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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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46.

kanyeisgay    

EPIC FAILURE TMZ ! You ACCIDENTLY forgot to mention she threatened to MURDER an Asian line judge tow years ago ! Guess it is okay since she is B lack.

1087 days ago
47.

Joe    

they both ugly, let's move on.

1087 days ago
48.

gutsygirl    

You can take the girl out of Compton but you cannot take Compton out of the girl. Fine and suspension...now!

1087 days ago
49.

dennis    

Typical. I would be afraid too if that Queen Kong bitch threatened me. Get rid of her.

1087 days ago
50.

kanyeisgay    

BOYCOTT ALL SERENA ENDORSEMENTS ! She does not represent America and is a disgrace to the USA all around the world now. No one has forgotten her threatening to MURDER an Asian line judge just two years ago at the US OPEN in which she is still on probabtion for by the USTA.

1087 days ago
51.

migirl70    

She need to get off the 'roids and maybe her rage would decrease. Unfortunate, she is such an awesome athlete.

1087 days ago
52.

Bubba    

I don't blame Serina at all. The Ref called the ball out before it went out, giving her opponent a free point. Tennis is Serina's livelyhood and that Ref just took money out of her pocket in a manner of speaking with that premature call. I don't Serina overreacted at all under the cir****tances.

1087 days ago
53.

Sandy Jay    

She threatens judges, everyone else you mentioned just yelled and complained. HUGE difference. Plus she is a repeat offender. Kick her out of tennis for a year.

1087 days ago
54.

TheVolleyballGod    

It is steroid rage pure and simple, this woman and her sister have been cheating for years in tennis. They would have never sniffed any finals at all if they were not playing with roids. Comparing Johnny Mac to this black woman's rage is a dishonor to Mac and stupid white people racing to make excuse for this idiots antics.

1087 days ago
55.

Dover    

This drives me nuts when you don't get the facts right. She is already on probation til the end of 2011 for her comments to a line judge...along the lines of I will kill you and shove this ball down your f-in throat. So she broke her probation and should face a penalty...which is $100,000 (around that amount) and would miss next years US OPEN. Which to me the fine is fair. It has nothing to do with race. If you follow tennis, both the Williams sisters are poor losers. McEnroe got away with wayyyyy too much! I'm sure these rules are set because of what he created.

1087 days ago
56.

D-INCARNATION    

100 lashes center court

1087 days ago
57.

kanyeisgay    

"Hater" = racist. "Do not look at me" was a threat . "If you see me in the hall " = BEWARE. She also accused her of cheating her before....WRONG AGAIN. Time to RETIRE/BAN Serena and the massive chip on her shoulder.No more US OPEN FOR ME UNTIL THEY DO.

1087 days ago
58.

Yokotatone    

You are all idiots... That yell didn't cost the girl the point & I've seen rod**** go way harder on a ref... She lost anyways so who cares

1087 days ago
59.

Candymanfb    

I may have said the same thing. It's a sport people. If noone can play like Serena or other professionals - try not to add things to the mix!
"Walk the other way" isn't a threat ... it's a warning!

1087 days ago
60.

Van Wilder    

lol she went black on her.

1087 days ago
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