Yesha Callahan

Serena Will Serve Your Ass Like John McEnroe

“I`ll serve your ass like John McEnroe
If your girl steps up, I`m smacking the ho”

“Jump Around”, House of Pain

In every sport you have athletes who have outbursts. In Baseball, you’ll see everyone running from the dug out to fight when someone is struck with the baseball. You’ll have a coach kicking dirt on the mounds. In Hockey, you’re bound to loose a tooth, not only from a puck, but possibly for a blow to the face with a hockey stick. In Basketball, a player with a big ego occasionally feels he’s fouled too hard and retaliates. In Football, you’ll get tackled by some player who weighs up to 300+lbs, wait, that’s a part of the game right? So Football, isn’t such a good example, but you get my point.

As a kid I always enjoyed watching John McEnroe play, not only because he was one of the greatest players, but he played hard and didn’t back down on a flagrant call. Just take a look at some of his best outbursts below.

I’m sure McEnroe was fined tens of thousands of  dollars throughout his career, but thats nothing compared to the backlash Serena Williams has received over the past few days. I’ll be the last to say that Serena Williams is the epitome of good sportsmanship, but I truly think one of the problems people have with her has to do with these simple facts:

a) She’s not White

b)She’s a black woman

c)She’s a woman who’s not white, who happens to be black, who happens to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time

You don’t have to be a Rocket scientist to figure that out. So here is Serena Williams, the big black female athlete, yelling at the demure lineswoman, with her racket in the air.  Yes, I can see how a person could feel as if their  life was in jeopardy in front of thousands of witnesses. Actually, I can’t. Serena may be a bit hot headed but she’s far from stupid.

Why is it ok for male athletes in other sports to express their displeasure in a call that they feel is unjust? Wasn’t instant replay invented for a reason? I didn’t even bother reading what people have been saying in the blogosphere about Serena, because I’m sure I would have been disgusted beyond belief.  I’m quite certain in this post-racial, black president society that we live in, that no one would have the audacity to throw around the word ‘nigger’. Actually, I know better to believe that.

As of today, Serena issued an apology to the lineswoman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA and her fans. She was also fined $10,000 for the unsportsmanlike conduct and $500 for breaking her tennis racket. Of course those fines are the tip of the iceberg. A full investigation is underway to see if other penalties can/should be imposed. Do I think the USTA will make this an opportunity to make an example out of Serena once and for all? I’m quite certain they will. Will Serena loose any huge endorsement deals? I’m quite certain she won’t. The only valuable lesson I’m sure Serena will take away from this situation is that it’s just not that nice to threaten to shove a tennis ball down their throat in person. Maybe the US government should take note on how governing bodies of sports organizations punish their athletes. Could you imagine if  someone could make an example out of  Joe Wilson and fine & expel him from Congress? That would be a beautiful thing, indeed.

Congrats to Serena & Venus on their doubles win today at the US Open!

  1. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    You know what? I've had time to think about this, and think they were really afraid of her! (LMBAO) 'Cause she really could smack the h*ll out of ANYONE out there, with their fragile a**ses! (LMBAO)

  2. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    Hmm…I think they were more afraid of the negative connotation that is involved with black women, more specifically the 'angry'

  3. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    Serena was better composed that me. I would have hit the lineswoman with the racket for that bullshyt call. Even the commentators (which included McEnroe said the call shouldn't have been made). John and Jimmy Connors gave the umpires and linespeople hell back in the day but for the three reasons you have stated, Serena is the one most harshly criticized for her words.

  4. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    You know “certain people” are enjoying this, right? If they had it their way. She'll have to dress up like Aunt Jemima from here on out when she plays.

  5. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    Certain people? You mean white people right? The ones who I just read on a few websites describing her has an ape, monkey, nigger bitch, who needs to be whooped & hung? Yeah, I'm sure those are the ones who you're referring to. I just got sick to my stomach reading some of the bullshit from these lead paint lickers.

  6. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    You and me both Ebony. Just like the commentators said, it was a bullshit call. I'm sure everyone would be A-OK, if she was the demure quiet type, but she's's not her personality.

