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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  • Patrick Hazlewood
    Patrick Hazlewood 10 hours ago

    That was frustrating when the other two said game vs point. It's how the penalties work if you keep going you'll get a game docked. Serena had already been given violations, Novak and the other guys hadn't!!!!!!!!!

  • Ever high
    Ever high 10 hours ago

    Because women are so oppressed 😭😭😭😂😂😂😂

  • Gopi Krishnan
    Gopi Krishnan 10 hours ago

    ESPN is Garbage......

  • Uncle Freddy
    Uncle Freddy 10 hours ago +1

    Ummmmm, we didn't need your input on that Stephen but thanks bro.

  • Cristobal Sosa
    Cristobal Sosa 11 hours ago +1

    The white guy most be one of SW friend cuz only they and her fans think she’s right 🙄 👊🏼 Carlos Ramos just did his job and he was right, she was cheating and his coach admitted and when she said “he gives me a thumbs up” she saw the signal so she is a CHEATEEEER!!! The black guy is a real journalist, he speaks about other times when Ramos gives the exact same penalties to other male tennis players, that is a good journalist 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 the white guy is an ignorant cuz he doesn’t know the rules in tennis only talks what he saw in tv 👎🏼

  • FocusFanatic
    FocusFanatic 11 hours ago

    Racism? Really? Wasn't her opponent on the court black as well?

  • Edwin Mariano
    Edwin Mariano 11 hours ago

    I have always suspected that Max is an a-whole. Now It's confirmed.

  • Theuniverse Isaniceplace

    ESPN SJW tv , a jew, a black man, and a bitch on a panel.

  • Mass John John
    Mass John John 11 hours ago

    A game is way different than a point. That CANNOT be overlooked!

  • Emily stevens
    Emily stevens 12 hours ago

    I thought all athletes were coached during the games.

  • Mackenzie B
    Mackenzie B 12 hours ago

    Max is scared of being criticized for speaking his heart. He will be labeled sexist and racist. Max is a tool for the liberal agenda. Serena Williams is in a league of her own but noting lasts forever.

  • fortnite Tips
    fortnite Tips 12 hours ago

    I think Serena is fed up with how they been treating her she took like 10 drug random drug test in the summer for no reason made her change her wardrobe and alot of other shit these tennis folks doing to her they're ready to market a white tennis woman athlete

  • Gwendolyn de Ashborough

    She was Out Of Line and WRONG ?

  • Jo Howard
    Jo Howard 13 hours ago

    Max K " he could've turned the other way " wow Max, I guess that's how they do it at HBO huh😉, totally shameful

  • Tantiwa Hopak
    Tantiwa Hopak 13 hours ago

    Who is this retard? Makes me puke hearing his words. Damn it

  • Allan Shade
    Allan Shade 13 hours ago

    The Umpire was a veteran. He should know that players will become emotional. He cannot take comments personally. He must be cautious enough to prevent from deciding the game. The players decide the game through their play. Osaka played well enough to beat Serena, but the referee inserted himself as a contributing factor, now the victory looks skewed. I hate that for Osaka and I hate that for the female tennis G.O.A.T. Nonetheless, congratulations to Osaka. Hopefully, these two can meet again and compete without this form of referee involvement.

  • AkIRA_22
    AkIRA_22 14 hours ago

    Why the hell should you get away with something just because it can cost a match? If you don't want to lose due to sanctions... don't get sanctioned. It's called good sportspersonship.

  • TheChubbyd07
    TheChubbyd07 14 hours ago

    Amen Steven A. Max, a biggest cuck as always.

  • Jazz Hawk
    Jazz Hawk 14 hours ago

    ESPN is pathetic

  • Andy Aigbogun
    Andy Aigbogun 14 hours ago

    Anyone spot Kelly Rowland behind Serena Williams coach?

  • Wilbert Stevenson
    Wilbert Stevenson 14 hours ago

    For an umpire the call has to be the call whatever is on the line. ... that’s what’s wrong with the NBA - some refs are afraid to call fouls on the “stars” in big games. ... in boxing, the refs won’t take points from Mayweather even though he holds the whole fight - give this Ump a raise!

