Stephen A. says Serena Williams was wrong for 2018 US Open controversy | First Take | ESPN

Published on Sep 10, 2018
Stephen A. Smith says Serena Williams was wrong about the way she approached the chair umpire, adding that when she brought the issue of sexism into the argument, “that’s where she lost.”
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  • There's literally no question she us in the wrong it's a fucken meltdown. Pushing stupid sexism angles etc is just the weakest thing she could of done, and she done it lol

  • “Ur not gonna be in the court of mine as long as u live” “U owe me apology” “Say it say sorry now” “I have a daughter I would never cheat” Fuck this entitled ape..

  • Being a man who desperately demands for equality and fairness, I propose for the same 5-set match being used against WTA grand slam tournaments. While Sharapova might have put her vocal chord at risk, Serena might have literally turn white at the beginning of fourth game. Talking about gender bias..

  • OOOH THE BLACK GUY IS WOKE. GOOD POINT

  • this white guy gotta go. STFU

  • ESPN FAKE democrat lib news this is what really went down!! us-tv.org/tv/video-e-Zz2OTAl7o.html Democrats cant even stop their Hate in Tennis Serana says she doesn't do politics LIAR shes comment about women equal pay WTF of the 3 richest tennis players in the world, 2 are WOMEN!! Out of he top 10 richest tennis players in the world 5 are WOMEN!!! Serena Williams because of endorsement shes worth 180 MILLION. Dem CNN etc FAKE news B.S. again as usual This is WHY CNN ratings news cant even beat Nick ad Night Dics Ch, etc etc Yet you Dems listen to your FAKE NEWS channels and think YOU know whats going on in America YOU dems are FOOLS LOONS to STUPID to LOOK up the REAL story and truths Even after that your COMMON Sense goes down the drain This is WHY you Dems couldn't even beat a guy off the street for Pres lololol www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/celebritymoney/article-2355923/The-worlds-richest-tennis-players-Where-Nadal-Federer-Murray-rank.html

  • Didn't get to Stephen's part but holy shit this white dude has no idea what he is fucking saying

  • Both serena and the umpire were wrong. There are men that are able to say worse things without beeing punished. And that was also a grand slam final you can’t give a game penality for something like that..

  • Oml... The sexist card.. ugh not surprised. It’s so tacky the way she behaved and her little temper tantrum took away from the girl who won. Scumbag. Maybe play the game and be level headed. If you didn’t act like a child this would have happened. Get that ego in check, girl.

  • i lost my respect for serena... ironically not a good sport!

  • just to revisit this I told all you Osaka bandwagons that Serena is the goat haha fuck out of here now y'all hush mode and don't have shit to say now yall can finally stfu

  • Sloane Stephens came out on top in a match, between the two most recent US Open champions. The 2017 champion beat Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 on Monday, 10/22/18 at the WTA Finals, the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world. Both players are making their debut appearances at the tournament, but Stephens was more composed while Osaka, who became the first Japanese player to win a grand slam title last month in New York, never seemed comfortable. You Win some , and you lose some, Just ask Serena.

  • It's funny that SAS and Max say they are against sexism but they both treat Molly like a side hoe who doesn't exist, they constantly talk over her and never let say anything.

  • I agree, yes tennis is sexist but he just don’t like the Williams

  • People who believe Serena was right are either stupid or ignorant.

  • First time I agree with Stephen A.

  • I love Serena even more after watching this tennis match, standing up for yourself doesn't make you an angry black woman people should seriously think before speaking, the umpire owes her an apology.

  • No one see how evil the gorrilla whas and she whas playing good evil bitch

  • The referee's alleged JUDGMENT call didn't cost Serena SHIT! All she got was a WARNING!...no penalty...no point deduction...probably no fine in the long run if that was where it ended. But it DIDN'T end there. Serena kept the fire going. She then slammed her racket into the ground - a point deduction....she THEN continue to harp on the referee, first telling HIM not to talk to HER, then addressing him again directly, complaining....and then called him a thief!! THAT is what cost her the GAME! She didn't like him penalizing her for receiving coaching - which was only a WARNING!.....and she imploded after that. These commentators are BOTH PUSSIES...Steven A. is just a little less of one in this discussion.

