What’s the difference, pray tell? Why is it cool and funny and even admirable—god, he wants it, what a competitor!—when John swears and cusses out a ref, but it’s a record fine with Serena loses her shizzle?
Does this have something to do with Serena being a woman, and/or being black?
During the U.S. Open, Williams was called for a foot fault and then cursed out the line judge, which ultimately caused Williams to lose the semi-final match to Kim Clijsters. Well, Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock won’t forget and gave his judgment on Serena’s punishment on Monday.Babcock announced that Williams will be fined $82,000 for her tirade and put on a two-year probationary period. If Serena has another outburst or major offense at any Grand Slam Tournament, she will be barred from the next U.S. Open and fined $175,000.
Babcock told the Associated Press in a telephone interview from London, “…if she does not have another offense in the next two years, the suspension [will be] lifted.”
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