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Serena Williams is fined $10,500 for tirade (Further investigation of the incident coming)
Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/13/2009 | Diane Pucin

Posted on 09/13/2009 4:45:56 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Reporting from New York - Serena Williams will be fined $10,500 for behavior deemed "unsportsmanlike conduct," and also for racket abuse after her obscenity-filled and aggressive reaction to a critical foot fault called during her 6-4, 7-5 U.S. Open semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters on Saturday night.

There will also be further investigation of the incident according to a statement released by the U.S. Open, "The Grand Slam rule book also allows for an investigation to be conducted by the Grand Slam Committee Administrator to determine if the behavior of Ms. Williams warrants consideration as a Major Offence for which additional penalties can be imposed. This investigation has now begun."

Williams earned $350,000 for her singles semifinal finish.

After an unidentified lineswoman called a foot fault on a second serve which gave Williams a double fault and put her a point away from the loss, Williams approached the lineswoman, shook a tennis ball in the direction of the woman's face and threatened to shove the ball down the women's throat.

Because Williams had already received a warning after breaking her racket at the end of the first set, her actions in confronting the lineswoman resulted in another code violation and a penalty point. That point was match point and gave Clijsters the win.

Through a public relations agency, Williams said Sunday, "Last night everyone could truly see the passion I have for my job. Now that I have had time to gain my composure I can see that while I don't agree with the unfair line call in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly."

Serena and her sister Venus will play the women's doubles final today,

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kimclijsters; serenawilliams; tennis; usopen2009
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1 posted on 09/13/2009 4:45:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If the races were reversed - would it be a hate crime?


2 posted on 09/13/2009 4:47:07 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SeekAndFind

My brother said he’s never heard such a profanity laced tirade as what she did.....wonder if they have the b*&^s to suspend her.....


3 posted on 09/13/2009 4:48:50 PM PDT by BamaDi (My new ticket? Romney/Jindal!!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Serena is a typical Communist, don’t like a call, so you just threaten to execute them. Typical Obama voter.


4 posted on 09/13/2009 4:49:03 PM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: SeekAndFind

32 seconds income shot to hell.


5 posted on 09/13/2009 4:49:55 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SeekAndFind

You can take the girl out of the hood; but ..........!


6 posted on 09/13/2009 4:50:04 PM PDT by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Serena should take some time off. Maybe she could get a spot on The Biggest Loser. (Come on, girlfriend, you know it’s true.)


8 posted on 09/13/2009 4:50:26 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: SeekAndFind

Time for Barry the Kenyan to step in with another one of his “Beer with Barry” specialties at the White House.


9 posted on 09/13/2009 4:50:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans! "Behaving badly" since April 19, 1775!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Through a public relations agency, Williams said Sunday...

Typical. Won't face the music.

Williams should be suspended for a year for threatening bodily harm.

10 posted on 09/13/2009 4:50:58 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Woman's tennis took a nose dive when those Hippos started playing and their father a Rev Wright disciple mouthing off.
11 posted on 09/13/2009 4:51:25 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind

Do not pay it. turn the tables and ask where they would be w/out her? its not like all that many folks watch tennis during the NFL season.


12 posted on 09/13/2009 4:51:28 PM PDT by MCCC
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought she was a Christian.


13 posted on 09/13/2009 4:52:17 PM PDT by wardaddy (Bro and his czars...we have tar, feathers and rails waiting...and a road outta town..)
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To: SeekAndFind
Just another case of racism--move along--nothing to see here--oh, except maybe a cashier's check and another tantrum.

vaudine

14 posted on 09/13/2009 4:52:35 PM PDT by vaudine
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15 posted on 09/13/2009 4:53:44 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: BamaDi

Here’s the video of Serena’s profanity laced outburst :

http://www.mooveon.net/en/article_9125283162259


16 posted on 09/13/2009 4:53:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: BamaDi

The female commentator (Mary Carillo?) made interesting comments during the Federer match. Very critical of tennis for not suspending her.