  • Stephen Burks
    Stephen Burks 15 hours ago

    Congrats to Naomi Osaka...may she beat serena psycho/sicko, every time they play. Hopefully SerenaStorm will retire due to the inherent injustices put upon her because she is a poor black woman.

  • Ay der la
    Ay der la 15 hours ago

    so biased

  • pellui millen
    pellui millen 16 hours ago

    If she was a male, she'd rank somewhere in #200

  • pellui millen
    pellui millen 16 hours ago

    how sexist! men's short 3 second outbursts don't always get penalized, but when a woman has a 15 minute melt down, she gets penalized. somehow this whole thing just keeps reminding me about that episode of ANTM where Tyra is upset about yet another insane black contestant "why do you have to act like that? you know, we're trying so hard to make one season without a character that reinforces the stereotype about black women being insane bitches"

  • note2owns
    note2owns 16 hours ago

    Serena has been playing professional tennis for 22 years. Hard to believe, but given that fact she is not in her prime anymore. Yeah, she still is a very good player, but nowhere near where she was say 10 years ago. It's hard for some people to decline gracefully when they were on a level that only a handful of people reach.

  • Addex
    Addex 16 hours ago

    Jesus fucking christ, I am done. At every fucking corner there has to be a beta male sjw cuck. I didn't know Max was such a beta male pussy.

  • v44rgtuy0l3
    v44rgtuy0l3 17 hours ago

    This snowflake is so wrong. What she said was verbally abusing the ref, there's no excuse. She was wrong. End of discussion.
    Further Serena is not the GOAT, she can't beat the top men and she knows it.

  • Ryan O'Driscoll
    Ryan O'Driscoll 17 hours ago

    serena wouldn't do shit in the men's league. She'd be good, but 100% not be a GOAT. It's not sexist, it's the truth

  • The Coffee House
    The Coffee House 17 hours ago

    ""As a black man" - That should be put on that dude's grave. Every other fucking sentence he's gotta mention he's a black man.

  • Andrew Bell
    Andrew Bell 18 hours ago

    Ramos was in the right Serena was the one threatening his career and calling him a thief I don't care if its the 1st round of a 250 tournament or a final in a slam the rules are the rules, you can't just ignore it because its a final ffs.

  • Darrin A
    Darrin A 18 hours ago

    Max is a cuck

  • K A
    K A 18 hours ago

    It wouldn’t be entertaining if Max didn’t take part in the opposing point of view. It’s obvious he doesn’t agree with Serena he just said it for entertainment purposes.

  • jenni
    jenni 18 hours ago

    Well thank god someone is saying this. I agree that the call was too rough given the circumstances of the match, but as Stephen says, the umpire operated within the rules, Serena didn't. Plain and simple. And as he also pointed out, Serena doesn't really have a leg to stand on in terms of the sexism argument.

  • TheCrazeydragon
    TheCrazeydragon 19 hours ago

    she couldnt handle losing and played all the cards in her deck, she was coached she was caught end of. Other players may get away with it but on this occasion she was caught. And dont dare quote sexism or race in sports in 2018 please just because your losing jeez what a world talk about playing the cards

  • Rocha23
    Rocha23 19 hours ago

    max needs to get is ass kick in live tv

  • Julio Hernandez
    Julio Hernandez 19 hours ago

    I have to disagree with Stephen on Ramos having ANY culpability. Serena was simply playing with the fact that she thought she wouldn't get a game penalty, but that was her own gamble, and she rightfully lost. Ghastly behavior by Serena all around.

  • Harshil Patel
    Harshil Patel 19 hours ago

    Max, Why is he shouting ??????? Utter nonsense. Stupid comments by him. Hope ESPN avoid him next time.

  • Big Daddy
    Big Daddy 20 hours ago

    The Liberals and their own Medias simply create left wing fake News .they know if they simply come up with any off wall or of the cuff allegation then use it as their own party allegations as fact and then theses despicables make it their own top story so it's easy for them to be in their own constant Media lime lights by simply making any accusing statement and then these Demented Liberal democrat Media bahoons make their accusing be as if its real News .Fact Liberal CNN, ABC ,AND NSNBC are a the major Media threats to all truth and valid Journalism today which is why I refuse to ever listen or watch these well dressed Liberal News Anchors give their one-sided or lopsided backbiting News Now think name any day or even one positive News report on the New President theses snobby Liberal aholes Medias have done at all .Now fact you can't despite the thriving economy they jerkwads still refuse to do any positive Articles which proves how unethical and mean spirited they prove they are .