  • I dont believe Serena was going to win this one against Naomi anyways.

  • All the players know he is hardcore and they all know not to push him too far because he will uphold the rules.

  • thanxxx white guy! for saying entirely what i have been repeating all along!

  • "It looked like she will win" When did it look like that? After losing the first set 6-2? For tennis, this is not even close, a 6-2 set is embarassing...

  • Serena willian forget one thing in sports world nowadays. Folks r training with entire different gym ewuipment n technology. Serena u can sit there thinking that other folks in sports gona fold up their hands watching u going history, no is not. U have to update ur training technique otherwise u may be second instead of first.

  • Has serena williams apologised yet?

  • Max Keller afraid to criticize a black woman out of fear for being called racist. He's a typical virtue signaling leftist SJW that has to treat non-whites/minorities as if they helpless infants that are always the victims and can do no wrong. When are we going to stop coddling people and start holding them responsible for their actions? At some point there must be personal accountability. I'm tired of the constant excuses for these people that whine and complain. Honestly it's sickening and they should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Serena cheated. And all She had to do is shut up. She was warned. Mcenroe had games taken from him, in a very similar circumstance. I looked it up and watched it.

  • Just think of all the other players serena has played in her storied career. Just think of how long she stayed Number One, Her Slams, Serena unfair treatment, with racist, sexism under tones, her being able to be number one in women sports for the last three years , and that includes being off to give birth, get married, and start her recovery process. There are many Haters, but there are also many who love, and adore Serena. And while Haters hate, Serena will stay focus, and live another day. When she leave Tennis that will surely be a sad day , in Women (Tennis) sports. And long after Serena will have hung her Rackets up there will be so many who will strive to reach her peak in tennis. Many will struggle, fight, have melt down, scream and shout to try their level best to be just like this Tennis Icon!!

  • she is a bad loserbi still think she is got issues from her pregnacy. a d needs to. e a full time muminstead of tryi g to be centre of attension I feel sry for the japanese girl but thats selfish williams for u

  • Funny, men have been dealing with this across all sports. Hell, tom brady was suspended during part of a season just from allegations made. I can't stand tom brady, but I never seen unequivocal proof that he did what they said he did.

  • The bottom line is Serena Williams was wrong and am sorry to say but that’s not the way a role model behaves.She has lost my respect .kudos to the chair umpire for doing his job .The way the people at the presentation spoke and the crowd reaction was a disgrace .Naomi Osaka deserved better.She is a worthy champion .

  • So for pro players rules dont apply? 100%?

  • What is this? ESPN Enter snowflake pissed network

  • white ppl like this guy weak scared that want to kiss ass of every race esp black coz they are delusional and brainwashed into hating their own race are pathetic disgusting and i wish breed of white ppl like them would just die by my next morning. u need TO BE SUCH a beta to support some other race bashing and discriminating ur own race and a total moron to not see wahts right and whats wrong

  • Stephen A. Smith we all know you're caught up in the belly of the beast. You can't speak your mind when you've sold your soul to the devil.

  • Screaming lefties !

  • The rules are rules. The chair man is right and he is not sexist. Serena had a very unprofessional state. The man said bad things but it was a for a short amount of time but she kept going. There is a rule: if you argue about fault or a point, that is forbidden and a penalty

  • She was wrong. Sore loser that's all there is to it.

