Serena Williams was just named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated, a major honor in the sports world. But the tennis professional’s glory is now being overshadowed by this simple question: Should Williams have won over a horse?
Following the huge announcement on Monday morning, people suggested that the coveted spot should have gone to Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. Really? This is called SPORTSPERSON of The Year.
But it was an article written by the LA Times that really got people up in arms. The famed publication posing this question: Serena Williams or American Pharoah: Who’s the real sportsperson of 2015?
Many took to social media upset that the question was even posed.
Needless to say, SI stuck by the reasoning for naming Serena Sportsperson of the Year; writer Christian Stone stating that:
“We are honoring Serena Williams too for reasons that hang in the grayer, less comfortable ether, where issues such as race and femininity collide with the games … Race was used as a cudgel against Williams at Indian Wells in 2001, and she returned the blow with a 14-year self-exile from the tournament. She returned to Indian Wells in ’15, a conciliator seeking to raise the level of discourse about hard questions, the hardest ones, really.”
Do you think it’s fair to have developed a poll to vote for Serena or AP? By the way, the same poll was taken by Sports Illustrated and believe it or not, American Pharaoh was the favorite.