  • Land Legion
    Land Legion 20 hours ago

    Hey serena see what happens when you sellout for white dick 😂

  • James McGoldrick
    James McGoldrick 20 hours ago

    Our Supergirl Serena has vowed to „fight for women‘s rights“ in order to avoid a repitition of the „unfair“ treatment that she received during the US Open Final, that is „You cannot do this to me just because I am a woman“. Maybe if Serena had known about these statistics, she would not have spewed such nonsense during the US Open final recently. Perhaps she will now be fighting for MEN‘S rights in tennis .. similarly, Katrina Adams would not have talked about the „double standard“ in tennis, in support of Serena : She at least should have known the reality of the situation before talking such garbage !
    All Fines, 1998-2018 Men Women
    Racket Abuse 646 99
    Audible Obscenity 344 140
    Unsportsmanlike Conduct 287 67
    Coaching 87 152
    Ball Abuse 49 35
    Verbal Abuse 62 16
    Visible Obscenity 20 11
    No Press 6 10
    Time Violations 7 3
    Best Effort 2 0
    Default 2 0
    Doubles Attire 2 1
    Late for Match 1 1
    First-Round Retirement 2 0
    Totals 1517 535

  • sisi Catch
    sisi Catch 20 hours ago

    If Naomi was white, Serena would say that she lost because she is black. Serena, stop it! Your time has passed, you are already old for sports, sit with your child, it's time for young people. You are already a legend, stay with it and go with dignity. Enough of hysterics

  • Mel the darcsen umbreon

    Yeeeah...serena was defiantly in the wrong and her childish sjw tantrum proves it.

  • Modern Spirit
    Modern Spirit 20 hours ago

    She couldn't take it she got out classed with ease by an Asian. That's where the real pain comes from.

  • Eric Augusto
    Eric Augusto 20 hours ago

    Seems like max wanted a raise

  • Family Fizzle TV Family Fizzle TV

    Stephen A. on point as usual.

  • Thomas Lin
    Thomas Lin 21 hour ago

    Max sometimes just wants to get the approval of BLACK AMERICA. (which I don't fault him) but he was wrong

  • vernon hendricks
    vernon hendricks 21 hour ago

    Ghetto came out and the crowd sucked as well.

  • AfroTech
    AfroTech 21 hour ago

    If you don't watch tennis or understand their rules and say they wronged serena, you may be retarded

  • Mike Askew
    Mike Askew 21 hour ago

    Coming from a man who has NEVER played anything but cards....Please

  • John Leon
    John Leon 21 hour ago

    Lol! This guy is so full of crap! He's blaming the chair umpire to make himself look good in the liberal media circle.

  • Ferrari Scuderia
    Ferrari Scuderia 21 hour ago

    and come back after his period over

  • Jeff Galus
    Jeff Galus 21 hour ago

    Hey Kellerman what do say when Serena threatens females judges is that sexism

  • Ferrari Scuderia
    Ferrari Scuderia 21 hour ago

    Max needs to go shave his pussy and

  • Gamer X
    Gamer X 22 hours ago

    I don't think that u should summarize her as a bad person by a wrong she has done humans make mistakes but also do good . In our lives we do more good than bad but a mere bad gets a lot of criticism rather than a lot of good deeds for which one should receive appreciation. It was a bad act of sportsmanship but we shouldn't forget that she has set very good examples in the game too and think of her personality by just this act. Though she should apologize for this act as I find criticism good for realizing ppl the wrongs they have done.

  • david vega
    david vega 22 hours ago

    The first commentator is so unprofessional, to say she is correct is like to say lots of people are murderers and so if I do murder someone is OK. Rules are rules this happens all over the world with sport stars they think they should get special treatment, this is not the first time she has done something like this. Serena is and will be the greatest feminine player in tennis history, second commentator you are really objective so well done

  • Michel van der Linden
    Michel van der Linden 22 hours ago

    What controversy? She misbehaved, she was verbally abusive, she was a bad sport. THE END.

