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Serena Williams

Cited For Verbal Abuse

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

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.

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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They just can't allow a black person to win at tennis

1145 days ago


Black people are just like normal people, no better or no worse, so they should be treated the same as everyone else.

1145 days ago


I agree the difference is that she makes threats whereas McEnroe mostly just got mad about the call and kept his complaints to what was happening on the court. Serena's whole body language reads "If I see you in public, Ima KILL yo ass", or something along those lines.

1145 days ago

nancy williams    

You equate "You can not be serious" with "You are ugly inside" She goes way way over the line.

1145 days ago


That Serena guy has roid rage!

1145 days ago


Give Serena a break, its the steriods talking.

1145 days ago


You IDIOT*****ing are Serena are LOSERS like the Ref is.
Serena is a class act and top level athlete. Just a pack of jealou*****ers on this site.

1145 days ago


What, no playing of the race card? These sisters are both GHETTO TRASH.

1145 days ago

Fat Mike    

McEnroe was kicked out of the Aus Open for a similar outburst. Serena just wanted to go on with it yesterday, she wouldn't shut her big fat mouth. Pretty much everyone I was with while watching was saying she'd be banned from the US Open next year, and rightfully so. I feel sorry for whoever has to make the decision, as Serena and her parasitic family will undoubtedly label you racist.

1145 days ago


She added racism to the mixture. Here we go again with "it's just because I'm Black!"-No it's because you were in the wrong!!

1145 days ago


Serena needs to apologize to the umpire, Sam and the American children who look up to how an American is to treat other in the public eyes. Serena is "professional" and act out like this on 9/11 and in NYC of all days and time. Serena is representing America on the tennis court and I am deeply disappointed in her actions and her reaction to why she "acts" the way she did is no excuse or something to laugh about. Serena needs to be penalized to the full extent possible this is not her first out burst but it should be her last.

1145 days ago


Serena "the Bull" Williams should be tested for steroids and HGH. No one can tell me that this is natural.

She's also a multi-millionaire. So what is fining her going to achieve? Absolutely nothing. I think she should be banned from next year's BIG tournaments. After all we know that these atheletes skip the lesser tournaments all the time pretending thay are hurt just so they can rest up for the big one coming up.

If she was banned from them, she will think twice before running her mouth again. If she passes the tests !!!

1145 days ago


Would any other female tennis player talk this way to a ref? Oh, I forgot, Serena isn't female.

1145 days ago


What is there to investigate? Its on video. The facts are there.

1145 days ago

Fat Mike    

All McEnroe said to the umpire to get kicked out of that Grand Slam tournament was "go f*ck your mother" after a point violation. He never threatened anyone.

1145 days ago
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