17 posted on 09/13/2009 4:54:06 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama lies, Freedom dies)
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To: SeekAndFind

Symptomatic of Serena having lost focus on tennis to pursue her fashion designer foolishness. She thought she could do both and is frustrated when reality proves her wrong.


18 posted on 09/13/2009 4:54:36 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Cheetahcat

What are you talking about?


19 posted on 09/13/2009 4:54:52 PM PDT by HoosierHawk (www.firstsundaymusic.com)
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To: papasmurf

The official who called the foot fault is Asian.


20 posted on 09/13/2009 4:54:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: BubbaJunebug; duckman

They were raised as Jehovah’s Witness and left the hood fairly early..like 8 or so

but their dad doesn’t mind race baiting....he has a history of it

maybe he freeps...can we ping the race card ping list?


21 posted on 09/13/2009 4:55:15 PM PDT by wardaddy (Bro and his czars...we have tar, feathers and rails waiting...and a road outta town..)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me guess: the line judge acted “stupidly”.


22 posted on 09/13/2009 4:56:57 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: chickadee
Maybe she could get a spot on The Biggest Loser.

Don't count her out just yet. She and her sister Venus might win the US Open Doubles finals.
23 posted on 09/13/2009 4:56:59 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: wardaddy

Its been a racist week for female athletes of color! first Caster now Serena. The MAN is holding the girls down! /s


24 posted on 09/13/2009 4:57:28 PM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: FTJM

There was no apology to the referee and she should be charged criminally with threatening bodily harm!

she is disgusting!

You can tell a person’s character by how they treat people in a onedown position.


25 posted on 09/13/2009 5:02:05 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Pray for Israel! And Georgia ! And the Iranian people! and Honduras!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
The female commentator (Mary Carillo?) made interesting comments during the Federer match. Very critical of tennis for not suspending her.

..yes, thank you Mary Carillo - while every other CBS sportscaster was tip-toeing around this ugly incident, Mary spoke up and said what needed to be said. She said it was ugly, uncalled for, and a blight on womens tennis if they don't come up with a bigger penalty - i.e. suspension.

26 posted on 09/13/2009 5:02:07 PM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: SeekAndFind

“Confronting the ballgirl” —I like that. She said she’d KILL her..!


28 posted on 09/13/2009 5:02:23 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind

Other than “are you serious?”-I couldn’t hear a word.


29 posted on 09/13/2009 5:02:47 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

why would they let her play?

Oh, yeah, its all about the money. sportsmanship and role models be dammmmmed.


30 posted on 09/13/2009 5:02:56 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Pray for Israel! And Georgia ! And the Iranian people! and Honduras!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

“The female commentator (Mary Carillo?) made interesting comments during the Federer match. Very critical of tennis for not suspending her.”

Wait - Mary Carillo is a female??


31 posted on 09/13/2009 5:03:49 PM PDT by WL-law
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To: HoosierHawk
“What are you talking about?”

First off their loud mouthed Racist Father.

32 posted on 09/13/2009 5:03:49 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: omega4179

Caster is a man I think...if he did not have a pee pee they would have allowed physical inspection you’d reckon..


33 posted on 09/13/2009 5:04:15 PM PDT by wardaddy (Bro and his czars...we have tar, feathers and rails waiting...and a road outta town..)
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To: SeekAndFind
Even more reason. EVERYBODY's a racist now, doncha' know?

It must be true, Newsweak has it on the front cover!



I am totally surprised that they didn't run this photo with it, instead...


34 posted on 09/13/2009 5:05:44 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: SeekAndFind

I miss the old days when McEnroe and Connors were in charge of the courts. Tennis has become the ultimate in PC sports.

You guys can hack on Williams all you want, but she had nothing but class for her opponent after losing the match.


