‘Morning Joe’ Host Mika Brzezinski Called Out for Bashing Serena Williams: ‘Yikes’ (Video)

“I’m really getting sick of racial insensitivity,” one commenter writes after MSNBC host says tennis champ is “incapable of not taking this all personally”

Last Updated: September 10, 2018 @ 7:06 AM

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski became the target of online outrage after she criticized tennis star Serena Williams’ on-court behavior during Saturday’s U.S. Open final loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

“I’m really getting sick of the racial insensitivity,” one commenter wrote after Brzezinski weighed in on the matter Monday, noting the moment Williams threw her racket onto the ground during the match and received one of three penalties from chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

“Personally, I don’t think that’s becoming, whether a man does it or a woman does it,” Brzezinski said.

Some experts said the ump overplayed his hand, meanwhile many online detractors suggested the calls against the African-American tennis pro stemmed from racial insensitivity or even sexism.

But Brzezinski told her co-host Joe Scarborough, “The entire thing was extremely personal. It was about Serena. It was about being apologized to and it just completely blew out of control and, quite frankly, impacted her tennis.”

Brzezinski argued that Williams’ conduct took away from the winner’s “amazing” performance, adding that “Serena [was] incapable of not taking this all personally.”

The moment did not go over well with several viewers, who took to Twitter to slam the “Morning Joe” co-host.

Watch it here:

Here is a sampling of what people are saying online about Brzezinski’s take on Williams’ U.S. Open penalties:

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