The Serena Williams Tirade: Is Serena the New Johnny Mac?

K. D. JamesCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12:  Serena Williams argues a call by the line judge which led to her disqualification for a conduct violation during the Women's Singles Semifinal match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium on day thirteen of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  Clijsters defeated Williams 6-4, 7-5. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I'm upset that I didn't see the tennis match on Saturday, which was on rain delay so often in Flushing Meadows, NY, that I saw (between sleep and wake) USC true freshman quarterback Matt Barkley and company come from behind and beat Ohio State instead that night on ABC.

Normally, I'd be quick to defend Serena, but—like a male predecessor who won a lot but whined a lot, too (John McEnroe, natch)—the end result shown on sports highlights on YouTube and ESPN disgusted me, as she lost in a bizarre, 2009 US Open women's semifinal match, 4-6, 5-7, to the comeback queen from Belgium, Kim Clijsters.

As a friend told me not too long ago, you can take the girl outta Compton, but you can't take Compton outta the girl. It's not an excuse, and it's definitely an embarrassment for the sport. For Serena. For Venus. For Oracene and Richard. For Billie Jean King, et al.

Who knows if Serena would've beaten Clijsters without protesting that line call? But as a Jehovah's witness and as a sane person, she needs to clean up her act, probably take some anger management or therapy sessions. Or her best days may be behind her already.

What are your thoughts? A brat? Uncontrollable? No class? Like Johnny Mac? I'm going to poll to see what you all think of her after that fiasco. (Disclaimer: Please, I beg you, be open but respectful in your comments. Thanks.)