MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski criticized professional tennis star Serena Williams Monday for her attitude on the court and said her behavior was unbecoming.
Williams accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after her Saturday loss to Naomi Osaka. Williams was hit with penalties related to illegal coaching and throwing her racket. (RELATED: Mika Brzezinski Absolves Democrats Of Immigration Crisis Calls Trump’s Policies ‘Blatantly Cruel’)
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“She was being coached, and she also did throw the racket,” Brzezinski said Monday. “Personally, I don’t think that’s becoming, whether a man does it or a woman does it. And apparently, it’s against the rules and she threw it, so it happened.”
Brzezinski claimed the incident could spawn an important conversation about gender and women, but said Williams took it too personally and lost control.
“For me, the biggest thing, especially given, sort of the conversations I have with women about knowing their value and communicating it effectively — one of the big know your value rules is don’t take it personally,” she continued. “The entire thing that played out on the court was extremely personal, it was about Serena, it was about being apologized to and it became — it just completely blew out of control and quite frankly impacted her tennis, you could argue.”
She also chastised Williams for taking the spotlight off Osaka and diminishing her victory.
“But even more so [it] took away from what was really happening,” she said. “The winner was amazing and she won and really what should have happened for her, was taken away by Serena, incapable of not taking this all personally and taking it all in.”
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