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Williams’ outburst is not that uncommon

September 14, 2009
By MIKE MATHISON

Wasn't that a nice display of class and sportsmanship by Serena Williams on Saturday at the U.S. Open?

Kind, gentle, loving and caring.

Yeah, right.

It didn't look much different than a display I saw recently at a high school sporting event where a coach, during a break in the action, addressed the parents of his team.

And, just to let you know, it wasn't to say how wonderful they were being.

If a coach has to address the parents during a sporting event, the line has been crossed and not by the coach.

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." - Matthew 12:34

The unfortunate part is that, from what I have seen, other coaches would be within their rights to also do the same.

The garbage part of what Williams did is not about the call by the lines official (which, granted, was terrible) but was the reaction of the 11-time Grand Slam champion.

She did not just cross a line, she leap-frogged it and I hope she is fined more than the $10,000 handed down on Sunday.

On top of that, she then tried to defend herself by saying something other than, "I was wrong. I am sorry."

Why is that so hard to say?

I see far too often on the soccer field after one player buries another into the turf and the whistle is blown.

"But, sir..."

Sorry, those two words should never come out of your mouth.

Accept the responsibility.

Be accountable for your actions.

Is that really so hard?

"Do all things without murmurings and disputings." - Philippians 2:14

I understand sports is emotional.

I understand things happen in all sports.

That does not make those reactions acceptable, excusable or right.

I wonder how the kids felt when they saw their coach talk to their parents?

Proud is not the right word.

Unfortunately, it's not just parents. It is also grandparents.

Our youth is seeing two generations of adults crossing the line.

So, then, adults, do not be shocked when your kid also crosses that line.

And when that happens, do not blurt out, "Where did you learn that?"

That is an easy multiple choice answer because there is only one answer.

Regardless of the sport, adults should never say one word to the opposing teams players, unless it is nothing more than words of encouragement.

At the same time, players should never say a word to parents of the other team, unless it's thank you.

Never.

"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." - Proverbs 15:1

As I said last week and before that, every person at a sporting event has a testimony to give.

Kids can play soccer hard and physical and clean.

Kids can play football by knocking the snot out of each other and doing it cleanly.

Kids can play volleyball by giving every once of energy on every point.

I have said before there is going to come a time when sporting events are played without parents.

If that would happen, I bet there would not be a shortage of soccer officials.

Indian Creek will hold its Senior Night for the soccer teams at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Kettlewell Stadium.

All members of the Jefferson Kiwanis Youth Soccer Club will be admitted free of charge.

Last week I said that 94 percent of all high school athletes do not play in college.

Let me further those numbers for you.

Of 321,400 high school male soccer players, about 18,320 play in college and 348 play professionally. That means your high school soccer star has less than a one percent chance to play the sport as a professional.

That percentage is the same in men's and women's basketball, football and baseball.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com)

 
 

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