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DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:51 AM
Alright,

despite some of the moronic calls for Serena's head, I'd love to hear some COOLER heads prevail and put themselves in the seat of Svengali for Serena.

How would you tell her to handle things over the next few days?

hdfb
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:53 AM
Ignore it all, decline to comment, enter some tournaments and get that #1 ranking back.

Just forget about it like you forgot Justine's hand by the time you got to Wimbledon.

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:54 AM
moronic is an understatement by the way.

apologize not to the LJ but for the "situation" maybe? :shrug:

also act like she gives a damn about the non-slam tournaments.

BlameSerena
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:56 AM
Well she has that book tour, so no doubt they'll ask some questions about the USO. Hopefully they can win doubles so that will be a nice offset to this.

I'd tell Serena that when people bring up the incident, just say we got a chance to win doubles despite what happened in the singles. That's a good diversion. I would also tell her to keep smiling and be honest without being too honest, which I think is hard for her.

Lastly, I'd tell her to win the AO, FO, Wimby and USO next year so that they can begin on her new book.

tenn_ace
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:56 AM
I think she's been already told - judging by the press conference. To me, Serena is absolutely no under threat in terms of tennis career (i.e. nothing but a fine) or from sponsors. Fine though is something she won't avoid... All in all, nothing to worry about.

Wigglytuff
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:59 AM
Ignore it all, decline to comment, enter some tournaments and get that #1 ranking back.

Just forget about it like you forgot Justine's hand by the time you got to Wimbledon.

exactly. also, i would say to issue no apologies without consulting the lawyers and the tapes.

Wigglytuff
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:00 AM
I think she's been already told - judging by the press conference. To me, Serena is absolutely no under threat in terms of tennis career (i.e. nothing but a fine) or from sponsors. Fine though is something she won't avoid... All in all, nothing to worry about.

i was actually worried about her sponsorships, you think they are safe? even with the calls for her head?

Josh.
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:01 AM
Ignore it all, decline to comment, enter some tournaments and get that #1 ranking back.

Just forget about it like you forgot Justine's hand by the time you got to Wimbledon.

I don't think that would achieve much. She's obviously going to be hounded about what happened. Might as well talk about it and move on. Ignoring it will do nothing.

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:02 AM
I think she's been already told - judging by the press conference. To me, Serena is absolutely no under threat in terms of tennis career (i.e. nothing but a fine) or from sponsors. Fine though is something she won't avoid... All in all, nothing to worry about.

you know I will say that I am pleasantly suprised about how some of her biggest detractors are coming to her defense. :hearts:

Wigglytuff
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:04 AM
oh yeah and i would add if you are going to interview to talk about this, do it for NO ONE but Oprah.

gmokb
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:06 AM
I would give her a standard answer to give when asked and we know they will. She might lose some sponsors as well as she might not, we will see. One thing for sure is I will not make her apologize and act like a guilty party. Serena is too important to the tour for lasting effects but she will take a hit.

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:08 AM
i was actually worried about her sponsorships, you think they are safe? even with the calls for her head?
I think this is a legitimate concern. So, however she handles things, I'm sure she'll be taking a good bit of their advice as well.

I'm sure there are some behavior clauses in some of her endorsement deals, so she'll have to give serious thought to what they say. Well, I guess she doesn't HAVE to, but if she wants to keep the cash flowin'... :shrug:

tenn_ace
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:08 AM
i was actually worried about her sponsorships, you think they are safe? even with the calls for her head?

you will see that all will be downplayed as being in the heat of the moment. in fact, Serena has already stated that herself.

tenn_ace
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:10 AM
you know I will say that I am pleasantly suprised about how some of her biggest detractors are coming to her defense. :hearts:

darling, as I stated many times over, I do not have much of an issue with Serena and I love Venus. I'm just pissed sometimes at their fans being not very nice. Let's just leave it at that.

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:12 AM
If judging by past actions, Nike should stand by her. they stood by Mike Vick (they were the last of his sponsors to drop him and only because they were pressured), Kobe Bryant and even paid for Tonya Harding's defense.

tenn_ace
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:15 AM
I promise I will leave this board for a month every time a sponsor drops Serena off over this incident.

Ian Aberdon
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:18 AM
If I were Serena Williams's PR Person...I would:

i. tell her to hand herself in to the NYPD
ii. no longer be Serena Williams's PR Person.

End.

Apoleb
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:18 AM
I'd tell her to get anger management classes.

I know players have gotten angry before and said bad stuff, but what Serena did tonight isn't "normal." Those weren't just insults, but physical and verbal intimidation. The line judge got seriously scared and that's why she ran the second time Serena approached her right to the referee and apparently told her she felt threatened. Of course Serena might not have meant it to sound this way, but this isn't a normal reaction.

Otherwise, she should probably apologize to the line judge.

