Stephen A. says Serena Williams was wrong for 2018 US Open controversy | First Take | ESPN

  • Published on Sep 10, 2018
  • Stephen A. Smith says Serena Williams was wrong about the way she approached the chair umpire, adding that when she brought the issue of sexism into the argument, “that’s where she lost.”
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Comments • 17 702

  • Joey Robles
    Joey Robles 22 hours ago

    Osaka blew Carlos Ramos to not look at her coach coaching her every single point, fuck that umpire he needs to be fired

  • vbgggfff
    vbgggfff 5 days ago


  • Secret Agent Randy Beans

    Thank you Stephen a. 👍

  • justin lee
    justin lee 7 days ago

    To the white guy
    Just shut the fuck up

  • Zvezdan Aleksic
    Zvezdan Aleksic 8 days ago

    Steroids made her angry...Neurotic Histeric

  • Ejay Dagdag
    Ejay Dagdag 11 days ago +1

    did serena pay these bozos?

  • Jemand
    Jemand 11 days ago

    Serena is the best man ever playing tennis in the WTA!

  • Basketball Boy
    Basketball Boy 11 days ago

    just curious how many damn sports are they reporting?

  • Bichr Salhi
    Bichr Salhi 12 days ago

    it wasnt the umpire's fault that the public isnt talking about osaka. it was serena's tactics who did that.
    also, like mcenroe said, serena wouldnt even be top 100 if she were to play in men's tennis

  • David Westhoff
    David Westhoff 13 days ago

    f there was too much focus on serena, then mr. kellerman, why keep talking about serena, what a fucking douche you are..Smith you're just as much an asshole...the judge was spot on, serena was never right...and by the way, serena is a man..that's no woman.

  • David Westhoff
    David Westhoff 13 days ago +1

    Would someone please explain why this little Asian girl is playing against this huge black man?

  • Roy D. Mercer
    Roy D. Mercer 14 days ago

    Stephan A is right

  • kineticdeath
    kineticdeath 14 days ago

    im guessing the only reason the coaching was given a warning is because it had been ongoing, maybe the umpire caught a glimpse but not enough to make a call, then saw it again and then finally again and decided enough and gave the warning. Since the coach admitted to it thats my guesstimate and assumption, with all the risks that implies.

  • Kezia Naomi
    Kezia Naomi 20 days ago

    lmao this white dude is so afraid of saying what he really wants to say

  • TheTwitchybird
    TheTwitchybird 20 days ago

    The GOAT? That's a great joke. The Goat in women's tennis, maybe. People keep forgetting that she lost Karsten (He was ranked 203 in the male shit, he was basically a chain smoking alchoholic at that time). She isn't even close to being the "goat"

  • tim wong
    tim wong 21 day ago

    Stephen A. defending logic, love it!!

  • Khristan Rose
    Khristan Rose 21 day ago

    Yet if a man said this to a female empire then y’all would go crazy over the male tennis player.

  • Bijan Ajamlou
    Bijan Ajamlou 22 days ago

    That was not professional behaviour. Winning is not just about brawns and endurance. If the opponent was white she would have said the judge was racist. That women is not professional and needs to be fined so she now how to conduct.

  • John B.
    John B. 22 days ago

    These guys’ and especially Molly have no idea what they are talking about. She was given a game penalty due to the previous two code violations. It’s a build of violations towards a game penalty. She also has a history of berating Line Judges and Chair Umpires when a call doesn’t go her way. This is not a man/woman thing, it’s a Serena throwing a tantrum (AGAIN) thing.

  • RidingwithSam
    RidingwithSam 23 days ago

    when u try to be politically correct........ but a man of the same colour calls bullshit on it haha

  • HD Swizzle
    HD Swizzle 23 days ago

    Molly needs to shut THE FUCK UP

  • esucil
    esucil 24 days ago

    Why is it that only in america that you have the same guys analysing all different sports.. its blatantly clear they cant know every sport.. its crazy really

  • Victor Sierra
    Victor Sierra 24 days ago

    Max Kebler is an idiot

  • Kelly Northcott
    Kelly Northcott 24 days ago

    What female tennis player has behaved in this fashion.

  • keply g at bikini bottom smooth jazz festival

    Why is he yelling lmao

  • david delgado
    david delgado 25 days ago

    Its funny that this commentary box is full of gringos that know nothing abt tennis defending serena, literally the same attitude fromthe crowd booing osaka.

  • Live Streams and Videos

    Why should the umpire turn away if someone is saying shit??

