American tennis player fined massive $10k for ‘gun gesture’

Mike Bryan — one of America’s best doubles tennis players in the history of the sport — found himself on the business end of political correctness when he engaged in “unsportsmanlike conduct” by miming a gun motion with his racket.

Yes, really.

Bryan, who plays with his twin brother Bob, was levied a fine of a whopping $10,000 after the code of conduct violation.

During a match with Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena and Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, Bryan challenged a call after a lob was ruled “in.” Upon reviewing the tape, the referee decided to reverse the call. This was when Bryan pointed toward the chair umpire and lifted the racket to his shoulder, “aiming” it like a rifle.

Backlash was swift, with many people calling for his banishment from professional tennis.

Others didn’t think that Bryan did anything wrong and shouldn’t be forced to pay a fine for a benign gesture that hurt absolutely nobody.

But regardless of the support he may have received, Mike Bryan issued a swift apology:

“I apologize for any offense I may have caused. We won the point and the gesture was meant to be playful. 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.”

For the record, the Bryan doubles team went on to win that match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. It would appear that a harmless gesture with a racket had nothing to do with his ability to play the game like an adult.

Comments

Latest Articles