It's Time to Admit It: Serena Williams Is a Terrible Sport

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIISeptember 18, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12:  Serena Williams (L) argues with Brian Early (R) and Donna Kelso (C) after disqualified for a default during the Women's Singles Semifinal match against to 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.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

I thought it was peculiar that sports broadcasters slammed Serena Williams for her on-court outburst during last week's US Open. I mean, why did they criticize Serena now when she has been treated with kid gloves all these years?

My only question was whether she went that far over the line because she's never been disciplined before or was it a case of roid rage after all these years of obvious and unchecked steroid abuse? Either way, I blame the combination of the cuckolded WTA and gutless sports journalists who have refused to go after Williams even as they have continued to hound baseball players like Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire.

From the very beginning of their careers the world has lapped up the story of the Williams sisters. Two sisters from the "ghetto" of South Central LA who overcame adversity to become two of the best women's tennis players in history. The story was tailor made for every sports beat writer that covered them, prepackaged by their overbearing father Richard who blasted anyone who questioned it.

The problem with the story was it was complete BS. The sisters were born in Michigan, then moved briefly to Compton, CA before relocating to West Palm Beach, FL where they were enrolled in the very same tennis academies that other top players attended at the time.

Of course, if you wrote the "real" story Richard Williams would blast you for being a racist and threaten to sic Al Sharpton on you, so the fake story of little Serena and Venus fighting their way out of the ghetto lives on until this day.

Then there were the tournaments where the Williams sisters would cheat fans by putting on glorified exhibitions rather than playing each other at full speed. They always said it was because they didn't like to play against each other, but if that was really the case why did they continue to enter the same small tournaments all over the US?

Why not enter different tournaments? They have them all over the world and the Williams could have easily split up their schedule if they were so adverse to playing against each other. Instead they would play half-heartedly in front of people who had payed top dollar to see the world's best when the WTA came to their town.

And then there's the real elephant in the room. As rumors of steroid abuse swirled around the WTA in the late '90s and early 2000s, the WTA finally took action and called for offseason steroids testing. That testing was blocked by the top three women's tennis players at the time.

Those players were Serena and Venus Williams, along with Jennifer Capriati. Those three, along with Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsey Davenport, were players about whom there was the most speculation. The fact that these same players were the very ones who bullied the WTA into dropping offseason testing should have been front page news, but most sports "journalists" in the US refused to cover the story.

Particularly odd was the statement that Serena issued regarding why she was against steroid testing. She said women don't need to be tested because women don't take steroids. Really, Serena? And those East German women weren't cheating at the Olympics back in the '70s and '80s?

Then there was her refusal to take a mandated test for the 2004 Olympics. When they showed up at her house she refused to let them in. That should have disqualified her from the Games, but once again the WTA caved and allowed her to enter the tournament.

Her subsequent withdrawal from the Games because of an "injury" added to the questions surrounding her in the rest of the world, but here in the US she was treated with kid gloves.

Serena Williams has been a blight on women's tennis the same way Sosa, Bonds, Canseco, and Clemens have been on baseball. It's just that no one in the sporting press has wanted to admit it.

I think the best thing that every happened to women's tennis in the last few years has been the infusion of the uber-hot girls from the former Eastern Bloc like Maria Sharapova. Not only can these young women play the game, but their large modeling and endorsement contracts have curbed steroid use in the women's game in a way that the gutless WTA has been unwilling to do with proper testing.