  • Kevin
    Kevin 25 days ago

    Who's Molly banging

  • lexxa martin
    lexxa martin 27 days ago

    Stephen A says that the umpire has a record of being fair with men and women: which is understandable, but the point that Serena was trying to bring across was that other MALE tennis players get away with slamming their rackets so why is it that at this crucial stage in a match which signifies whether a record can be broken does it have to be a huge problem? Naomi did not win the game fair and square which is why Serena was pleading for a whole game to not go to Osaka.

  • King Balla TV
    King Balla TV 28 days ago

    Serena was wrong end of story

  • ddraguti
    ddraguti 29 days ago +2

    Female host is hot as hell.
    And yes, Serena was wrong.

  • Suraj Opinion is Never Better

    I call her SORErena LOSER now. What a disgusting woman.

  • Anand Nair
    Anand Nair 29 days ago

    Such a bad woman

  • Eric Vlahos
    Eric Vlahos 29 days ago

    The guy at the start is a pussy , scared to go against women and the truth

  • jacob savage
    jacob savage 29 days ago

    She completely overshadowed Osaka’s first grand slam win, a very selfish act

  • Frepa Gioerne
    Frepa Gioerne 29 days ago

    That white beta shemale is afraid of the race card for sure. This is America after 8 years of Obama

  • Pratik Chiku
    Pratik Chiku Month ago

    Those who know tennis know Serena was wrong. What these NBA American guys will say ?

  • joephel cabradilla
    joephel cabradilla Month ago

    serena to much OA accept the fact that u lose the fight hahahahah

  • Gabo Roldan
    Gabo Roldan Month ago

    0:56 Stephen A has learned to shut down his system while Max is talking

  • Steezy Mac
    Steezy Mac Month ago +1

    Max you're a fucking idiot.

  • Steezy Mac
    Steezy Mac Month ago

    NO Stephen A.... She is the GOAT of Womens Tennis not of Tennis itself

  • Sidharth Sreekumar
    Sidharth Sreekumar Month ago +2

    Serena was the one who stole the light off Osaka with her whole Sexism bullshit

  • Shrinner
    Shrinner Month ago +1

    She was wrong it’s not discrimination, it’s against the rules , people say but other men yell at refs .... yes but have you ever heard of DIFFERENT REFS

  • Ya Bish
    Ya Bish Month ago

    The thing is novak, nedal amd venus didnt conduct themselves in th same idiotic way as serena did. Any umpire would done the same.

  • Tracie Warren
    Tracie Warren Month ago

    While the umpire could have overlooked Serena's violations, he still had the authority to enforce each one of them. It was really up to Serena to move past this regardless of her personal feelings, refocus on the match, and take her grievances through the proper channels after the match. Greatness doesn't always mean you get it right or act appropriately and unfortunately, she let her emotions get the best of her. It left a nasty stain on this match and tarnished Osaka's triumphant moment!

  • Nick Mougros
    Nick Mougros Month ago

    max is a moron. i use to think he knew shit. He doesnt.

  • New World Order
    New World Order Month ago +1

    Serena has lost respect and credibility for acting like a whiny SJW bitch.

  • Max Clifford
    Max Clifford Month ago

    male players who throw their racket "all the time" like the women on this show said also receive code violation penalties. Serena threw a tantrum and maybe she didn't deserve the first violation but it is still uncommon for a player to receive a single violation in a match let alone 3. Even if they were controversial decisions she still ruined Osakas moment and she has lost the little respect i had left for her due to the way she has dealt with losses over the course of here career. Good riddance when she retires

  • Sumer
    Sumer Month ago

    ESPN does it always , each one of the panelist takes one extreme side and start sucking up

  • Akash Sahu
    Akash Sahu Month ago

    Obviously she was but in this #metoo year people are slightly biased towards ladies so they are having a tough time seeing Selena wrong.

  • Chief Denis
    Chief Denis Month ago

    That white guy sounded so incredibly stupid, serena was wrong 102% she simply doesn't know when to let off the gas

  • max man
    max man Month ago

    max is an idiot and i will never watch first take because of him

  • CD
    CD Month ago

    Max is a product of our time; he can't speak his mind because of possible negative feedback....aka white man privilege. Stephen is allowed to because of years of struggle. Anyhow, Stephen's points were stronger. He had proof that the chair umpire has a history of making these calls on both the men and women's tour. The lady in the middle is only there because she's a woman(sorry, I don't know her name). She mentioned that men slam their rackets all the time....and they get fined and penalized all the time. It's ok to be emotional but have facts when you're debating.

