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Serena Williams gets in trouble for attempting to take Tiger Woods’ picture

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It’s hard to keep track of Serena Williams’ whereabouts these days. On Thursday, she was in Chicago to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” youth fitness initiative. On Friday, she was in the gallery at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., watching fellow swoosh-wearer Tiger Woods.

But it seems like wherever she goes, Williams just can’t avoid the attention of officials:

CBSSports.com has the GIF of the tournament official waving his hand Darth Vader style to stop her from taking a picture with her phone.

Williams tweeted about her newfound appreciation of golf etiquette:

The best thing about the whole incident? Serena got her picture and tweeted it out anyway. No one stops the world No. 1.

  • Published On Mar 01, 2013
  • 20 comments
    inetadv
    inetadv

    I understood the rationale for preventing pictures in the old 35mm 'film' days - the noise of automatic winders and shutter clicks, and the occasional flash, was appropriately labeled a distraction to the extreme concentration of a golfer approaching a shot.

     

    But with modern digital cameras, there is no noise, and with cellphones, there is no noise and no chance of accidental flash. So I truly don't 'get' the continued over-the-top, even thuggish, approach to picture taking. Like the old quandary, 'if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?' ... if Tiger is on the tee, and someone takes a noiseless photo from the gallery, can it really be said to be a distraction to HIM? How? Tiger's visual focus is strictly on the ball. How is any golfer aware of any photo being taken in the current context.

     

    It's obviously not about 'distraction' anymore, but either the tour trying to protect its exclusive video rights (i.e. money), OR just the irrational, mindless continuation of an antiquated policy beyond its appropriate life, out of pure habit - without any consideration of whether the original justification for the policy continues to exist.

     

    The continuation of this policy is about as annoying as the continuation of some fans always yelling, 'get in the hole!', on putts.

    clemente21
    clemente21

    People ridicule baseball players for not hitting cheese at almost 100 mph using a cylindrical bat with tens of thousands of fans sometimes screaming.  And golfers get to have library silence....kind of ridiculous, hah hah.

    rukiddingme
    rukiddingme

     @ReverendAl Tell me you're joking, please.  Are you really going to play the race card on this issue?  She was probably trying to take his picture right as he was playing a shot, which is extremely distracting.  And patrons are scolded for it all of the time at golf tournaments.  Black AND white patrons.  AND Hispanic patrons.  AND Asian patrons.  See, it's not the race of the person taking the picture that matters.  It's when they are taking it.  Even Serena allowed that she probably needed to learn golf etiquette (at least I think that's what she was trying to say).  And isn't Tiger marrying a white woman his business?  I know, maybe you really are the Reverend Al Sharpton because that's all he ever does.  Whether it applies or not, doesn't matter.  Play that race card.  The more the merrier, right, ReverendAl?  Dude, get a life.     

    clemente21
    clemente21

     @rukiddingme  @ReverendAl Yah, I gotta agree, but I don't like that term "race card".  I don't think it has anything to do with it or you know Serena would've went off, she could take anybody at a golf course if she feels that is the issue, lol.

    ReverendAl
    ReverendAl

    Obviously racism still exists in America! This marshal only wanted to put a black woman in her place! First Tiger marries a white woman, and now this! I am calling for an immediate boycott!

    RayIsBipolar
    RayIsBipolar like.author.displayName 1 Like

    I know, let's have a spelling contest.

    JosephWebb
    JosephWebb like.author.displayName 1 Like

    She needs to get a dictionary or spell-check  app. for that 'smart' phone!

    Michael9
    Michael9

    Pro golfers -- what a bunch of overpaid wussies. They need perfect conditions to hit a stationary ball.

     

    Send the top golfers and golf marshals into the media photographers pit  while Serena or Sharapova play. 

    marker264109
    marker264109

     @Michael9 take at look at the size of a tennis ball in comparison to the size of the racquet face (that would be the area covered by the "strings", Michael).  Now look at the size of golf club-head's face (that's the part you hit the golf ball with, Michael).  Look at the difference in the allowed margin for error--you can be an inch off on hitting a tennis ball and be fine. If you're one-EIGHTH of an inch off when hitting a golf ball, you're probably screwed.

     

     

    Michael9
    Michael9 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

     @marker264109  @Michael9 My golf handicap used to be 10. I'm usually the fastest in my group, regardless of distractions.   In tennis, the ball moves 60 to 100 mph between the players (that's the moving blur you have to hit, marker). An 1/8 inch off on a stationary ball is not the same as inch off on a fast moving ball.

    6marK6
    6marK6

     @marker264109 But the athletic ability needed is not even close. Which is why golfers can stay competitive well into their 50s and few tennis players play beyond 30. Golf might be challenging, but athletically speaking, it is more of a hobby than sport.

    marker264109
    marker264109

    Michael, I went to college on a full ride for tennis (jr's, h.s. college, MoValley circuit), and I swear golf is harder for me... for me, I'm saying.

     

    Peace out.

    6marK6
    6marK6 like.author.displayName 1 Like

    Nike controls all of the sports media outlets in this country They force stories about their brand and athletes on us every day. They use kickbacks, advertising and bribes to achieve this. Show you are tired of it and boycott nike!!

    clemente21
    clemente21

     @6marK6 And make university teams wear UGLY uniforms....well, NFL too. : D

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