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Game, Set, Match

November 30, 2009 | NeW Staff

It seems Serena Williams’s tantrum over the summer is catching up to her. The New York Times reports:

“World number one Serena Williams has been fined $175,000 and put on probation for two years for her foul-mouthed tirade at the U.S. Open.”

We all remember Ms. Williams’s outburst in the US Open semi-finals against Kim Clijsters over a “foot-fault.” Although Ms. Williams won the match, her “expletive-laced rant” against the lineswoman’s call is the memory we all share. The outburst, which culminated with the tennis starlet clenching her fist and threatening to “shove it down” the judge’s throat, showed America that competitive women have an ugly side.

While Ms. Williams admits to “handling the situation poorly,” the incident leaves me wondering why women, at times, behave so distasteful. Do women, more than men, get away with such behavior? Well, I am not sure Williams is “getting away” with anything considering that substantial fine. But are women more likely to be publically forgiven for such nasty episodes more so than men?

What do you think? Are women treated the same as men when it comes to public rants and raves?

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