Twitter reacts to Serena Williams winning Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.
Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year, earning the distinction after winning 53 of 56 matches this year and narrowly missing the fourth Grand Slam title she needed to complete a calendar year “Serena Slam.”
Despite Williams’s dominance, social media reactions were mixed, with some people upset that American Pharoah (who ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought with his Belmont Stakes win and was the reader’s choice in SI’s Sportsperson poll) was not honored with the award.
This year was spectacular for me. For @SportsIllustrated to recognize my hard work, my dedication, and my sheer determination gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say, it takes a village it's not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team. I am beyond honored. I love you guys! 2016? #letsdoit
Congratulations to Serena Williams for being Sports Illustrated sports person of the Year— Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) December 14, 2015
American Pharoah was a lot of fun to watch this year. So was Carli Lloyd. But Serena Williams was the easy choice. She's dominant.— Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) December 14, 2015
Serena Williams is a person, a human being. American Pharoah is a horse. I'm not seeing what the problem is with SI's decision— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) December 14, 2015
Very disappointed to see Sport's Illustrated editors ignored the fans vote, and chose Serena Williams over American Pharoah - Article coming— Derby Day Racing (@Zipseatthetrack) December 14, 2015
Serena Williams had arguably the most dominating year of any athlete in any sport in sports history. Please stop.— The Prodigal Son (@DShaw365) December 14, 2015
i bet most horses voted for serena williams— Narrative Ultra (@NarrativeUltra) December 14, 2015
/Logs on to Twitter— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) December 14, 2015
/Sees human beings actually complaining that a horse wasn't named Sportsman of the Year
/Logs off Twitter
When asked about losing Sportsperson of the Year to Serena Williams, American Pharoah said, "What is a magazine? I would like a carrot."— Mike (@85mf) December 14, 2015