Serena's interview on Good Morining America

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  1. fuhzball

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    I just happenned to turn to Good Morning America during breakfast for Serena's interview, supposedly an apology for her actions. It turned out to be a 8 minute plug for her new book "On the Line". I've never been a fan of the Williams sisters, but she said that her actions were no worse than others and that the publics' outrage at her threats might be because she is a woman.
    After this egotistical, grandiose, excuse of an explaination, I don't see how anyone can believe her sincerity. She must have mentioned "the book I wrote, On the Line" 15 times. One would think, in the face of larger fines and a possible suspension, she would at least try to act a little more humble, but she dosen't care about tennis, or the linesperson she threatened, or the fans. She cares about Serena.
     
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  2. Kevinfiji

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    Give it a rest dude. Serena's a great athlete and she's right. Marat Safin for example would scream at linespeople till he was blue in the face, nothing came of it, so why bother Serena. Get a life hater!
     
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    No, I don't think it is time to give it a rest yet. Her behavior was not excusable in any sense of sportsmanship, it does not matter what anyone else including Marat did in the past.

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    Agree !

    I do appreciate the fact that Serena is not phoney and will not say she is sorry to help save future endorsements or reduce pending penalties.

    If such an assult had been received, the public would never hear the end of it and all kinds of ugly associations would be attached to the attack.

    Its really sad that there is no compassion for the linesperson from Serena and she feels justified since she believes she was wronged.

    Its also sad that Serena is attempting to compare this incident to other ugly incidents in tennis history. If she only spent soo much time and thought considering that attack and taking a positive approach to making a reasonable closure. Nope, its all about making more money and getting more publicity.
     
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  5. Nuke

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    The books is by Serena Williams and Daniel Paisner. Want to speculate how much of the work Paisner did? In most of these sports bios, the subject has some interviews with the real author, who then writes the book.
     
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    Here is a link to a video of the interview.
     
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  7. fuhzball

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    maybe she could amend the title to "My foot is On the Line"...
     
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  8. bhallic24

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    who are we kidding serena is not really sorry. she apologized because she basically had to. Kanye West is not truly sorry. Come on folks, these people, that's who they are. They are just putting on a show with their Apologies.
     
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    You gotta love that title :)
     
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    Great title.
     
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    And we should excuse her cos she's a great athelete? :confused: She may be a great athelete but she'll never be a great champion. Do you think you would ever see Roger Federer behave like that? Roger Federer IS a GREAT CHAMPION.
     
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    Spoken like a true Serena-hater, blowing an incident way out of proportion. She's apologized a million times already. I've been watching the sensationalist shows about this topic, shows which generally can count on to show the most sensational sound byte and the worst she said was she wanted to shove a ball down her throat! Big deal! Others have done far worse with fewer consequences. And btw to all critics, raise your hand if you've never lost your temper!
     
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  13. JankovicFan

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    Apologists are creepy.
     
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    What planet are you living on, she apologized to the lines person! It's not about the lines person in particular, it's about the call!
     
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  15. fuhzball

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    no, she said she would LIKE to apologize to the linesperson. I guess she couldn't get her number... and I don't hate her (as if it matters) but I'm guessing she has generated $100K extra revenue for her book with this little stunt. Maybe I'll threaten somone at work today and let's see if they only fine me 1/1,000,000,000 of my monthly salary...
     
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  16. JankovicFan

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    In fairness, that interview had probably been long scheduled as a book promotion, and Serena tried to salvage some mention of the book out of it.
     
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    Nobody is arguing Serena is a great athlete. It's what she said that differs from all the other tirade.
     
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    This incident has not been blown out of proportion at all. She is THE leading tennis player of the US. She is a huge draw for tennis, its tournaments and its sponsors. This is evident by the prime time night matches she gets placed into.

    When she takes the court there is more on the line than just her win loss record. There is a ton of money changing hands from tickets to people advertising their product.

    This isn't her responsibility, but she should be aware of it. She, and others like her are large part of the process that makes professional tennis successful and which in the end pays her a huge some of money. Without the sponsors, advertisers and ticket holders she would win nothing. Nada, zilch. So, the game is circular in that respect. And Serean, by her actions just s*** on it. And to make it worse, she aint sorry for it.

    But, what can you do. Shes got her bling already. She just apologized to make all the noise go away.

    And too bad for you that you don't realize what I posted here.
     
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  19. fuhzball

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    You're probably right. She had this scheduled, banking on being the Ladies US Open Champion for 2009.
     
