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Violence In Women's Sports | The Sports Report Girl

Violence In Women’s Sports

March 9, 2010 by Jennie Cote  
Filed under Basketball, SRG's Blog

What in the world is going on in women’s sports today? It’s a given that when there’s a high level of competition, aggressiveness tends to rear its ugly head at times. But lately it seems as if women are becoming just as aggressive as their male counterparts. Sports in general are becoming more sensationalized with a “win at all cost” mentality. How far will the violence go?

Last year we saw the nasty nature of tennis player Serena Williams. In a semi final match of the US Open, she verbally abused a line judge for a foot fault that she felt was inappropriate. Williams later explained, “As a competitor and as someone who’s really passionate about their work, I got a little overexcited.” That outburst only cost her a fine and a slap on the wrist from the tennis federation who said that if it happens again, she “could” face a suspension.

In November of 2009, New Mexico college soccer player Elizabeth Lambert took her aggression to a new level. She was seen throughout the whole game making illegal tackles, and throwing elbows and punches to the back and face of various BYU players. But the defining moment came when she pulled her opponent’s ponytail whipping her neck around, and throwing her to the ground like a rag doll. She didn’t receive a penalty for that, but did receive a yellow card for tripping her opponent who was trying to score a goal. Where were the referees, and who was controlling this game? Lambert apologized for the incident saying, “This is in no way indicative of my character or the soccer player I am.”

Most recently, on March 3, 2010 we saw Baylor University basketball player Brittney Griner sucker punch her opponent from Texas Tech. Griner and her opponent were jockeying for position in the paint when the Texas Tech player took Griner and whipped her around, causing her to lose her balance. Griner retaliated with a knuckle sandwich, breaking the other player’s nose. The fisticuffs resulted in Griner’s ejection, and other consequences her coach may hand down. The Texas Tech player shot her free throws, left the game, but more importantly, could be out for the rest of the season.

As an athlete and soccer player myself, I have seen the various levels of both physical and verbal violence first hand. I know of what I speak. But wasn’t it bad enough when Tanya Harding took a hit out on Nancy Kerrigan? How far is it going to go? Will it eventually lead to someone getting a chunk of their ear bit off like poor Evander Holyfield? Aggression will always be a part of sport, but is it ok to passively sit on the sidelines waiting for a change? What would you stand for?

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One Response to “Violence In Women’s Sports”
  1. K. Goodno says:

    Good article. Tip of the ice berg. Violence seems to be a quicker way to fame and notoriety, or at least to be noticed.

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