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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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61.

phyuck    

This is total BS. I watched the match and it wasn't that big a deal. The players in basketball and baseball say far worse things to the officials. Many people have a negative attitude towards her because she is black. If she was white this wouldn't even have been an issue.

1032 days ago
62.

moe l.    

Thr roids are rearing their ugly heads...anyone who's been around people on steroids know the short tempers that accompany roid use.

1032 days ago
63.

Mazor    

Serena is a low class piece of trash. She thinks the world revolves around her. She is a disgrace to tennis and athletics.

Ban this skank.

1032 days ago
64.

Mila    

People - when someone says "hater" - it simply means - a person who expresses intense feelings of hatred or spite, when the reason for this is perceived as unreasonable or spurious. This is NOT a "race thing". When Rod**** insults the umpires in a MUCH more derogatory fashion - it's not big deal. When Serena does it - it's blown way out of proportion - Do you recall this? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/2289377/Andy-Rod****-enraged-as-he-crashes-out.html

1032 days ago
65.

JR    

Oh right, double standard cuz she is black. Oh well that makes everything all ok then!

1032 days ago
66.

Janet    

What a poor example she is! How dare she tell the judge not to look her way after just saying "we're in America the last time I checked." Hello!? We ARE in America; therefore, she has no right demanding that the judge not look at her. What a sore loser!

1032 days ago
67.

dolphin    

The Williams sisters have a history of being rude and unsportsmanlike on the court. Several years ago Venus purposely bumped into her opponent while changing sides in a really mean way. It's time for these two to go away and leave tennis to people with self control and manners.

So glad Serena lost. hahahaha

1032 days ago
68.

moe    

IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT SPORTS FIGURES AND CELEBS GET WHAT THEY GIVE OUT AND TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR THEIR POOR BEHAVIOR!

1032 days ago
69.

bob     

She went way over the line (tennis pun not intended). And it's not the first time. Yeah, she has an attitude, all right...a bad one. As thestupid, jill and others said, you can't compare her and McEnroe...she threatens people. She needs to be punished.

1032 days ago
70.

Roman    

I always try to look the other way when I see Serena but it's not that easy with her horses behind.

1032 days ago
71.

Johnny    

Once again, TMZ blindly takes the side of a transgendered person.

1032 days ago
72.

Mikey    

Chris Evert would never threaten to put a cap in someones ass.

1032 days ago
73.

Best Mom    

I believe that anyone in the sports field who displays this type of negative behavior needs to be fined....and progressing to more severe punishment for each occurrence thereafter. These people are supposed to be role models - and alot of them are far from it.

1032 days ago
74.

Phoenicks    

Please. What Serena did is nothing compared to what Andy Rod**** does just about every time he plays.
If you look on YouTube, you can find a clip of Roger Federer doing exactly the same thing (I think the vid is called Roger Federer loudest come on) Serena did and he wins the point (a Set Point) and gets showered with applause. Total double standard.

1032 days ago
75.

josh    

She made a threat against someone, that's the dif. You think that she can also get fine for posing as a woman? You think she can also get fined for wearing such short skirts with such a fat ass?!

1032 days ago
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