Serena Williams Fires Back At Ilie Nastase, Calling Romanian A Racist
by Tom Gainey | April 25th, 2017, 5:00 pm
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Serena Williams didn’t take long to hit back at the comments made by Ilie Nastase over the weekend. During Fed Cup, Nastase was heard to have said, ““Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” in reference to Serena pregnancy.

Serena took to Instagram with this statement:

“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers.

“I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers – however, there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right.

“I am not afraid like you. You see, I am no coward. ‘Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words… you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like the air, I rise.’

“I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to the facts in this case. They will have my full support. Serena.”

✊🏿

A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

Nastase has since told the Daily Mirror he doesn’t care about the incident or the consequences.

“I don’t regret it and they can send me to prison if they want – I don’t care,” he told the paper. “‘I don’t need this b*******. I’m 70 years old. I don’t even get paid for being team captain. I don’t give a s*** if they fine me or don’t let me sit in the captain’s chair.”


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62 Comments for Serena Williams Fires Back At Ilie Nastase, Calling Romanian A Racist

RZ Says:

Nastase is full of it. Obviously he does care or he wouldn’t have been so hostile to everyone when he was forced to leave during the tie.

And how nice for him to say “I don’t need this b*******” when he was the one who instigated the whole situation.


chrisford1 Says:

1. Other than the Indian Wells issue precipitated by Daddy Williams having Venus take a dive (for a leg injury that had not stopped her dancing at a Karaoke bar the night before or showing up for Sis’s match showing no limp or discomfort) Serena has been Pretty good in a tough situation. Not being a black Social Justice Warrior seeking to take it out on woman’s tennis, whining how ‘racists’ pay Sharapova more than her, etc. A couple bouts of temper and sore loser ants – but not the worst behaved in tennis by a long shot.

However, she played the race card here.
Nastase and his generation in 1st and the post-communist, non-muslim 2nd World countries – is the last of those who could attend school and send an entire career without significant worry PC would destroy their career, their school/scholarship, their office – for a grave enough “incorrect thought”.

Nastase deserves all the heat and ITF sanctions he can get for rules violations for comportment, harassing umpire, coach, and player with vile cracks…
But observing that a mixed race baby more often than not retains features inc skin color from both parents is a simple, unassailable scientific proof.


Wog Boy Says:

@RZ,

You are obviously too young to know anything about Nastase!
He couldn’t care less about what anybody thinks about him, as he said it, why would he?!
He never did, even in communist Romania under Nicolae Ceaușescu when he could just disappear without trace!
He was my favorite at the time and still is, he is the man with a balls and stayed true to himself all of his life, not like that pussy Nole who became something that I never thought he will, but shit happens, such is life.


Van Persie Says:

Ok, Nastase is boor, behaved like an uneducated human being, but I agree , he is not racist. He deserves all the mentioned punishments from ITF, agree with Chrisford.

The staff from Daily Mail is pretty funny, if they will try to get an apology from Ilie. Should he ever apologize, I hope he will not do it via sleazy Daily Mail.


skeezer Says:

His comments speak for themselves. No way to misinterpret that!


skeezer Says:

By the way the reporters that were linked to this article are NOT with the Daily Mail.


Van Persie Says:

^^ Daily Mirror, Mail pretty the same for me. Have more respect for Ilie than for those tabloids for sure.


sinha71 Says:

WB, that’s exactly why he shouldn’t be in that role.

cf1 misses the point. He’s racist for mentioning it to begin with. His ‘joke’ is racist. Only racist would find any humour in that ‘joke’.

Not to mention what he called the British players nor his sexual harrassment of Anne Keothavong.

Good riddance.

Nole? Those are just the symptoms of him tired of being hated on for beating Fed for so long and getting the grand slam. He could only channel the crowd hate for so long. Human nature.


sinha71 Says:

Not to mention what he called the British players nor his harrassment of Anne Keothavong.

Good riddance.

Nole? Those are just the symptoms of him tired of being unliked for beating Fed for so long and getting the grand slam. He could only channel the crowd rejection for so long. Human nature.


skeezer Says:

^^^Telegraph and the Press Assiciation


RZ Says:

@chrisford1 – I don’t understand the claim that Serena is playing the race card here, when Nastase clearly made a racist comment. “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” How is that not racist? Of course Serena would – and should – call it out for what it is: racist.

@Wog Boy – I see your point, but IMO a lot of people who claim they don’t care about something or the other really do care; they just want to pretend that they don’t.


skeezer Says:

11:20 post for VP


HJF Says:

The worst kind of racist, is one that doesnt even realize, or admit that they are one .


sinha71 Says:

I wasn’t aware that there was any other kind.