  • Larry Boone
    Larry Boone 22 hours ago

    The one thing I like about that match was that both women
    Were American citizens.
    But neither of them represented
    Strange ain't it?
    Y'all not looking at the whole

  • Mon Mi
    Mon Mi 22 hours ago

    1. This guy needs to breath. His tone is really annoying
    2. Serena....After this episode youtube was suggesting more "reactions" from her. You know what? if you can't behave.....go home. Male, female.....I agree 100% with the punishment.

  • Hagbard Celine
    Hagbard Celine 23 hours ago

    Lay off the crack mate.

  • absolutebore
    absolutebore 23 hours ago +1

    This idiot talks about baseball (wtf) then he says he grew up in the Connors, McEnroe era, guess what? McEnroe and Connors didn't do that stuff in a final of a GS tournament and take the limelight away from the victor. A young champion that didn't get to enjoy the greatest day of her life because a diva couldn't handle losing and she decided to play the victim card.

  • Douglas Stejskal
    Douglas Stejskal 23 hours ago

    Serena's mad. Is she(?) mad because she got badly beaten by a better player or because her jockstrap broke?

  • Gambit771
    Gambit771 23 hours ago

    McEnroe was penalised and fined over and over again. He actually has an impressively long list of punishments so for him to act like McEnroe would've got away with it is pure nonsense.

  • Gla ZeD
    Gla ZeD 23 hours ago

    Can I jump in guys Can u please jump the fuk out the window

  • Rudy Leon
    Rudy Leon 23 hours ago

    Lol token SJW white guy 😂😂😂 come on man

  • Gla ZeD
    Gla ZeD 23 hours ago

    Must be a leftist channel fuk me never watch again

  • Gla ZeD
    Gla ZeD 23 hours ago

    Fuk me that white guy on the right is a complete idiot....

  • Steven Kraus
    Steven Kraus Day ago

    First guy needs to stop eating soy

  • Anesu
    Anesu Day ago

    Serena was wrong but the ump was extreme

  • MPL0616
    MPL0616 Day ago

    Why does Stephen A. have to confirm every time there's a race discussion that he's a black man. You are Stephen A.? I thought you were Filipino.

  • Boxing Supraves
    Boxing Supraves Day ago

    Max, please shut up.
    - Everybody else on earth

  • Owl
    Owl Day ago

    Fucking bitch, fuck you. It is always a mans fault, men do so much more fot this world than women, and that is how you treat us, we are stronger and faster, he was a veteran, he did more than Serena

  • Ricky
    Ricky Day ago

    She knew she was dealing with a more strict chair umpire. She shouldn't even made a glance at her coach during the game. And when you watch the whole video she just wouldn't stop arguing with the coach. Then the higher up officials had to come out. It was ridiculous, it was constant non-stop! It's like a customer at a retail store who's wrong but there arguing with the employee, then the manager and they just won't shut up.

  • Tomoya Kono
    Tomoya Kono Day ago

    Needless to say, Serena was absolutely outplayed by Naomi and that’s why she lost. Second, Carlos Ramos was absolutely right with what he did. Giving her a first warming for coaching (when there’s a suspicious sign or action by the coach players do get warming and Serena should’ve known that with her long career), a second warning for breaking the racquet which ended up as a point penalty and third warning for threatening the umpires career, asking for an apology and calling him a thief. She should’ve known that being aggressive to the umpire and linesman could cost her the whole game from the semifinals against Kim Clijsters. Well, basically it was her fault nothing to do with wines right or sexism and she showed no class.

  • Prashant Ramachandran

    So what are the other 2 saying, that a referee should only enforce rules if it won't make a big difference to the match? That Lebron must not be called out for a violation if the game is a championship decider? That Serena must be given leeway because she is a champion and this is the finals? What sense does that make? It was plain and simple that what Serena did was unacceptable. There's no need to bring any other angle to this. The coaching violation may not have been in her control but the racquet abuse and verbal abuse were entirely in her control. She breached them, and got penalized for it. End of story. Stop making a big deal out of this.

  • nunyer beeznaz
    nunyer beeznaz Day ago

    Also wrong for having too much in her jeans !! Genetics testing ?