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    I'm not sure how people could justify her actions. Safin, Mac and Connors all had outburst and should have been penalized more but that does not excuse Serena's behavior. I'm all for players loosing their tempers, but that outburst was uncalled for. If indeed she said " I will kill you" or "shove this **** ball down your **** throat these are verbal assaults, threats, that cannot be ignored. Mac, Connors, Safin for all their outbursts never said those things.

    I have never been a fan of Serena. At least Venus acknowledges her opponents in a loss or win and is very considerate to opponents she beats. Serena never does, and has never been a true sportsmen. She always has an excuse for a loss. She may have 8 slams but she will never be a true champion.
     
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    Serena's behaviour on court was disgraceful. Her behaviour since then has been both disgraceful AND reprehensible.
     
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    Her behavior and words are not credible either. You just don't do a turnaround from being a monster to portraying yourself as penitent and angelic unless there is something seriously wrong with you. If people aren't afraid of her, they should be. That's why she needs to be suspended for some time...give everyone a break and let her know that it's not all better now after reading some script that an assistant wrote for her.
     
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    After having seen this interview, it is clear Serena is still trying to minimize her behavior from saturday night.

    I really like the early part of the video (when they are showing the post-doubles match inteview) where; JM asks her if her sudden apologetic tone was something that clicked in her head in the past 24 hours. The look on Serena's face is priceless at that moment. It's like she knows she's realizing that smart people are not buying her weak attempts at damage control. Way to go JM for asking that question on center court! And just look at Serena just try to laugh it off as if something funny was said. She's just forcing herself to laugh when Venus chimes in with her suggestion that we 'move on'. What Venus means by "moving on" in this case really means to "let's avoid the truth and talk about things that make us look good".

    So then the interview on GMA starts, she's asked about the incident. Serena immediately tries to justify herself saying that she hasn't foot faulted all year. What does that have to do with her current foot faults? Does she not see the possibility that she's starting to foot fault? She got called for it a few more times in the tournament there are pictures that prove she double faulted saturday night. She then keeps trying to put a positive spin on it by saying that she's a 'competitor' and "passionate about her work" and then says she got "a little over excited". Does this sound like someone who realizes the ugliness of her behavior?

    I sincerely hope no one is striving to be like her (as she seems to believe). A proper suspension and fine would instill in kids that they are NOT to look up to Serena as a role model.

    Then she's asked about a possible suspension. She looks quite scared at this point. She's reminded that her friend Mary Carillo has openly said that Serena should be suspended and this is the ugliest incident she's ever seen. Her reply: "Well there's a lot of things out there that have happened before this". Again an attempt to minimize her behavior and compare it to a different tennis era.

    Then she's asked about the possibility that any of this is gender-based. Her reply: "Is it?" followed by an arrogant laugh. Clearly her eyes lit up at this point and she wants to try to put this theory forward. Her little laugh can be translated into: "No it isn't but maybe I can use it and milk this as an excuse for all its worth". So she's excited and smiling again but doesn't want to show that she's too excited so she says "Well maybe it can be a little bit".

    She then says that there are a lot of things that go on, on the court, that people don't know about. Excuse me? It seems the courts are lined with cameras and mics and players' actions analyzed by tv analysts and fans. What is she trying to say here? She's clearly just trying to make it seem like people don't understand or don't have insight into what goes on. This is quite absurd. But she's clearly smiling at this point and wants to keep talking about it. So she repeats "It could possibly be that it's gender-based. I don't know I can't answer that". Well she just did answer.

    There is nothing new or surprising in this interview. She is just being her usual arrogant self-absorbed self and trying to make a few more dollars by plugging a book that I hope no one will be dumb enough to spend hard-earned money on.
     
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    I agree with all those who've found Serena's behavior very disappointing indeed.

    She may be one of the best tennis players ever, but after her tirade on the court and her behavior afterwards (full of glib self-forgiveness and lame self-justification), in my mind, she's no champion and certainly no role model.

    She has cheapened herself and cheapened the sport.
     
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  25. fuhzball

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    who thinks this moment will define her career or will it wither away??
     
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    "Give it a rest dude. OJ's a great athlete and he's right. Donte Stallworth for example would drive drunk and kill people "accidentally", nothing came of it (1 month in jail), so why bother OJ. Get a life hater!"

    so is the above what you want me to type? cause I can make some lame analogy too. kevinfiji, perhaps you need to get a life, and see that Serena did was plain wrong, and she can't even apologize until 3 days later, when she knew that now ITF will be looking into her actions. why don't you get a life, and stop your posts count at 8?
     
