Sep 14 2009
Serena Williams yells at line judge during 2009 US Open

Serena Williams Outburst Video (!): Not a Big Deal

This morning, Serena Williams and Kanye West are both at the top of the news for losing their cool in big moments. Let’s talk Serena Williams here. On Saturday, she participated in the U.S. Open semi-final against Kim Clijsters. When serving during a potential match set, Serena Williams was called for a double fault. After both calls, Serena yelled at the female line judge and shook her racket in her direction, saying..

“I swear to God, I’m fuckin’ takin’ this ball and shovin’ it down your fuckin’ throat… I swear to God.” 

Because of that and an earlier warning for breaking her racket in frustration, Serena Williams was given a point penalty which cost her the match.

Serena Williams yells at line judge during 2009 US Open

The line judge may have made things worse by claiming Serena Williams threatened to kill her. Serena immediately denied that..

Serena Williams was fined $10,000 and the U.S. Open director said a further review could cost her all of her tournament money, $350,000.

Serena Williams at 2009 US Open post game press conference

During the post-game press conference Serena Williams said she doesn’t know why the line judge felt threatened and clarified that she has never been in a fight in her life. Which is where this gets silly. Did the judge really believe an ass kicking was coming her way? Should Serena lose all of her tournament money, $350,000 for what’s being talked about as a crazed outburst. I heard the news before seeing the video and really expected more. It’s being blown out of proportion.

Talk of John McEnroe’s career isn’t complete without bringing up his outbursts and berating judges. It was nearly expected of him. As opposed to this guy’s blog post “Dear Black Folks, We Cant Have it Both Ways” I believe bringing John McEnroe - and other tennis player’s tirades - into the conversation has nothing to do with having it both ways or a supposed moral high ground. This is about black folks being as human as the next guy. Serena Williams should be fined $10,000, she will also have to deal with the stain on her image, but looking at this as anything more than an athlete passionately pleading their case in the heat of competition is way off base.

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 ooooh Tue, Sep 15, 2009 - 1:29 pm

she took it back to Compton! that judge was about to get the ass whoopin of her life

2 Lady J Tue, Sep 15, 2009 - 3:03 pm

I think Serena should’ve just accepted the call..In life you win or lose!! She needs to remember everyone is watching and next time Serena, act like a lady!!!!! That outburst was not all!!

3 andy Fri, Sep 18, 2009 - 6:49 pm

She was only reacting to an unfair call and remember she is human.It will be divine to forgive her.Please do forgive.

4 ALPHAMALE Sat, Sep 19, 2009 - 1:04 am


5 Stephanie Tijerina Fri, Sep 25, 2009 - 2:28 pm

Im with serena because she loves the game of tennis it affects her emotions when she thinks or feels that was a uneccesary call just like when two people are married when you find out your husband is having an affair how do you react to the man you love well she loves tennis and if i was in her situation i would have been upset too.! ya im sure she dosnt always win so we know she can accept a loss but tha fact of the matter is she loves tennis and if you were in her shoes you try seeing what you would do. I dont think she should pay anything becuase she didnt put not one hand on the line judge so why make a big deal if nobody is hurt she is playing for her self her money and the passion of the game?! what is the line judge playing for nothing why should serena be punished for hurting someone elses feelings life goes on thats just any typical athlete and you would know that if you were an athlete.

6 Michael G. Fri, Sep 25, 2009 - 11:16 pm

Hi there…

7 baby k. Mon, Sep 28, 2009 - 3:39 pm

well it’s really not a big cause ur a jerk!!!!

8 jet-li Wed, Oct 07, 2009 - 1:35 pm

i think serena needed to question the call,she did nothing wrong.the lady who made the call was
probably asked by her boss to get inside of serena,s head to take her out of her game so that
she will too frustated to win.i really hate to see serena pose nude for anyone because i love her.she has a body that only i wanted to see when and if we get married.i wanted to be the
first man to tell her and her nude body that i
love them,i guess it’s too late now.

9 Ruby Sat, Oct 10, 2009 - 3:57 pm

She should be banned . She is a total disgrace to womanhood. I regret ever supporting her. My support now goes to Venus.

10 T Rex Tue, Oct 20, 2009 - 2:52 pm

Complete disgrace to the sport!  The lines person made a proper call.  She was just stealing the light from her opponet, who outplayed her, fair and square!  But, to go on and on at that poor girl…ridiculous!  She should’ve been fined the max. $250K and suspended from the sport forever!!!  Otherwise, we’re teaching our children that that is the proper way to conduct themselves, when they disagree with a call.  But, that’s the USA for you…turning out “trash” players, who have no tact or sportmanship.  Truly disgusting!!!

11 HARAJUKU_BARBIE Fri, Oct 23, 2009 - 12:34 pm

all yaa dumb asses thats hatin on serena yall prolly races and mad because she has money and yall dnt.,, soo qhetta lifee and stop hatin DAMN .! isupport yuu girl =)

12 To T Rex Sat, Nov 07, 2009 - 5:04 pm

My guess is that you are white. First off, if you knew anything about tennis you would know that the call was incorrect and next you are just hating because she is a dominant black female force and the white girls can’t compete with her. John McEnroe did this kind of thing on the regular basis but because he is white it’s acceptable. 250K and suspended for life??? Get real! You are talking out of your ass. But that’s the USA for ya’. If a white person does it, it’s alright but the minute a black person does it we should be banned for life, put in jail and throw away the key. And you wonder why black people think whites are racist? Just look in the mirror buddy…

13 Serenafan Thu, Nov 12, 2009 - 8:52 am

A disgrace to women hood for an outburst…you are a TRUE idiot for even thinking that way. If she is a disgrace than what the hell was out sorry a** BUSH President. Yes she did take the disagreement to another level and possibly should have calmed down, but she has a love for this game like no other and she is ok with taking a loss she has lost before, but it is different when someone makes the wrong call and cheats. You people don’t know squat about Tennis and just want to be heard…ignorant ignorant ignorant. Go SERENA! Oh and for the record I am white so don’t play the race card with me!

14 Allen Wed, Dec 02, 2009 - 4:24 am

Foot fault is a foot fault rules are rules.. lines man/woman will seldom commit mistakes in calling the fault, because all they concentrate by the time the player toss the ball their eyes focuses on the foot. the player can’t see their foot before they hit the ball while the umpire/linesman can. it was a misconduct and improper behavior of Serena, she should be accounted by her own act. like they said she put a bad stain in her personality. though she apologized in general but not to the lines woman.

15 ahmed, m adeoye Sun, Jan 31, 2010 - 7:13 pm

serenal willliam is my favourite no matter how anybody feel that, how I wish she is my bed mate or better still my soul mate, ride on my love, serenal, may your day be long in the word of tennis

16 ahmed, m adeoye Sun, Jan 31, 2010 - 7:15 pm

dear serenal, kindly reach me through my e-mail:

17 hannah Thu, Feb 11, 2010 - 12:38 pm

lol those are stupid f**kin ladies