Monday, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski weighed in on Serena Williams’ meltdown at the U.S. Open, saying the tennis star is “incapable” of not taking the chair umpire’s ruling that she was being illegally coached “personally.”
Williams turned the issue into sexism rather than about her breaking the rules, berating the umpire and breaking rackets.
“She was being coached, and she also did throw the racket,” argued Brzezinski. “Personally, I don’t think that’s becoming, whether a man does it or a woman does it. And apparently, it’s against the rules and she threw it, so it happened. And then for me, the biggest thing, especially given, sort of, the conversations I have with women about knowing their value and communicating it effectively. One of the big know your value rules is: don’t take it personally.”
She continued, “The entire thing that played out on the court was extremely personal, it was about Serena, it was about being apologized to and it became — it just completely blew out of control and quite frankly impacted her tennis, you could argue. But even more so took away from what was really happening. The winner was amazing and she won and really what should have happened for her, was taken away by Serena, incapable of not taking this all personally and taking it all in.”
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