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Billie Jean King

Mafia Didn't Rig Tennis Match

I Beat Bobby Riggs Fair & Square

9/12/2013 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Billie Jean King is calling BS on reports the mafia rigged her famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match with Bobby Riggs ... telling TMZ, "I just beat his butt and that's it."

The allegations surfaced in an ESPN investigation last month -- a country club worker claims he witnessed a secret meeting between Riggs and the mafia, in which Riggs agreed to throw the famous 1973 match if the mob forgave his $100k gambling debts.

But King says the whole story is ridiculous -- telling us, "[Riggs] was not that kind of a guy. He didn't play around with the mafia."

BJK also says Riggs had more of a financial incentive to WIN their duel -- because had he emerged victorious, he would have had the chance to play in a MILLION DOLLAR match.

As for Riggs, he passed away in 1995 ... from cancer, not the mob.

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Pudding Tang    

Sure Billie, you beat someone that is more of a girly man than you. You're a real Billie Bad Ass.

408 days ago


Dude, go find Martina and offer some head.

408 days ago


TMZ sports, what a joke!

408 days ago


She's taking way too much credit for beating a man that was twice as old as she was and out of shape while she was in her professional prime.

408 days ago


Don't know about the ESPN claims, but seriously how would BJK know? If it were just a matter of people saying "he would never," nobody would ever be guilty of anything, would they?

408 days ago


U tell them GF!

408 days ago

Truth Be Told    

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408 days ago


Was she the 1st women to play tennis without a shark cage?

408 days ago


Ok then explain why Riggs beat Margaret Court, who was better than you at that time, 6-1 6-0? because it would drive up the betting line in his favor. So when he lost, anybody who put money on you would make HUGE money. It's betting 101.

408 days ago


She won because Riggs was 26 years older than her, Riggs got only one serve while King got two, and Riggs had to hit to the singles lines while King could use the doubles court. King was a great player but her victory in that match is WAY overrated.

408 days ago


That was 40 years ago fella, move on.

408 days ago

your own luck    

I watched that entire match and she beat him fair and square. Deal with it.

408 days ago


Aha, Billie Jean sleeps with the fishes, at least that's what it smells like...

408 days ago

Sean Kelly    

I watched the match. Two things were apparent; Riggs spent a lot of time fooling around and he was not really a match for a touring pro. Frankly I thought the whole thing was comparable to a Harlem Globetrotters "game".

408 days ago

Corlett Benn    

Your facts are wrong. The article stated he overheard mafia saying they'd accepted Riggs' proposal to tank match - Riggs was not there. Check Tampa Bay Times.

408 days ago
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