Skip to comments.Meltdown: Official Says Tennis Star Serena Williams Told Her "I Will Kill You" - Video 9/12/09
Posted on 09/13/2009 4:48:59 AM PDT by Federalist Patriot
Here is video of a total meltdown last night by Women's Tennis star Serena Williams at the U.S. Open after she was called for a "foot fall" during Match Point against Kim Clijsters.
Clijsters had match point against Williams and Williams was serving. The official called her for a "foot fall," giving Clijsters two match points. Williams walked over to the official and said something several times. The official then went to the other officials and you can then hear Williams disputing with them saying, "I didn't say I will kill you!" She was assessed a one point penalty, giving Clijsters the match. . . . (VIDEO)
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Sounds like an Obama supporter...one of the “Untouchables.”
She acted very graciously towards her oponent.
It was a crappy time to call a foot fault, but she apparently did. Will be interesting if they have exactly what she said audible on tape. Regardless, it did look pretty threatening.
Sounds like Ms. Williams is in the wrong sport.
This kind of intimidation goes over a lot better in professsional wrestling than it does in tennis.
She was pointing her finger at her in a threatening way. I don't know what she said, but it wasn't pleasant
. She acted very graciously towards her oponent.
At least she accepted the decision without a fit. It was a bad way to end a match. It really diminishes what Clijsters accomplished.
There is no comparison... I don’t think John Mac or Jimmy Connors ever threatened to stick the racket where the sun don’t shine or kill someone... I really fear the future... sigh.
. . . as John McEnroe sets back and smiles. Indignation with a smidge of class verses none at all.
McEnroe was a jerk. She’s just that much worse.
“I’m going to take this f***ing ball and shove it down your f***ing throat!” - Class.
... with an obvious sense of entitlement.
It seemed very threatening, and CBS knows the language she used, which they had to bleep. IMO I thought the security guards should have come onto the court (there were at least 2 or 3 within earshot) - Serena lost it and was close enough to start bashing the little line judge with her racket if she chose to.
“I swear to God, I’m going to take this ball and shove it down your f***ing throat!” - http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen09/news/story?id=4468762
You can take the girl out of Compton, but you can’t take the Compton out of the girl - it’s apparently just brewing beneath the surface.
Wait ..... soon we willhear that it was taken out of context.
It really diminishes what Clijsters accomplished.
Yes it does...and Serena’s little remark in an interview last week saying “maybe she could come bast faster if she had a baby” was quite nasty...she was Jealous of all the attention Kim and Melanie Oudin was getting....all the sportscasters would say about Serena is that she was in top form and they looked for her to win the open....including me but hey, Kim Clijsters has been palying some clean, error free power tennis...she didn’t deserve all this drama.
I thought the security guards should have come onto the court
did you see the security guards for this years open?....nevermind....they are there to keep crazy fans away from the players...not players from umps....they didn’t do a good job when the nutcase fruit ran out and kissed Nadal...that could have been a Monica Seles moment....thankfully he was just fruityand wanted a kiss...Nadal handled it well....classy guy.
It only diminishes Clijster’s accomplishment if we let it, which I refuse to do.
Well yeah, calling them security is probably a stretch. They are just guys in yellow shirts. Their presence is more visible since the Nadal incident - somebody apparently told them they actually have to WATCH the audience.
While her behavior wasn't appropriate, it's not uncommon for athletes to "lose it" during or after an intense competition.
Mountain out of a molehill in my opinion.
INTIMIDATION? No, she should join the MACK DADDY in the White House, Obama is the one threatening intimidation.
Obama also clearly wasn't calling the Harvard police stupid when he called them stupid.
Final result: The judge was CLEEAAARRLY a racist.
That was my point ie; use of the word smidge in that he would only question people’s integrity.
No it doesn't! :) She just came back a month ago after having a baby last year and she's in the US Open final as a wild card after not playing on the tour for 2 years. Nothing can diminish that, imo. Serena can melt down all over the place, and Kim has still done amazingly well since announcing her return last March.
Move over, Awesome Kong...
Right, I did not hear her say “I’ll kill you,” but rather “I’m going to shove this ball down your throat” with a few f-bombs sprinkled in.
Well, I watched the entire clip, twice, and never once heard Serena tell the official “I will kill you!”.
While her behavior wasn’t appropriate, it’s not uncommon for athletes to “lose it” during or after an intense competition.
Mountain out of a molehill in my opinion.
Since threatening to shove an effing tennis ball down someone’s throat is a molehill, I wonder if you would accept that the umpire should be allowed to wear a 45 caliber pistol and tell the bbbiiitttccchhh to go ahead and try it. Wouldn’t that just be a tit for tat?