  • Kane Campbell
    Kane Campbell Day ago

    1:22 Yes he did!

  • Josh Brackelsberg

    If you see every second of the actual footage Ramos' giving a game penalty not even close to suspicious or excessive. Serena was ridiculously over the top.
    And McEnroe was ruining the game of tennis. There's never been anyone who got away with his crap since then. They were like, never again after him. Lol.
    McEnroe was not an exception to the rule. He was the whole entire season why the refs are so strict now.
    To answer if it was sexist I just ask myself two questions, if it was me or McEnroe who acted like that, throwing a tantrum for that long, that excessively, would either of us be surprised by it? Nope! Maybe upset, but no man in their right mind could ever think they didn't maybe deserve a game penalty if they'd done what she did.

  • Keith Arnei
    Keith Arnei Day ago

    Good Lord. Shup up You stupid idiot.. so disturbing the way he talk.

  • Killer CD
    Killer CD Day ago +1

    What sort of a cuck is this guy on the right....

  • Bj D
    Bj D Day ago

    The hypocrisy .... what kind of example was her behaviour for her daughter?

  • Bj D
    Bj D Day ago

    The world is nuts to even give any airtime to Serena's "justifications". She should retire .. I will never watch another match involving her.

  • Bud Wiser
    Bud Wiser Day ago +1

    Who cares,the shits over and fake news is going to ware the shit out of this. I'm waiting for Trump to be blamed for this. ESPN is a Liberal shit network anyways and I'm sorry I happened upon this worn out topic anyways. Go Kirk Schilling.

  • easy
    easy Day ago

    Are you kidding me. To call it sexist is what is wrong with everything right now. Serena berated him constantly for a while and it was only when she called him a thief did he finally punish her. He talks about Mcenroe era and how they got away with so i thought i would watch a video of his outbursts and the very first one he calls the umpire a Jerk and gets a code violation and gets another for racket abuse. the one after it he said "bullshit" and got a code violation. As far as i can see from my limited watching it seems like men get it too WHEN YOU BREAK THE RULES.

  • Micky Antiforms
    Micky Antiforms Day ago

    Max is usually wrong, and this time he was totally wrong.

  • Agent of Chaos
    Agent of Chaos Day ago

    The guy in the blue tie is a buffoon.

  • sangtea rspa
    sangtea rspa Day ago

    1:50 Time has changed.using abusive words should be banned.serena was crying????? has to be the umpire crying because of those abusive words..

  • Dean Bolton
    Dean Bolton Day ago

    What a loads of bollocks, all props to the umpire

  • Svetoslav Hinkov

    respect for Stephen A. Smith even he said it clear !enough of this fat cow she insulted all men with her words !

  • Scott Davidson
    Scott Davidson Day ago

    Kellerman is a douch bag lol

  • aghahowa11
    aghahowa11 Day ago +1

    tennis must be a shit sport, when a player threatens the line judge and even walks up to her in a threatening manner! SHUD HAVE BEEN CHUCKED OUT of the court, even in men's soccer it wud be a straight red card!

  • Kings Slayer
    Kings Slayer Day ago

    Sweet just as max says, if i kill someone at a pivotal moment. People should look the other way!

  • BFHRD503 X
    BFHRD503 X Day ago

    ESPN should get rid of Max. I can't stand watching that jackass speak.

  • 4640jds
    4640jds Day ago

    Why doesn’t anyone state the obvious! Serena is a total pig, we all know that! BUT, who would even give a shit about women’s tennis, if she didn’t constantly act like an ass!

  • Kevin Franke
    Kevin Franke Day ago

    It's a Tranny, he is upset loosing to a women, she is just a bad man tennisplayer

  • Jvi Mer
    Jvi Mer Day ago

    Skip to 310 to skip Max hearing himself talk

  • randall skipper
    randall skipper Day ago

    Stephen a is a logical person

  • randall skipper
    randall skipper Day ago

    A real winner, is a good loser, have some respect for the winner, ESPN sucks, give me a break

  • Soul Waffle
    Soul Waffle Day ago

    Pls only casuals say this is sexism

  • Daniel Reardon
    Daniel Reardon Day ago

    have some respect for the umpire god damn