American doubles star Mike Bryan fined $10,000 for rifle gesture toward US Open official
The US has a gun problem. So much so that as of August 31, 2019, there have been 297 mass shootings in the country. So at the US Open, when one of doubles tennis' biggest stars, Mike Bryan, makes a shooting gun gesture at the official, it's not taken too well by the audience and officials.
During the match he was initially given a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct by chair umpire Mariana Alves but was later fined post match.
“We thought it warranted that amount,” Brendan McIntyre, a U.S. Tennis Association spokesman, told NYT about the fine.
Here's the video of the incident:
"I apologise for any offense I may have caused. We won the point and the gesture was meant to be playful," Bryan later said in a statement.
"But given the recent news and political climate I understand how my gesture could be viewed as insensitive. I promise that I will never do anything like this again."
But despite his apology, people think the fine levied was too low.
Textbook non-apology apology. “I apologize for any offense I may have caused.”
You caused offense. Own it. None of this “I may have” mealy-mouthed publicist-massaged tripe. https://t.co/Uo4Cu1HYQB— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 1, 2019
I am utterly disappointed in Mike Bryan for his actions aiming his racket as if to shoot the umpire. You cannot make an excuse that it was just supposed to be a joke. Especially given today's climate I am so disgusted. 10k fine is too low.— Rachel Han (@hanjiyunie) September 2, 2019
Mike Bryan and his brother Bob have have won five U.S. Open men’s doubles titles together.