Wow... hate that I missed that ending. I watched the first set, and Kim was clearly out-playing her.
Wanna bet that lineslady isn’t working at the Open next year??
Do you suppose she suffered an episode of "Roid Rage"?
A foot fault is when you step into the court before hitting your serve. You can’t even touch the line. From the angle, it appears that Serena pivots her foot onto the line prior to hitting her serve. So the call was correct. I don’t know if it is rarely called because pros know better and never do it, or if line judges usually don’t watch it that closely. Probably more of the first.
The line judge never said Serena said that. That was something Serena just thought she said and denied. It is pretty clear that what Serena did say was obscene and threatening. Saying she is going to shove an f-ing ball down her throat crosses every line and she deserved the penalty and it isn't being blown out of proportion. Serena did gracely accept the decision though, but I have yet to see any apology to the judge, which is already long overdue.
No rational human being should expect such arrogant trash to humble herself.
I will be shocked if she actually apologizes to anyone over this.
“The line judge never said Serena said that.”
Hoe do you know that? Source? I watched the video, and the line judge talked to the officials outside the earshot of everybody.
IMHO, they should’ve armed the Line Judge with a taser then charged a dollar more for popcorn during the final match point.
Does it even matter. What Serena is know to have said and the tone and finger pointing is the worst I have even seen at a tennis event. McEnroe most famous line is calling a judge the pits of the world. Threating to shove an f-ing ball down someone’s throat and getting in their face and finger pointing is insanely over any line of decency.
Players on the pro circuit have been in many a heated situation with extreme consequences based upon even very errant calls. They talk about it, how to handle it, and have gone through those plays in their minds.
Some allow their emotions to take over and then have attempted to coverup their behavior by various counterfeit arguments.
IMHO, the counterargument employed by Serena is a racist ploy used by many criminals who use the minority card as a self-defense card. She knew by claiming the judge said something false, which the judge hadn’t said, she could divert attention from herself. I suspect there is probably a history of her having employed the same tactic in the past, in lower tier play, and she probably intimidated the judges and umps and got away with it. It’s similar to her destruction of the racket.
She blows off steam by throwing and destroying her racket. Even though it’s against the rules, her continued behavior, allowing herself to tear things up when she is upset, manifests volumes about her thinking processes. If unchecked it could simply lead itself to mental sickness.
There isn’t anything new in Serena’s game that she hasn’t used before and she’s gotten to where she is by those same tactics. If the sport doesn’t keep her in check, then the sport simply legitimizes poor sportsmanship.
Who would want to play tennis with such trash?
BTW, the tennis racket may be considered a weapon in many states and her threatening use of it opens herself up to both criminal and civil liability.
Jimmy Connors called the chair ump an SOB and a bum years ago...at least Jimmy admits he was a jerk in those days and isn’t proud of it.
Nobody has mentioned that she thought about it before she did it for almost a minute. She did not just fly off the handle. She thought about what she was going to do, then she did it.
Yep. But what I find most disturbing is her utter denial and calm demeanor in the press conference. Most people simply do not swing from one extreme to the other like that. I bet her dad pulled her aside after the match and gave her instructions. That kind of outburst has all the characteristics of performance enhancing drugs.
There have been a few pros who have been notorious for foot faults. Can’t recall names at the moment.
I noticed that. She was very nonchalant, not angry, not upset.
Classless and busted.
A ball down the throat, if not fatal, would constitute grievous harm.
Threatening an official is so off the scale of acceptability, I don't know why we make excuses for it. It's one thing to dispute a call. Quite another to threaten someone (an official in this case). That is a 1st class misdemeanor in this state (Arizona)
BTW, Regarding Serena William’s foot fault ( a seldom called violation ). Here are the rules for those interested :
The server must stand behind the baseline, between the centre mark and the sideline.
A ‘foot fault’ is called if any of the following happens before the ball is struck:
# The feet touch the ground inside the baseline
# The feet touch the wrong side of the centre mark OR
# The feet touch the wrong side of the imaginary extension of the sideline.
A foot fault is the same as a fault on a serve so the player is given the chance of a second serve.
According to the BBC, IT WAS A FOOT FAULT.
I´ve seen some posters questioning the line judges call on Serena’s footfault. But is was very clear that it was in the replay. She stepped firmly on the line and part of the foot was inside the baseline before hitting the ball
This was her second of the match.
It was really unfortunate, she still had a chance to turn the match (though her outburst showed that she had lost it emotionally anyway).
Kim was the better player until that point though and was growing in confidence with every point. And it was a great match to watch ... except for the sorry ending.
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