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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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31.

Mikey    

Serena can't win the big one anymore and she's having trouble dealing. The 'Its because I'm black' thing doesn't work anyone.

1075 days ago
32.

jill    

she should be banned. this is not the first time she has had an outburst on the court. her comments on the court are inexcusable.

1075 days ago
33.

Phreaky    

So when are they going to investigate her chromosomes? They need to test her and her sister like they did that runner in Africa. After they tested her they found out she is genetically a man, and it was all suspected because of her body structure. I'm sorry but Venus and Serena are far more manly than she (he) was. They need genetic testing.

1075 days ago
34.

go home!    

Aside from her disgusting behavior towards to line judge, she yelled out "c'mon!" right when her opponent was to hit the ball. Unacceptable and I am sick of her unprofessional antics.

1075 days ago
35.

red    

Oh lord TMZ now you did it. Giving them all another reason to pull the race card. Here I'll help out all those that were getting ready to say it. Yes, shes getting this treatment because shes black.

1075 days ago
36.

CloBird    

How incredibly stupid of the USTA which should be the target of a separate investigation.This outburst was NOTHING compared to many others.And Serena was right;the ruling was based on interfering,causing a distraction.Ana Ivanovic was only warned(A LET was called), when her cap fell off during a point.And what about all of the LOUD GRUNTING which is much more of a hindrance than anything.
The USTA is trying to cover their butts by creating a distraction from what REALLY matters. Ashe court NEEDS a ROOF. Early needs to shut up and find a contractor who can do the job. FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS of RAIN DELAYS warrants a roof.
I am a tennis player and fan for over 30 years.This is a comment to those who say Serena should be banned.The Williams sisters are good for American tennis---since the retirement of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi,the only American players not only able to drum up interest in this very important sport,but win major grand slam titles are the Williams sisters.Serena's three outbursts are nothing like John McEnroe's outbursts,not are they any way a violent and volatile as Ilya Nastasse's eruptions.The umpire did a very poor job of explaining and any way she should have called a LET.

1075 days ago
37.

jill    

McEnroe may have been out of line, but didn't threaten bodily harm on anyone.

1075 days ago
38.

AntiSocialForum.com    

Serena Williams has a right to be angry. Imagine looking in the mirror everyday and having to see that image? You'd be angry and hate the world too.

1075 days ago
39.

Branden    

Serena needs to be suspended for a good length of time. She does these things all the time. She sounded like a 5 year whining and forgot completely about playing tennis.

1075 days ago
40.

hoosier    

I'm team Serena, but I think the way she keeped it going was a little inappropriate

1075 days ago
41.

Glenda in Texas    

Her outbursts are not accepted because she's black. Outbursts from others are more accepted, yes they are still fined, ejected etc. but it's more accepted because they are not black. And I'm not talking about all of you that are criticising from message boards everywhere, I'm talking about the Tennis League.

1075 days ago
42.

Sandy    

I think It was ok if she just got mad and questioned the call but she personally attack that referee and that was not professional and she owes her a apology !!!!

1075 days ago
43.

CRC    

It's called "roid rage". She had a fit. It's common while on the juice.

1075 days ago
44.

anibed    

Big time ban her!!! Unclassy Tennis player. Sour loser!

1075 days ago
45.

Mimi    

Did John McEnroe threaten people? I think that's the big difference here. She threatened to assault that woman. It makes me sick and sad that she is obviously using her race as the reason for that call. When will black people stop doing this??? Ridiculous! They make themselves into victims. The woman has been a superstar for years and has millions of dollars and endorsements yet this call was because she is a black woman? GIVE ME A BREAK! She should be suspended for a few games.

1075 days ago
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