35 posted on 09/13/2009 5:07:04 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Cheetahcat

So what does that have to do with Serena’s outburst?


36 posted on 09/13/2009 5:09:07 PM PDT by HoosierHawk (www.firstsundaymusic.com)
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To: ghost of nixon

Good. I didn’t see Mary Carillo’s remarks, but I saw Serena flip out and it was ugly. Once upon a time, back in my lost youth, basketball used to be considered a kind of nice, agressive, masculine but disciplined sport...and then somehow brutish behavior, threats and superstar thuggitude overtook it.

I hope this doesn’t happen to tennis.


37 posted on 09/13/2009 5:09:20 PM PDT by livius
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
The female commentator (Mary Carillo?) made interesting comments during the Federer match. Very critical of tennis for not suspending her.

Yes, I heard that as well. I'm glad Mary spoke up. $10,000 is pretty laughable.
38 posted on 09/13/2009 5:09:24 PM PDT by mlizzy (Get your game together, Serena!)
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To: gaijin

I saw a direct quote from a German woman who was there.

Serena did not say she was going to kill her.

She said, If I {unintelligible}, I would shove this ball down your f***ing throat.

Hey, it’s Pro sports. Tell me the name of a pro that hasn’t momentarily lost it?


39 posted on 09/13/2009 5:09:42 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: papasmurf

Is that not the most bizarre cover ever...


40 posted on 09/13/2009 5:11:07 PM PDT by wardaddy (Bro and his czars...we have tar, feathers and rails waiting...and a road outta town..)
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To: Glenn

I think the Williams sisters are trash with cash!...have baeen since they came on the scene and always will be. No class!


41 posted on 09/13/2009 5:11:20 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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John McEnroe says “...you can’t call that there...” meaning that an inch worth of a foot fault which is not going to affect the point even microscopically is not a reasonable call on match point or the point prior to it. The lineswoman screwed up and I still don’t see anything in body language or anything else to indicate she had a reason to feel threatened. The lineswoman needs to be sent back to the minor leagues.


42 posted on 09/13/2009 5:11:36 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: SeekAndFind
At least something interesting happened at a tennis match. Most sporting events are so sterile and boring. I watched the outburst and thought she should have taken it farther. If you're going all out, go for the gold.

She should get a bonus instead of a fine. She actually made people care about tennis, if only for a moment.
43 posted on 09/13/2009 5:12:22 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: papasmurf
Hey, it’s Pro sports. Tell me the name of a pro that hasn’t momentarily lost it?

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Cal Ripken, Dale Murphy ...

44 posted on 09/13/2009 5:16:16 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: BamaDi
My brother said he’s never heard such a profanity laced tirade as what she did.....

Then your brother didn't work in the "old school" freight business.

45 posted on 09/13/2009 5:16:34 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("People are idiots." -Thomas A. Caswell)
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To: HoosierHawk
“So what does that have to do with Serena’s outburst?”

I guess the old Man Wright Jr telling the Hippo so many times she is the best and the white girls can't hit the ball helped with the pissy attitude Why should we have to put up with it?? You are up!

46 posted on 09/13/2009 5:17:02 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Time for Barry the Kenyan to step in with another one of his “Beer with Barry” specialties at the White House.

"I never have the facts, but obviously...the lines-woman...acted stupidly."

47 posted on 09/13/2009 5:17:51 PM PDT by kromike
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To: wendy1946

“The lineswoman screwed up”

You mean it was a bad call?

From the video I saw her foot was definitely over the line.

Either they have rules or they don’t.


48 posted on 09/13/2009 5:19:16 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: kromike

LOL! That’s the way it would go.


49 posted on 09/13/2009 5:19:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans! "Behaving badly" since April 19, 1775!)
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To: gaijin

She did not say that she would kill her. That’s incorrect.


50 posted on 09/13/2009 5:19:41 PM PDT by sofaman (To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be. - Golda Meir)
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