Wog Boy Says:

The drama queen Konta started crying and Nastase wasn’t even near her nor addressing her, he had a beef with chair umpire, then she kept crying when she was down 1:3, went to locker room or wherever and made sure to kill the momentum for Romanian player, came back more than ok and won, she did similar thing at USO, how long was her MTO, like three hours:) came back and won the match. Glad that Romania beat those British drama queens.
Yes, Nastase is rough on the edges, but that’s him and what is the big dill about what he said, he didn’t say anything bad about black, white or any people, he just asked, in the unusual way, the question that is on the mind of the majority of people but they scared to ask due to PC, how the child is going to look like? What is racist in that question, he didn’t say he disagrees with interracial marriage and kids, he didn’t say it is wrong, he just asked simple question in Nastase way, he is who he is, doesn’t bend over, good old Nasty Nastase, way to go in this sterile PC world.


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,

Nasty Nastase doesn’t care, lot of people doesn’t mean all, particularly doesn’t mean Nastase, go and check YouTube from his playing days, Connors (who was my favorite too) and JMc are puppies compare to Ilie.


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

Konta….originally from Australia…she’s certainly resident here and playing in team events so assume she’s English now but don’t know quite when she officially changed nationality…?


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Konta is of Hungarian parents born in Australia (Sydney) and left not so long ag (she representing Australia just five or so years ago, she is British, English or whatever now, if that matters at all, drama queen is drama queen:)


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

It is from Tom’s “article”:

“Nastase has since told the Daily Mirror he doesn’t care about the incident or the consequences.

“I don’t regret it and they can send me to prison if they want – I don’t care,” he told the paper. “‘I don’t need this b*******. I’m 70 years old. I don’t even get paid for being team captain. I don’t give a s*** if they fine me or don’t let me sit in the captain’s chair.”


Van Persie Says:

^^

But I know, he had also some arguments with Eleanor Crooks.

P.S. Some days before the GB team arrived in Romania for the Fed Cup, some British journalist phoned to some Romanian journalists, in order to get some spicy news about Ilie….well, they should now all bow to him, for providing them the material.


Van Persie Says:

Nastase was frustrated from the beginning, as he was not pleased (plus other small details) about the fact, that the ITF delegated as supervisor a British person. No excuse for his behavior though.

WB,

Glad to “see” you here.

I have to admit, I think I would have been a John Mc fan, if I had lived in that period….Nasty would had been too much for me. :)


Van Persie Says:

P.S. for WB,

Do not be that harsh to Nole, pls. I still have high hopes for him. He’s my fave player from all times :)


chrisford1 Says:

Sinha71 – Ooooooo! So RACIST!!! for anyone to mention that the baby of a dark skinned person, and their light skinned spouse will follow the laws of genetics and hereditary probability given inc odds of recessive genes. Was Mendel wrong? Or was he just wrong to note the obvious??
Ooooooh!!!
So butt-hurt!
The Lefty, angry black BLMrs , and “Stop saying it!! Or we will shut down your public” speech just like our fellow past Brown Shirts on the Left and Right did need to be grabbed and tossed from events, stores, and Congressional hearings they seek to ruin.
So go F yourself, HJF. The worst fascist “commandeering the mic” at Bernie rallies or Trump ones atre the same sort of goons willing to help at the rallies sabotaged in the Soviet Union at Stalin’s direction. Or the German Friecorps attacking dissident rallies or in China’s Great Cultural Revolution?? People exactly like you.
[One of the worst sort of traitors is one who fails to realize he is a traitor. See Benedict Arnold, the Ukraine Famine caused by traitor commissars,


chrisford1 Says:

Either the civilized nations get a grip on Leftist fascism shutting down academic inquiry, speech, and and the right of leftist “oppressed” the right to dictate agenda for all – or rational, fair minded ad hoc groups will do so. They will meet them on open ground with reciprocal intolerance.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Thanks, I didn’t want to use my mobile or personal computer since they were monitored (normal procedures) I was busy, was Part of meeting, greeting and saying goodbye team to VIP person who was in Sydney four four days and left on Monday morning, everything went smoothly, just felt sorry for his wife and daughters since they couldn’t really enjoy Sydney, how can you enjoy something flanked with hundred secrets service agents around you, that’s the price they have to pay.

As for Nole, I have to went my frustration on someone and who is the more suitable than Nole atm? I can’t went it on my wife, I am scared of her, I can’t went it on my kids since they are wenting their frustrations on me, my cat couldn’t care less about my (and Nole’s) problems, so Nole is my only choice;)


Van Persie Says:

WB,

:)


HJF Says:

Shame that some have to resort to gutter language, by telling posters to go F themselves .


