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"Those my dream to police arena in the US open. So in really glad that I was able to do the, I'm really great foils able to play with you. I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. And for me to say thief and firm to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. In a post match news conference Williams, accused umpire, Carlos Ramos of sexism. The events drew criticism from the legendary Billie Jean King, a pioneer in women's rights and sports who in an op Ed for the Washington Post highlights double standard faced by Williams and rights that Asaka stellar play was overshadowed by an archaic tennis rule that offensively led to an abusive power joining us now MSNBC contributor, Mike Lupu. Well, Mike. Listen to we, we've heard from Billie Jean King. We heard from Chris Everett yesterday. We heard from none other than the racket break every tennis rackets. Worst nightmare, John McEnroe, and they all seem to say a couple of the same things. One Asaka outplayed or she she week time. She was easily the best player on the court that day to Sereno violated the rules AG clearly violated the rules for which she was penalised, but three that the chair completely misplayed the situation in overreacted. What do you think. Joe, I have celebrated Serena's journey and Venus's journey for twenty years since they first came out of states, I was watching Serena and writing about her Wimbledon this year. It's a great American story, but she was outta line the other day and she did break the rules. And once she broke that racket, she had to know the rules well enough to know that the next thing she did was going to take a game away from her. Merry carrillo's. The smartest commentator there is about tennis and she said afterwards the when you call the pyre Alireza thief, you break your racket in anger, and then you get cues them of sexism afterwards. And then you say you're doing this for all women. No, she said, no, thanks. She acted on her own and Joe. Here's the thing about Serena. There's been a lot of talk about McEnroe and Connors, and I saw all of that, okay, but Serena has priors at this event in two thousand and nine in the semi-finals, she's threatened to stuff a blanket ball down lines woman's. Blanket throat when she didn't like a football call and ended up getting defaulted out of the match because of a point penalty. Two years later in the final against Sam stonier she says to the pirate, a woman to are you. The one is screwed me last time. 'cause vibrancy, walking down the street, stay on the other side. So that has to provide some context here. And the greater context is she was gonna lose this match and and she wouldn't let this go on the coaching. And once she got that penalty for breaking the racket, she had to know what she was staring at and she still couldn't stop talking to the guy. You know, it's important me and athletes, Mel athletes, female athletes, get frustrated McEnroe. Of course most famously we'd get Natasa would get upset, but McEnroe said there was some quote fake news out there saying that he'd never been penalized for his bag or he had also a lot of the codes. A lot of the standards were changed. To stop the sort of verbal abuse that John McEnroe heat on on because he recounted how his father said as long as you don't swear is launch. You don't use vulgarities. You can get away with just about anything that's not the case, any more. You know, I think Serena is feeling like she's carrying a lot of responsibility as a woman in tennis as an African American woman. And I applaud all the ground that she is breaking having said that there's just a few things that you have to go through when you watch what played out because it is important. And there are some incredible gender conversations that we can have out of it bottom line. She was being coached and her coach even admits to it complicated. If you listen to John McEnroe or Chris ever, they'll say, the fire might have overplayed his hand a little bit and Fay failed.."