for unsportsmanlike conduct.  So have you, I'm sure.  Whether it's a red card in soccer or the baseball player or manager who gets in the face of the umpire and gets tossed out, it happens.

It should happen.

And when it does happen, it's not "sexism", and to claim otherwise marks you as nothing more than a douchebag entitled piece of crap.

Serena Williams has permanently destroyed any respect I had for her.  I used to consider her an extraordinary talented sportswoman in the game of tennis.

Now she's just a piece of crap who thinks that she's entitled by virtue of her sex (and probably race) to become abusive any time a call she disagrees with is made by the umpire or line judge.

Screw that crap; get out Serena and stay out.

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