  7. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    Please, you know that we're expected to be tasteful and show lack of ANY home training as black people. Why you think most of the other races adopt our styling of dress, language and all the other shit we ORIGINATED (some of the stuff, not such a good thing) and call it “acting black”?

    They actin' like she knocked the fuck outta the person like Naomi Campbell did with her Cell Phones. Serena don't care about them folks. She gettin' her money and that's all that matters. Fuck em'.

  8. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    *choking on my tea* YOU are STUPID! LMAO

  9. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    Yea, they were scared the brick house black woman was gonna use her tennis racket as a catapult for their heads. LOL

    You KNOW they're gonna make an example out of her, so that's not a question. You know “they” don't like them Negroes getting too full of themselves. You know the tennis court is a hop skip and jump away from the field they have waiting for her ass.

    Um, How the hell did Lil Mama get in the damn picture…AGAIN?

  10. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    There are white people who have been for one of the William sisters “step out of line” because they resent two black females beating white girls even from the Soviet Union. They finally got their wish. Let them go ahead. But, personally, I was glad to see a little Compton come out of Serena.

    Maybe President Obama should watch the tape. Maybe he'll get a little more backbone and show them right wing Republican a brotha from Chicago can bring it.

  11. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    I was with you until I saw Lil Llama in the last pic. Bow Wow's twin keeps showing up everywhere, huh?

  12. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    Yeah she reminded me of McEnroe too; and I remember thinking that he was a silly mean spirited little man when I was a kid and used to watch him play the likes of Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors back in the day.

    She looked and sounded like yet another spoiled athlete who has lost touch with reality. They ought to suspend her ass for a year and let her cool her heels. By the way…..they should have suspended McEnroe too.

  13. September 14, 2009 - Reply

    Oh yeah, I refer to them as “certain people” because if I called them out as
    they are I'll be the racist one. lol

  14. September 15, 2009 - Reply

    She got upset and it happens. I don't think they should throw the book at her or make an example out of her even though they will probably try. She is passionate about tennis which is part of the reason she is so driven and competitive. Other people have made worse offenses in and out of the sports domain with little if any consequences……she wasn't really gonna hurt the line official even though I'm sure they were scared….LOL She paid her fines and apologized..time for ppl to let it go and move on……..

  15. September 15, 2009 - Reply

    The drama continues. Well, it wasn't drama because it happened in the mens final. Oh, and the offender didn't curse directly at the line judge. Yeah, riiiiiight, it was a white guy getting upset at a call, just like Serena did. F**k is f**k and I don't care which way your head is turned. Who honestly thought Serena would stick a racket down that woman throat. For one thang, her ying yang mouth is too small and her brown nose ass is to tight – she couldn't have shit out the racket.

  16. September 17, 2009 - Reply

    When I first heard about this, I was irritated because of all of the coverage it was getting. Refs and line judges have been getting cussed out and called out since forever. My first thought went to McEnroe. But then I saw the video, LOL.

    As much as I want to defend Serena for merely being a professional athlete, who showed some raw emotion, its tough. Because her outburst was way too close to being a threat. That really is the big difference between her and other occurrences with other players. Most would say… “you're an idiot for making that call, you blind bastard.” Serena said (lol)… “I wish/want to take this effin' ball and shove it down your effin' throat.” Damn Serena, how do you really feel, lol? But even with that said, the fact that her and her sister are the dominant forces in women's tennis… and arguably the biggest stars in tennis today after only Federer and Nadal (and that's not a definite), is an issue. Serena just unintentionally gave the close-minded a chink in the Williams Armor of which to try to move them out of some of their appeal to the masses.

    Don't think it will happen though.

  17. November 19, 2009 - Reply

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  18. December 15, 2009 - Reply

    Mac did in fact say to someone “See this racket (or ball, I can't remember)…. down your throat!” I saw it on YouTube the other day. It doesn't make Serena right for what she did, far from it, but nobody resorted to racial slurs when Mac did it, that's the point.

    Anyway, peace.

  19. December 15, 2009 - Reply

    Mac did in fact say to someone “See this racket (or ball, I can't remember)…. down your throat!” I saw it on YouTube the other day. It doesn't make Serena right for what she did, far from it, but nobody resorted to racial slurs when Mac did it, that's the point.

    Anyway, peace.

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