Serena Williams has reportedly been fined $17,000 for three violations during the U.S. Open women’s final.
Williams lost to Naomi Osaka 6-2. 6-4 in the U.S. Open final. Toward the end of the match she was hit with the multiple code violations, including a game penalty for verbal abuse. Now she’s receiving financial fines: $10,000 for “verbal abuse,” $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket.
The money will be taken out of the $1.85 million prize money she received for being the runner up. She was going for her 24th Grand Slam title. During her back-and-forth with ump Carlos Ramos, Williams remarked, “You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live,” she said. “You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry. And you stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too.”
Serena Williams deserves an apology, not a fine. https://t.co/Xxmpm8zJkT— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 9, 2018
Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for three code violations: https://t.co/kqS9cCVjLG— The Root (@TheRoot) September 9, 2018
One would presume she was fined for the following:
1) Being Black
2) Being a woman
3) Being both black and a woman pic.twitter.com/XsSI2AJCWk
Your $17,000 fined will not keep her silent who cares what u people do asking her to pay the money will not change the fact she is champion of all champions— sherma st hill (@sher6661) September 9, 2018
Do NOT let this slide by. They just fined Serena Williams 17k because she SPOKE UP ABOUT MISOGYNY. She handled herself with class, she even congratulated her opponent on the win. The ump was wrong, hands down. I am sick of the systematic mistreatment of women. Exhausted— N (@noahder) September 9, 2018
Serena Williams Fined $17,000 for Code Violations During U.S. Open Final - Trying so had to blackball this young lady. This is so sad. They are really after her hard. She is too good , so they cause trouble week after week.They hate her& want her to quit. Do They work for Trump— Denise Brown (@DeniseB83533190) September 9, 2018
They fined Serena $17K?! pic.twitter.com/KdXtb678KB— Dara Tafakari (@TrulyTafakari) September 9, 2018
Serena just got fined 17k on top of her loss. Smh— Ashley. (@Ashley_Osorio) September 9, 2018
The U.S. Open owes Serena an apology and has instead fined her 17K.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 9, 2018
A shameful moment in the history of sports. https://t.co/jwDajqHllY
Many believe that it's the U.S. Open that owes an apology to Williams who was essentially accused of cheating and then was punished for defending herself.
First it was the catsuit ban and now this? SMH.
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