It's just the way it is
TO THE QUICK - Jerry Tundag (The Freeman) - September 17, 2018 - 12:00am

When Serena Williams plays professional tennis, it comes with the understanding that she submits to the rules of the game and behaves in a manner appropriate for the sport and civilized expectations everywhere. But in her sad and sorry US Open loss to Japanese upstart Naomi Osaka, she played badly and behaved even worse.

The Serena flap is a smaller version of the wider Donald Trump saga that has so consumed America. When America came to the polls in 2018, it came with the understanding that the results would be respected, no matter what, as they represented a product of a system that was uniquely America's own.

But we all know what happened since then. America just cannot accept the product of its own system despite having willfully submitted to it beforehand. Not only is Trump being bullied, sullied, and libeled, America goes to the extent of accusing Russia of meddling.

But look who's talking. America is the greatest meddler in the affairs of other countries. It does not hesitate to use force and violence to get its way. And it squirms at the thought of Russian meddling? Grow up America. And by the same token, grow up Serena.

To mask her bad behavior, a behavior incidentally supported by the growing numbers of those who do not have the guts to contradict the lie of political correctness in favor of truth, Serena started mouthing issues that have absolutely no basis in fact and no place in a sport people pay good money to see without having to be misdirected elsewhere.

Serena is now mouthing sexism to hide the miserable fact that she was badly outclassed by a classy Asian many years her junior. But does Serena even know what she is talking about? In all the pictures of her harangue and bullying of umpire Carlos Ramos, she certainly looked more like the alpha male about to crush and devour the hapless official.

Serena cannot claim racism either because Osaka, while an American citizen, is actually half-Japanese and half-Haitian.

Serena, and the many others like her, cannot forever hide behind every convenient excuse there is for their every failure and shortcoming.

Life is not a bed of roses, even for athletes cashing in on enormous talents for which they do not even light a single candle to God in thanksgiving.

Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. And the reason for this has nothing to do with race, gender, or politics. It is just the way it is.

SERENA WILLIAMS
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