The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Mollycoddling the brats

While seated in the reception area of the school where I had gone for my son’s admission some years ago, I watched a parent speaking with the school’s Principal about her son who had been suspended for some acts of indiscipline. As she pleaded her boy’s case, the Principal gently replied, “Your son is our best football player. We have a match coming up and we might lose because your son will not be in the team, and we will miss him, but he has violated certain rules, and, I’m sorry, his suspension will have to stand.”

I silently saluted the Principal for his stand, and the highly laudable standards he had set in his school.

My mind went back to this incident when I read that Serena Williams had, yet again, vented her fury against officials. This time, it was at the 2011 U.S. Open finals, when she let fly at the chair umpire, after the official had docked her a point.

Whether the official was right or not is not the point. What happened subsequently definitely is. Her tirade included “You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing?” and “Give me a code violation because I expressed my emotion? We’re in America last time I checked. Really, don’t even look at me, don’t look my way.”

This is the same player who threatened a line judge in the 2009 U.S. Open with a foul-mouthed “If I could, I would take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat.” Serena Williams had been fined $ 82,500 and placed on probation for the 2010 and 2011 grand slam seasons.

And, after the most recent incident? She was fined $ 2000 !!!!! The reason? The violation was not all that serious, according to the USTA.

This is absolutely ridiculous, and laughable.

Chris Evert, the former tennis great and one of only three women in the open era to win more majors than Serena Williams said that she “was so surprised how disrespectful and rude”, and that the $2,000 fine was “like dinner for Serena”. Indeed, considering that the player earned $ 900,000 for being the losing finalist.

Argue with an official in football, and the offender receives a yellow card. Repeat this and the referee will pull out the red card, eject the player from the field and send him off for an early shower.

Show dissent in cricket, and the player will lose a part of his match fee.

The point is that umpires/referees are human and will make mistakes. This is not to suggest that Eva Asderaki, the umpire involved in the U.S. Open was at fault. Serena’s outburst was just not acceptable.

Sportspersons need to understand and realize that they are there because of the people who follow and watch the sport. They are not doing anyone any favours by showing up to play, since the spectators are paying to watch.

Playing prima donna is an insult to the sport, and acts of petulance such as this one deserve harsh and decisive punishment. In Serena’s case, a suspension from a certain number of tournaments should have been imposed.

In the absence of such penalties, loutish and irresponsible behavior will continue, and, in the case of players such as Serena, will be repeated.

Serena claims that her rants happened because it was an “intense” moment. She also claimed that she did not remember exactly what she said.

Very convenient !!!! Shame on you.

She has brought disrepute to the great game of tennis. Serena Williams might be a great player, and winner of several Grand Slams. But, many followers of the game will remember her behaving like a spoilt brat, and her low, loud, boorish and thoroughly irresponsible behavior.

No role model, this.



September 16, 2011 - Posted by | About this and that, Other Sport | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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