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Serena Williams

Cited For Verbal Abuse

9/12/2011 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Serena Williams has been cited for verbally abusing the ref during her U.S. Open match Sunday.

Now the US Open referee is investigating Serena Williams for her outburst -- and, worst case scenario, she could be banned from future tournaments.

Serena -- who lost against Samantha Stosur in straight sets -- flew off the handle during the match ... blasting the ref over a call, shouting, "If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way because you're out of control. You're a hater and you're unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? Wow."

The referee will pass along the findings of the investigation to the Tournament Grand Slam Committee, which will decide what discipline, if any, is appropriate.

It's interesting ... Serena's outburst pales in comparison to tennis legend John McEnroe.  True enough, McEnroe has been fined and suspended for his outbursts, but they almost seem on another level.
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11:54 AM: US Open referee Brian Earley just fined Serena $2,000 for the outburst -- but that's a drop in the bucket ... because she earned a grand total of $1.4 MILLION during the tournament.

According to the US Tennis Association, "Williams' conduct ... does not rise to the level of a major offense."


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Claus    

Yes, ban her. She has done and said awful things before. Make her pay this time. And test her for steroids or testosterone. No woman looks like that just from body building.

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mlm    

The difference is that she threatens the umpires & line judges - it is not the same as being mad that a call has gone against you. This is why the outbursts are being treated differently - nothing to do with gender or race. She deserved to get the point against her and she should know the rules enough to realise that.

947 days ago
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Jack    

The replay showed the ref made the correct call. Serena probably thought the call was based on race but didn't say it. She's made millions but still thinks she is a victim.

947 days ago
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kst    

Can't believe she did this when she stated ahead of time that she was playing for the victims of 9/11. I thought that was sort of an empty, self-serving thing to say when she said it. Her behavior during the game confirms it.

947 days ago
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Sherms    

Oh, give me a break. We ALL get emotional during such hot moments, and the pressure was on. Unfortunately she did terribly. If you are a "professional " player, grunting, moaning, yelling, etc. shouldn't be a distraction - no matter when it happens. And she wasn't screaming or making a huge scene. You was clearly stating her feelings towards a judge she felt discriminated against her more than once. I usually enjoy watching her play.

947 days ago
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Ed    

It's called the evolution of the game. Do you think Bill Lambier would be in today's NBA with all the cheaps shots he layed down? She has done it before and verbally attacked the judge. This aint the 80's McEnroe era. So don't compare. She need to be disciplined.

947 days ago
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MoonDust    

Did I just hear Serena calling her a loser also?

947 days ago
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Cella    

mlm did you ever see McEnroe play? He threatened them too.

947 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

Make her get gene tested to prove she is indeed a woman and if she passes let it slide this time.

947 days ago
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Olivia    

They should ban her and at the very least fine her. She's acting like a child and making personal attacks and insulting this woman for doing her job. Shes been doing this long enough, she knows the rules. For a grown woman to act like that, its embarassing.

947 days ago
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thestupid    

She THREATENS people! Thats a big difference from Johns outbusrt!

947 days ago
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JoeP    

I remember as a kid I used to hurt myself laughing at John's tantrums. It was always the best part of the game!

947 days ago
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Abe    

Serena needs to be BANNED FROM TENNIS period.

We don't need threats from athletes to officials during an event. It is inexcusable and should be dealt with severely and promptly!

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947 days ago
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kst    

In addition to her behaving this way when she had dedicated her game (beforehand in the press) to the victims of 9/11, there was also the incident two years ago at the US Open, where she threatened to “shove a ball down the throat” of a line judge in her semifinal match against Kim Clijsters

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Nikkcolle    

She would have been fine if she just said her peace initially and stopped. She kept badgering the ref so deal with the consequences of your actions. It's that simple, it isn't sexism or racism it's rules plain and simple. Learn when to stop chattering.

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