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    shes about to be on :"the situation room" on cnn

    right now!
     
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    saw her this morning on Regis and Kelly. She's working hard on damage control...
     
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    ^Oh wow. Yeah either that or she was really sure she'd win and had planned a victory tour. Again, just another example of her extreme arrogance.
     
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    That's actually a really good point, as I too appreciate the fact that Serena is not phony in her apology. You can tell that Serena honestly believes she was justified and right in what she did, and as such won't truly apologize for something she doesn't think is wrong...which is actually kind of refreshing in this day and age of dumb apologies (Chris Brown, Kanye, etc). That being said, I think she deserves to be suspended for the rest of the year and lose all her prize money from the tourney. What she did was both ridiculous and embarrassing to her and the sport of tennis, and needs to be punished. While her lack of remorse is in some ways refreshing, it's also rather telling to what she believes and thinks...
     
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    what a creep.
     
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    The Truth

    " Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper " ........... George Orwell

    Not only newspapers, George. Internet forums too.

    Why is everyone afraid to speak the truth ?

    What Serena did was commit an assault with a deadly weapon while spewing profanity and a death threat. Period.
     
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  33. SteveI

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    What color is the grass on your planet? It is about the call? Maybe it was about her reaction to the call and her going nuts on a national stage, stating she was going to... etc.. etc.

    Yikes!
     
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    Well...said. Tennis has never seen the likes of her behavior. Tennis will take a major hit for her actions unless they step up and really hit her hard. 6 months.. major fines.. ranking points.. at least two GS.
     
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    LOL!

    10 char
     
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    Wasn't that big of a deal. The funny part was post match when JMac turned tail and didn't really jump into it. He mentioned that he regretted some of his on-court outburts, etc. Mary Carillo is the CONSUMMATE TOOL. What did she do but play dubs with JMac?? She's still riding his coat tails and she abruptly tones down whenever he takes a different stance than she does. You can hear the envy when she speaks about the Williams sisters.
     
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    She was on GMTV!?
     
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    I'm sorry but I really don't think it's that big of a deal, there was no physical abuse and no one got hurt. WTA should weigh their options, If it could be detrimental to business to suspend a world class player like serena, then I don't think they should... Words are words, serena, like every other american can say whatever she wants, she's just stupid enough to say it on national TV
     
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    I dare you to try using the same exact words and gestures on somebody at your workplace. Let us know where you end up.
     
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    Exactly! Nowhere else in a place of "work" can you behave this way. Tennis has given her everything, and this is how she gives back. Without tennis she would be threatening to shove a big mac or whopper down your throat, since that is where she would be "working."

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    OMG! That is hilarious.
     
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    "a little over-excited..."
    I guess everything is relative.
     
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    You are joking right? "Tennis has never seen the likes of her behavior." You must be new to this game. I suggest you read "Hard Courts".
     
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    Let's say I'm a top producer at my business, maybe the second best person in the world at what I do... then what? they might have to think about firing me then...
     
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    This sounds to me like you are trying to justify that it's ok for somebody at a certain position to talk to somebody that way. If you ever get in that high position, I'd still say try saying the same phrase and manner to somebody. Like I said, let us know where you end up.
     
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    No, I just don't think it's that big of a deal. Did she physically hurt the lines woman? Does the line woman have any bruises, broken bones, or other abrasions? Like I said, words are just words. If the lines woman felt threatened then she should take legal action. If the lines woman doesn't feel this way, then we shouldn't either. I'm not saying Serena is a good sport or a nice person or anything to that effect, I'm just saying that people are over reacting and that it's not that big of a deal.
     
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    I have been around the game forever.. watch,teach, coach and play a ton.. I am still in shock over her actions. I have a copy of Hard Courts.. you think it was cool seeing that lines person run for her life. She was scared shi... less when she went back to the chair.. and I would have been also. Tell me of a worse incident on a national stage in primetime.. by a bigger star... Go for it!!!
     
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    really?
    you do realize that in every major company, you can and will get fired for any type of harassment (threats included).

    the lineswoman did feel threatened, and expressed it.
    there are something called emotional scars, you don't have to be physically hurt to be hurt. Just like after 911 in NYC, there were a ton of people that needed counseling even if when they did not receive physical injuries.
     
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    She stopped being right when she said it was due to her being a woman.

    Furthermore if a guy would've told a female line judge that he was gonna shove a ****in ball down her ****in throat he probably would've been arrested.
     
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    typical pathetic,cocky,asSerena. :rolleyes:
    Hope she gets suspended soon.
     
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