  • These ppl are cringy AF. I'm a casual but I know Serena was in the wrong. I know Men like John McEnroe have been hit with much worse by the umpire than that. I know that the Coaching was just a warning, Had Serena let it go Nothing would've happened. It was Serenas fault. This is not sexism, she had multiple code violations. In the Ceremony afterwards they spoke more of Serena that Naomi which I find bloody disgusting. Same on all but the Umpire and Naomi (INCLUDING THE CROWD WHO BOO'D)

  • Ughhh Sports is the only way we could be united and Serena being immature and sensitive gotta ruin it

  • In the end all that really matters is that this disgrace of a human being, this lying cheating disgrace, lost the match. I'm super happy for Naomi. She certainly earned it and is a rising star in this sport, but after all these years of lying and cheating this is exactly how I want to see Serena go out. I just hope she's not dumb enough or blind enough to show her face on a professional tennis court ever again.

  • Man this bro turning into a uncle Tom!

  • SIMPLE ITS HER 3RD VIOLATION SO THE UMPIRE HAS TO GO THROUGH THE RULE OR SHOULD HE NOT GO THROUGH THE RULE BCOZ SHE RAISED THE QUESTION OF BLACK N WHITE WOMEN N MEN

  • PLS TELL ME WHEN SERENA SHOULD HAVE B PENALIZED IT WAS THE RIGHT SITUATION TO B PENALTY WHAT IS BLACK N WHITE ALL R EQUAL IF SHE WAS TO B TREATED BLACK SHE WOULDN'T HAVE REACHED WHERE SHE HAS REACHED JHON MACANRO WAS ALSO PENALIZED

  • You can take her out of the ghetto, etc. Black women are by far the most masculine, aggressive and classless females. It is what it is.

  • Amen Steven...gotta compose yourself to everyone involved. That's when she lost, point, game, match, whatever.

  • Atl

  • She is a cry baby

  • For this guy to think that Carlos took away Naomi's moment, he's delusional. Serena stole that moment, not Carlos.

  • Literally nobody argues that Serena isn’t the goat... miss me with that shit

  • Man people love to jump to the gender or race card. That umpire had punished various guys lol

  • she's a bitch!!

  • Serena has a life, career, husband, baby girls and more Tennis Wins than any other Female Player in the open Era.

  • Fuck Serena Williams.....🖕🏾

  • As Serena says She think a Champion is not defined by their Wins, But how they can recover after the fall!

  • "As a black man...." Closes video. Irrelevant to anything going on, even her accolades. Nope.

  • Sure the umpire may have been correct, but to me all of them should look to be ambassadors for their sport. Serena was out of pocket, emotions got the best of her and to add to her misery with a third foul even though it fell within the powers of the umpire it just made it worst for all involved. Yea, I love Serena for what she has done, she's a fabulous young woman and not just on the tennis court. She is human, just like every man that has cut up and gotten away with it. And to my point, Naomi ended up getting over looked on a great upset victory. She most likely was going to win anyway, so why go crazy with the penalties, it only distracted from this young lady's win. Even Serena had the class to go and comfort her, because she knew this got way out pocket.

  • That first guy is out of his mind.

  • Stephen backed up his case when he pointed out the same Referee was the same way with male counter parts in previous opens...So she took the wrong road ...Stephen has been way and no way And this instance he was...Way!

  • 3:10 As soon as I heard him clear his throat I knew that white guy was about to get it. 😂

  • who the fuck is this stupid white idiot? I would think not all the Americans can be this stupid.

  • Wouldn't the world be so much better if we were aloud to talk the truth, if it wasn't just hate, but if they spoke the truth, we would also know how were haters and they wouldn't be aloud to vote , so people like trump would not get in the white house , with all that power, it would be strong females like Hillary, and wise men.