  • Hr Awad
    Hr Awad Month ago

    Max "S.J.W." Kellerman

  • Christian Ifuku
    Christian Ifuku Month ago

    Stephen is a homie. The other two......don’t talk to me.

  • not da vinci
    not da vinci Month ago

    wtf is wrong with y

  • Phia Yang
    Phia Yang Month ago

    Ryan Reynolds..stay in hollywood..dont commentate beta-male

  • Rusty Bridges
    Rusty Bridges Month ago

    What ever Serinas ratchet.

  • Aaron Webb
    Aaron Webb Month ago

    "They should just look the other way " Max is losing me on this argument

  • David Creyke
    David Creyke Month ago

    It’s tough for a dominant athlete to get beaten so convincingly. That still doesn’t excuse her ridiculous tantrum.

  • Sder Ware
    Sder Ware Month ago

    Just so you ESPN stars know, "this referee" is recognized as the best umpire in action today. He is the best ténis referee and you are just mad Serena lost. If her coach admited he gave instructions it's because he knew the umpire got him and there's footage supporting it. And no, Molly, you don't play tenis. When you get a warning and don't stop your erratic behaviour, it will accumulate and award you worse penalties. Blaming the referee when he was right was a disgrace in this show.

  • Anthony P
    Anthony P Month ago

    Serena lost to a man barely in the top 100. How could she be the goat when she isn't even the top 100 today?

  • Anthony P
    Anthony P Month ago

    Serena cheated, threw a temper tantrum, lied, blamed other people for her loss, and embarrassed the entire nation on international television. Kellerman is the biggest cuck on ESPN and that's a hard competition to win right now.

  • Calvin Hill
    Calvin Hill Month ago


  • coolandtall
    coolandtall Month ago

    Kellerman is always about racism, sexism and homophobia.

  • Nicholas Eiti Dan
    Nicholas Eiti Dan Month ago

    I agree with the black man...

  • Andyontherocks
    Andyontherocks Month ago

    Ohhh its nearly time for the Melbourne Meltdown. Cant wait!!!

  • ikawangtubo
    ikawangtubo Month ago

    Mr. Serena Williams is a bad loser worse than Nick Kyrgios and Marcos Baghdatis combined

  • master omar
    master omar Month ago

    These assholes are cucks

  • LifeLongStrong
    LifeLongStrong Month ago

    No you idiot, Serena took it away.

  • James  Wilson
    James Wilson Month ago +1

    Definition of Cringe...Serena William's and the crowd booing..gross and disgusting

  • Perfect I said Perfect.

    Saying Serena is wrong is actually wrong. If you know Tennis you know she broke the rule. True: however every fucking coach does this. Every player does this. You need to ref fairly. If you call her out for it you have to call all of them. Pure and simple which is what she is saying. Every major male player does it. She wants fairness. She didn’t get it. If you can explain why it’s ok for some people to do it and not others than please do. If you are just going to state it’s agains the Rules no one is debating that not even Serena.

  • Wayne tu
    Wayne tu Month ago

    How pathetic she was wrong and played the sexism card mother card black card every card she had to get her way. Open your eyes people

  • dan hemmerling
    dan hemmerling Month ago

    What gets me is that someone tapped Serena Williams. Who was drunk or high enough to think " hey that's good enough to tap" that's 5 paper bags worth of nasty ugly.

  • Kevin .Alvarez
    Kevin .Alvarez Month ago +1

    Bruh what no way I tougth this happened like a year ago or something,something's wrong here,I remember September 10 I don't think this happened that day.

  • wong
    wong Month ago

    As I wrote at the time to a "brotha", and he loved it.
    "Basically, Serena is full of her own self importance and deserved everything she got. She is an insult to everything she claims to stand for and has set so many things backwards because of her petulance and infantile hissy fits.
    I have been complaining quite a lot recently about tennis stars acting like they owned the word, instead of them owing the world everything. A prime example was Djokovic, who I suspect has been put firmly in his place by all around him because he is now acting more like an adult and not a spoilt 6 year old.
    Did you see the match when a kid couldn't understand when he was called out and penalised for hitting a ball into a chair umpire's eye and injuring him "because everyone does it". And that is what Williams and her ilk are responsible for. She should be ashamed of herself and apologise to the world.
    fyi I have read and watched reactions and reports from around the world and the telling thing is that the only country where Williams gets support is the USA, which is also an indictment of the sorry state the USA has sunk into.
    I remember JFK with his ”My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
    Trump, Williams et al : "My fellow Americans, ask not what you can do for your country, ask how much your country can subsidise and support you, whilst you avoid doing anything remotely meaningful in life."

