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Communication 215

20 September 2011

DJ Strong

Frequently, in any sporting event, the spirit and love of the sport is lost. Winning at any cost has replaced courtesy, hatred towards the opponent, learning to be a good loser, and fairness. This type of attitude has corrupted the innocence of the youth. Serena Williams recent outburst in the U.S. Open, Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield’s ear, Tonya Harding hiring a hitman for Nancy Kerrigan to Michael Vick pointing at the scoreboard taunting Atlanta fans during a football game are all examples of unsportsmanlike conduct for professional athletes.

On 11 September 2011, Serena Williams played Samantha Stosur for the U.S. Open Grand Slam title. When the official called Serena for intentional hinderance, she became angry and started ranting to the official. She stated, “Aren't you the one that screwed me over last time here? Yeah you are. Seriously, you have it out for me? I promise you, that's not cool. That's totally not cool. I truly despise you. If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way because you're out of control, you're out of control. You're totally out of control. You're a hater and you're just unattractive inside.

Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser.”


Serena Williams was fined $2,000 for the outburst.

In the first round, Evander Holyfield hit Mike Tyson so hard with many body shots that Tyson pummeled away. By the end of the round, the stadium started chanting Holyfield’s name, Tyson’s fans had finally turned on him. By the second round, Holyfield head-butted Tyson, opening a cut over Tyson’s right eye. In the third round, Tyson lost his control. He spit out his mouthpiece, bit off a chunk out of Holyfield’s right ear and then spit it onto the canvas....