  • Neither one knows anything about tennis

  • Max is full of crap

  • Max is a pussy

  • One simple solution, don’t whine about a call, a call is a call

  • OK, I S R A E L HEAR ME!!! THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MUST AND SHALL BE DESTROYED AS I IS WRITTEN. EVE IS OR HAS BEEN GIVEN POWER OVER MAN AND THIS POWER IS THE FINAL STAGE OF PROPHECY. NO MATTER WHAT S-HE DOES S-HE IS RIGHT. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH HE-R DAD WHO, BY THE WAY. WAS KICKED TO THE CURB, THROWN UNDER THE BUS BY THE TWO SISTER AND THAT WITCH OF A MOTHER, SAID THAT SERENA IS AND I QUOTE "CRAZY!" THE SEXISM CARD, REALLY, THE MOST POWERFUL CARD IN THE DECK USED AT A TENNIS MATCH WHERE WOMEN WEAR DRESSES AND MEN WEAR PANTS? IT AMAZES ME WHEN EVE I.E. SO CALLED WOMAN ASKS OR DEMANDS FOR EQUALITY WHEN IN FACT S-HE IS RUNNING THE SHOW. S-HE PLAYS LESS GAMES, BUT WANTS EQUAL PAY, REALLY, SOUNDS LIKE S-HE WANTS MORE THAN THE MAN, DOES IT NOT? THE ONLY REASON WHY THEY WANT MORE IS BECAUSE THEY WEAR TIGHT SHORT DRESSES SHOWING THEIR UNDERWEAR. COVER HE-R BODY AND MOST OF THE ONES THAT WATCH WILL NO LONGER WATCH GUARANTEED! SO THEY USE THEIR SEX TO FURTHER THEIR MOTIVE AND WHAT IS THEIR MOTIVE AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN THEIR MOTIVE, TO DESTROY MAN. WHEN YOU IDIOTS REALIZE THIS FACT IT WILL BE TO LATE. WHEN SERENA MENTIONED THE NAME BILLY "THE THING" KING I COMPLETELY LOST IT BECAUSE S-HE NAMED THE ONES WHO ARE HE-R OWNER AND THAT'S A FACT! HAVE A BLESSED FOREVER AND EVER I S R A E L FOR ALL IS YOURS AND YOURS A L O N E .

  • Why are Americans are so scared to point out Serena is wrong.. They don't want to offend her BC she is black... Then the trans gorilla will start playing race card...... ....

  • Serena is not the greatest female tennis player. Today, there are no great players. This GS is won by one, the other one by another one etc....How about Steffi Graf? Or Martina Navrátilová? Sure, she only won 18 GS titles in singles, though she had a great rivalry with Cris Evert. Martina has also won 31 doubles GS titles. She played back in times when even the biggest stars played doubles.

  • ...and Stephen A. never lose your pair like Max obviously has...

  • And by the Max Kellerman is a joke, grow a pair cuckold

  • I lost so much respect for Serena when she played the sexist card...that was really beneath her and taint this young women's victory in will not be watching her matches for the rest of her career

  • Kellerman is a douchebag!!!! The woman is also trying to play the gender card. Serena has been a poor sport her entire career!!!!!

  • Probs to Stephen A to put his leftism to the side

  • Serena HANDLEd the SITUATION just fine!! First fire that leper white disease coach. Serena's father is what made Serena and sister who they won against all oddes! They were called horribles names by u white disease lepers for over 20 yrs because of their skin NOT being diseased LIKE YOURs, i THINK she handled it fine and probably should have said it sooner, but it is a new day, little diseased leper. SERENA and Venus QUEENS make tennis. If u leper whites NEW how to be fair we wouldn't have this problem. So sit down ur leper SKINN DISEASE self and keep the QUEEN of tennis out if ur leper mouth. After all her opponent coach followed after Senea's FATHER who all of u are JEALOUS of TODAY ! Quite copying the best, US And shut up white disease leper WHO r u anyway MAY A TENNIS BALL LAND IN UR MOUTH X13X13X13X be blezsed!!!

  • Serena stole the show from Osaka

  • It is sad that Sarenea's immature meltdown took all the light away from the one who actually make AND made her feel bad about it to then apologizing... for winning and sarena whining... a pathetic excuse of a "good example" for your daughter sarena

  • Max is nothing short of a muppet. What a load of horshite was he going on about. Complete rubbish.

  • The race card, the sexist card. The gay card. I fuckin hate wen people play them

  • It was disgusting that Osaka was booed at the end. She deserved the win and even without Serena's meltdown Osaka would have won.