  • Aggie 2021
    Aggie 2021 Month ago

    The way I look at it think of it like a ticket sure the cop might not have been justified in the initial ticket but how you react to him is dependent on you if you assault an office Bc of a dumb ticket you shouldn’t blame the officer the first violation might not have been necessary but 2 and 3 were solely on her all she had was a warning everything else that actually made a difference was Bc she was a crybaby

  • Pravar Parekh
    Pravar Parekh Month ago

    If she were a man, federer would still have been the goat. She would never have been able to get past nadal at paris.

  • Gina Deaville
    Gina Deaville Month ago

    if Serena was a man they would all be happy with the decision except people don't care and if you say a women is wrong your reputation could be ruined. I know that men use to get away with it a few decades ago but now officials crack down on rules. if I was to call someone sexist it would be Serena as she just says your a man , I'm a women therefore if you say I'm wrong your sexist.
    Playing the gender or race card ECT isn't equality , if you can do that you have the upper hand in society (something like that was said by the late xxxtentacion, rip x)

  • No Videos 1000 Subscribers Challenge

    its so blatantly obvious Serena is in the wrong, and just whining because she lost

  • NextYear44
    NextYear44 Month ago

  • Lewis Corkhill
    Lewis Corkhill Month ago

    Fucking leftist idiots

  • Georg Shkodo
    Georg Shkodo Month ago

    huge morons

  • x1990x
    x1990x Month ago

    Agree with Stephen A!

  • mr suck your marge
    mr suck your marge Month ago

    Djokovic got the same treay ment just for shouting

  • kilahchris
    kilahchris Month ago

    not only Serena acts up. But she does it that worse times during championship matches. This is not first time this has happened in the U.S Open with her. It is a mental weakness to be able to move on from any perceived in justice. She is a 37 year old adult and she should me mature enough to know the game is not over and she still has a chance to win it all if she focus at the task at hand.

  • Paul Delaney
    Paul Delaney Month ago

    This dude would literally kiss her ass on national television if he could. What a beta.

  • Abram Visser
    Abram Visser Month ago

    If it’s sexism and theyre both women isn’t it even?

  • Royal Lioness
    Royal Lioness Month ago

    Fake news just to keep tranny Serena in the spotlight.

  • Maxxie
    Maxxie 2 months ago

    Shut the fuck up you pussy ass white boy

  • Loncey elie
    Loncey elie 2 months ago

    💯Stephen A

  • L Cummings
    L Cummings 2 months ago

    Let’s face it. She got her ass kicked by a young hungry lioness. And sometimes it’s hard for those who’ve been on top to accept that it’s coming close to the end. Sloan Stephens. And the young lady Osaka aren’t afraid of her. And they want to beat her and take her spot. What’s wrong with that ? The ref didn’t break the rules. He enforced them. But Osaka took her out of her game and derailed that Serena mindset.

  • juanjogrande11
    juanjogrande11 2 months ago

    I love how Stephen looks in the beggining, like getting ready to spit some truth

  • Kai H
    Kai H 2 months ago

    Stephen spitting hard facts. Rare for him

  • paul lee
    paul lee 2 months ago


  • Josh Freedman
    Josh Freedman 2 months ago

    This show is reverse psychology racism

  • Tio Gabriella
    Tio Gabriella 2 months ago

    i like stephen.

  • Francis Moussally
    Francis Moussally 2 months ago

    The first guy here is a moron. His argument is basically the application of the rules depends on the context in which they are being followed/broken. So because it's a close but still unconfirmed loss for Serena he should've been more lenient with her across all rules? So if I'm on my deathbed I can commit crimes without penalty? It's going to be game over for me very soon regardless so fuck all the people I harm by doing so?
    Fucking children. And just to play devil's advocate: in the same way the umpire knew what was at stake, maybe Serena did too and this was her way of buying more time? Can't argue one side without looking at the opposite side because then your 'objective' argument becomes a baseless opinion. Exactly like this dickhead's and Serena's 😁😂

    PHOTON 2 months ago +4

    Wtf is wrong with these people. Serina Williams WAs completely at fault here. She said the guy was being sexist, but the guy was doing his goddamn job.She was the one to take the Japanese girl's victory. She should just end her career.

  • Dat Tran
    Dat Tran 2 months ago

    this white dude ... like wth ?!?