StephenUK
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:19 AM
I think what Serena needs to do is go with Justine on some of her humanitarian trips to the Congo and Cambodia as penance for her mean behaviour! Call it personality rehab!! :lol:

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:19 AM
...that's why she ran the second time Serena approached her...

The Umpire CALLED her over. :rolleyes:

StephenUK
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:21 AM
I'd tell her to get anger management classes.

I know players have gotten angry before and said bad stuff, but what Serena did tonight isn't "normal." Those weren't just insults, but physical and verbal intimidation. The line judge got seriously scared and that's why she ran the second time Serena approached her right to the referee and apparently told her she felt threatened. Of course Serena might not have meant it to sound this way, but this isn't a normal reaction.

Otherwise, she should probably apologize to the line judge.

I totally agree - that official looked petrified and she was almost cowering by the umpire's chair. Serena definitely needs a bit more Serenity and needs to keep Meanyrena locked up somewhere safe!!

Apoleb
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:22 AM
The Umpire CALLED her over. :rolleyes:

NO, not the second time. After the umpire called her over, the LJ was going back to her seat and then Serena started yelling at her again and aproached her, and then the LJ literally ran to the referee again. It's there on youtube.

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:22 AM
If I were Serena Williams's PR Person...I would:

i. tell her to hand herself in to the NYPD
ii. no longer be Serena Williams's PR Person.

End.

I guess you missed the part about not wanting MORONIC calls for Serena's head.

It'd be nice to hear SERIOUS suggestions.

tenn_ace
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:23 AM
The Umpire CALLED her over. :rolleyes:

exactly. some here just trying to make of it more than it actually was

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:24 AM
NO, not the second time. After the umpire called her over, the LJ was going back to her seat and then Serena started yelling at her again and aproached her, and then the LJ literally ran to the referee again. It's there on youtube.

I'll look again, to make sure, but I think you're misinterpreting the event. But, again, I could be wrong.

tenn_ace
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:26 AM
I'll look again, to make sure, but I think you're misinterpreting the event. But, again, I could be wrong.

no I saw it clearly THREE times - she was called by the chair umpire

C. W. Fields
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:27 AM
"Put your foot in your mouth next time, girl!"

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:29 AM
no I saw it clearly THREE times - she was called by the chair umpire

Yep. I just watched again too.

She got up and headed over to the umpire because Brian Earley and another tournament Official had come out of the tunnel and were approaching the chair. That's when Serena started over there again too.

Apoleb
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:30 AM
I'll look again, to make sure, but I think you're misinterpreting the event. But, again, I could be wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF8ZoevMJQc&eurl=http%3A%2F%2F

Watch it from 1:12. That was after the initial outburst and after the LJ was called.

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:33 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF8ZoevMJQc&eurl=http%3A%2F%2F

Watch it from 1:12. That was after the initial outburst and after the LJ was called.

The angle that you're watching it from prevents you from seeing what the lines person sees to her left- Brian Earley and the other official approaching the chair.

sorceress
Sep 13th, 2009, 09:48 AM
She has to apologise to the linesperson, as someone said apologise for the 'situation'.
She will most definitely have to do that to move on from it and I daresay she'll (maybe has already) be heavily coached on what to say for the next few months.

Apart from that, try and get on with things and play some good tennis to try and lessen the focus.

As a counter question, if her sponsors call for a meeting - What's she going to say?

VeeReeDavJCap81
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:15 AM
I wonder how this will affect the sales of her book. Sometimes bad publicity works wonders for sales (Just ask Destiny's Child back in '00 :o)

terjw
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:42 AM
I would say that she's do herself a power of good to make a statement saying in the heat of the moment she'd let herself down and would like to apologise to the Line Judge, Kim, the organisers and everyone watching.

Feyd
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:18 AM
I wonder how this will affect the sales of her book. Sometimes bad publicity works wonders for sales (Just ask Destiny's Child back in '00 :o)

Well, the book cannot be more appropriately titled, can it?
"On the Line".
:lol: :lol:

scheele
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:23 AM
Id tell her to get down on her knees and apologize and beg for mercy.

C. W. Fields
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:28 AM
Well, the book cannot be more appropriately titled, can it?
"On the Line".
:lol: :lol:

Maybe it should be retitled "Over the Line"!? :rolleyes:

Selah
Sep 13th, 2009, 12:08 PM
Go to the MTV awards tonight and get crunk...the rockstars will appreciate her behaviour. lol Seriously, I think she has handled herself well since she got off the court. Maybe she can just offer an apology to her fans and fans of tennis for the way it all went down on twitter. I think she'll take a beating for next week or so but I don't think it will affect her endorsements or image; those who already don't like her, will see this as way to not like her even more, and those who like her will empathize and continue to do so.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 13th, 2009, 12:17 PM
i wouldn't tell her apologise to the lines judge...but that's just me :shrug:



btw: i can finally get on TF :lol:

matthias
Sep 13th, 2009, 12:21 PM
a nice photoshooting and few hours with the lines-person

AcesHigh
Sep 13th, 2009, 12:22 PM
Make a public apology to the line judge, Kim and the people that were robbed of a classic finish to a great match.

the cat
Sep 13th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Alright,

despite some of the moronic calls for Serena's head, I'd love to hear some COOLER heads prevail and put themselves in the seat of Svengali for Serena.