  • Max doesn't know tennis. Stephen A Smith was correct and if you play tennis or watch a lot then you'll know the umpire was right.

  • I am looking at the Judge, and seeing the Similarities Kavanaugh was asked direct Questions, and he sat silently when asked By Durbin if he thought an FBI investigation to clear his name was a good idea. An innocent man would have jumped at the idea. Also, Dr Ford took and passed a polygraph test, would the judge agree to one. See Serena isn't saying she's perfect, and never tried to be, the Tennis Great is just real and have emotions Serena went off, and so did the Judge, But are they trying to trash his entire career? the reason I ask is because that is what many are trying to do to Serena I wonder if you think the Judge was out of order by crying, not answering the Questions asked to him, and talking over the Senators who was asking him Questions. Hey Stevens i would love for you to make a statement on this.

  • Make that black man president of world

  • When you are losing pull sexiest and racist card

  • stephen, lot of balls and integrity man, I dont see it often in this disgusting web of human behavior, but when I do it makes my day.

  • max u are a maggot

  • Why is the first guy shouting? It doesn't give credibility to what he's saying. Too emotional and very annoying.

  • max is an ass kisser. Him and Molly are scared to oppose serena. Stephen A. Smith will always speak the truth. He's intimidated by no one. Max and Molly are pee ons.

  • This guy is a stupid fuck.illegalls are illegal but there coming in still so why stop it.dumb ass rules are rules.serena is a fucken big mouth,have to stick to the rules ass hole.look the other way you blind fuck.a brother speaking the truth.its white people that help blacks stay down because they think they need to be coddled,they are strong people like any other color and don't need help standing up

  • Why should the umpire "look the other way"? Isnt he human? Fuck your ideology!!

  • Max is scared of the race card. lmao

  • Serena Williams was 100% wrong. Facts. There is absolutely no debating this. All you Serena apologists can shut the fuck up.

  • Female commentator: "Tennis is sexist towards women" Bitch, men STILL play 5 sets to women's 3 and men's attendance records are way higher than the women and they bring more money into the sport. Yet to this day, women still make the some prize money in grand slams as the men who work nearly twice as hard. So in this case, it the men who should be playing the "Sexist card" not some "Its a fight for equality as long as it does not mean I have to work harder or as hard as the men" feminist left wing ideology.

  • Even if Serena Williams was right she handled it in a very immature and unprofessional fashion

  • Williams has been subject to discriminatory treatment for nearly two decades, simply for being a black women in what is widely perceived as a white person’s game. After the match, the angry black woman stereotype was repeatedly evoked to describe her frustration, and cartoonist Mark Knight depicted Williams as a racist caricature that resembled a monkey throwing a tantrum on the court.And it's clear to me that the Umpire could have easily let the this go. When in the world will a thumbs up to Serena help her win a tennis match. I say the Umpire tried the exact same thing with Venus, and she let him know that he was wrong, and did not know where her eyes was, and the Umpire has been bitter since, and decided that he would figure out a way to get Venus by getting her sister. He just seem like the type and there are many out there who has to always Question a Woman of Color Greatness. Many want to trash Serena and name call her , and accuse her of being angry because she was losing, well if that is the case than how in the world do all the others Serena has beat feel about her many Wins against them.

  • This is just because an american has Lost in america to a japonese, you are the racist, shame on you america

  • Serena is not perfect, and she has never tried to be, shes Human, shes a woman of color who just happen to Love Tennis. Her dad started when she and her sister was very Young, Grooming, and coaching them , an has helped them to be able to stand up against the fiery arrows aimed at them. The Williams has been through the storm so to say. But the truth of the matter is if Serena were to boycott every tennis event at which some people has made an offensive, dehumanizing reference to her body's size and shape,, and how she look she'd have to quit the sport altogether...

  • That guy was just angry at how Serena pointed her fingers at him so him being a man saying I’m the umpire here you don’t talk to me like that hahaha

  • This max dude doesn’t know a damn thing about tennis does he?

  • Congratulations to Naomi!