How would you tell her to handle things over the next few days?
I would just explain to Serena that she needs to apologize to the lineswoman who called the foot fault for what she said to her. Then it's a done issue and Serena can put it behind her.

bobbynorwich
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:22 PM
Doubt that Serena would bother to listen to her PR advisors, regardless.

youizahoe
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:25 PM
I would tell her to be herself, I don't like people that pretend and not are how they really are.

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:31 PM
I wonder how this will affect the sales of her book. Sometimes bad publicity works wonders for sales (Just ask Destiny's Child back in '00 :o)
I would think a win in the match and subsequent win in the tournament would've helped her book A LOT more.

Some good thoughts in here.

It seems the consensus is that an apology is in order. Do you all think it HAS to be done publicly in person or via a written statement by a "representative" of Serena or privately with the line judge?

Roookie
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:32 PM
To send the line judge some flowers and get her a$$ on the practice court.

Direwolf
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Her birthday is coming up...
eat lots... cuz shes getting thinner

sammy01
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:35 PM
she should publicly say sorry to the lineswoman, kim (for the way things turned out) and the tournament. donate her singles prizemoney to some charity and hopefully things will move on.

RFSTB
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:16 PM
She should publicly apologize before the event is over, perhaps at tonight's telecast.
Something along the lines of "I've said some inappropriate things in the heat of the moment, I didn't mean it, and I want to offer a sincere apology to the linesperson. She was just trying to do her job."
It'll help salvage her tarnished reputation and earn her a few more endorsements down the road.
Even Michael Phelps apologized and he didn't even threaten to kill anyone. That's why he got to keep all but one of his endorsements.
Be smart Serena. Do the right thing.

Olórin
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:19 PM
I would tell her, try a bit harder in her next WTA tournament for a change, get back to number one, get on with her job. That's the best publicity she can or will ever have. Winning.

ED fan forever
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:21 PM
...stop beating Lena in Grand Slam SF's.
This couldn't have happened at Wimbledon no....

Wannabeknowitall
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:44 PM
Her birthday is coming up...
eat lots... cuz shes getting thinner

She's almost back to her 2002 form.
I love it. :worship:

Anyway, I would tell Serena that any publicity is good publicity.
Go on a few of the late night talk shows, with the intention of getting her book out.
People will want to know about the incident from her point of view once she gets a little time to think about it.

She always has a good repoire with many of the late night talk hosts and she thinks quick on her feet when it comes to interviews.

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:49 PM
She's almost back to her 2002 form.
I love it. :worship:

Anyway, I would tell Serena that any publicity is good publicity.
Go on a few of the late night talk shows, with the intention of getting her book out.
People will want to know about the incident from her point of view once she gets a little time to think about it.

She always has a good repoire with many of the late night talk hosts and she thinks quick on her feet when it comes to interviews.

Interesting.

Sorta do a little PR jujitsu on the whole thing? No apology?

Calvin M.
Sep 14th, 2009, 12:16 AM
Alright,

despite some of the moronic calls for Serena's head, I'd love to hear some COOLER heads prevail and put themselves in the seat of Svengali for Serena.

How would you tell her to handle things over the next few days?

She owned up to her poor judgment but I think Serena should stipulate that on the court verbal abuse towards anyone is unacceptable.

Mynarco
Sep 14th, 2009, 12:19 AM
Say Sorry to the threatened lady, pay the money[checked], and move on[checked]. When asked by reporters, she would admit, she has lost her temperament in that moment[unsure, I think it's checked].

edificio
Sep 14th, 2009, 12:46 AM
Just admit that her response was over the top and detrimental to her own success (on a talk show or something or after winning the doubles championship). However, she should also note that this is the first time this has ever happened and it is not her usual way of responding to such situations. All true. Anyway, otherwise, she should just go on. The idea of a direct apology is just an attempt by others to humiliate Serena. She's already done that for herself. That weird axiom applies: she cut off her nose to spite her face. She is already paying for her behavior. The din of commentators and antifans should be ignored. You cannot please everybody. This isn't the first meltdown in sports, and it won't be the last.

rjd1111
Sep 14th, 2009, 05:42 AM
Sue the WTA, Not pay the fine, and exersize her clout.

As to Carillo's stupid comments, The Sisters already

won't talk to her in an interview and that ain't

changing anytime soon.

Why should Venus be penalized for something she

had no part of. That all happened in a singles match

and had nothing to do with doubles.