Wog Boy Says:

Shame that some have to use two monikers at the same time..shamelessly!


J-Kath Says:

WB:

Bedene still has so much trouble getting permission to represent GB/UK/- seems odd Konta has not faced that – probably because she was too young to represent Australia before her parents emigrated. Still seems odd one rule for her and another for Bedene – especially as UK tried to get Nole.


chrisford1 Says:

Well, to your fascist taunt that could have come from the mouth of a Nazi or Commissar that the worst traitor/racist/capitalist oppressor/hater/reactionary etc., etc, is “someone who doesn’t realize it”.
I repeat. Go F yourself.
To the fascists on the right or left that claim they support re-education camps to help “anti-progress people” if they are salvageable, to purge ‘incorrect thoughts’ and mercifully spare such flawed humans their rightful bullet to the back of the head or frozen death and starvation in a ‘camp”..
I repeat, HJF, go F yourself.
Sport should be an escape from the nasty world of political thugs, those rapacious for more money and power gained at the intimidation of those that disagree with them. If not a Tunisian saying his tennis sporting authority bans matches against Jews who are evil and deft the Will of Allah but don’t even know it, or some hack journalist craving trumped up accusations to “destroy the enemies of PC” especially if they are too stupid to realize the ‘world has become more enlightened and needs to shut down the mouths of any who disagree with them…
I repeat, HJF, go F yourself.
Nastase is just a boor and lout who doesn’t give a rat’s patootie who he “offends and traumatizes with his beliefs” He is also one who grew up in hardcore Communism with secret police, kangaroo courts on simple accusation, and use of personal destruction to cow the masses. He knows what freedom is better than most, as an East European.
And Serena did play the race card. Her kid will be milk chocolate in color, possibly “high yeller” light caramel 7 chances out of . Serena’s race bait does not belong in sport anymore than the feminist card that leads to idiot statements that due to equal pay for equal work, star goalie once upon a time Hope Solo “deserved” the same pay as Lionel Messi.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
She did represent Australia until 2012 when she got British citizenship, since then she plays for UK, she was 14 when she moved to UK. I don’t really know what are the rules in UK and why Bedene has more problems than Konta, particulary since Slovenia is part of EU and Australia isn’t one would think it should be easier for Bedene than Konta, but than again Konta is coming from the well of family, daddy hotel manager, mummy dentist, she was born and grew up in upmarket northern beaches suburb of Collaroy.
BTW, her sister Eva stayed in Sydney and is married to Aussie rules player.


HJF Says:

I Never have condoned anything racist, and i never will, and i have multi cultures in my family, so how dare you !


Markus Says:

So, Serena is the bad person in this controversy?


HJF Says:

Exactly Markus and im not even a Serena fan either ! .


HJF Says:

@ 5.08 am, unlike other posters here, i wont be enticed into one of your quarrels, so dont bother trying .


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy:

Australia – still part of the Commonwealth – is regarded as more British than EU membership – if she arrived UK aged 14 may have played in an “amateur” category – the best I can think of, i.e. did not previously represent her country – whereas Bedene apparently did.

Ah well. It just seems unfair.


skeezer Says:

VP,
Simon Briggs -Telegraph
And you “slid” in Eleanor Cook, who also is not from the Daily Mail. ..just sayin…
Tom reported his source, Daily Mail, but they weren’t the only ones that reported that scene.

“So, Serena is the bad person in this controversy?”
Yep, and Cook, Konta, Anne, the Referee, etc. they all are wrong, lol.
Aww c’mon….Nasty has always been Nasty!
So does that make his behavior right?


HJF Says:

Blame everyone else, except for the man himself .


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Thank you for your feedback.

I am to tired today, to explain you again, what I meant.
Perhaps I will have more time for this during next days, but do not think so, as I might enjoy the long weekend by leaving the city.

Take care!


Okiegal Says:

A plethora of these comments need to be removed…..racist indeedy!!


HJF Says:

Yes Okie indeed, guess who ? …


skeezer Says:

VP,
I just thought what a terrible conversation to be debating news sources, lol.
Anyways, see ya soon, be safe, be well. Enjoy your time away.


Okiegal Says:

@HJF…..I’m appalled at the comments that are permitted on this forum……chocolate milk…..really??? So sad….still shaking my head in disgust!


HJF Says:

Okie that makes two of us, so sad ….


RZ Says:

@Okie, HJF, Markus, and others…like Serena said, “this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go.”


the_mind_reels Says:

Nastase is a buffoon at best and a racist and misogynist at worst, and while he’s entitled to his own thoughts and opinions, he should not have a role in professional tennis. It shouldn’t matter where he’s from or what he’s been through.

Amazing that some are trying to give his comments space by claiming that he’s simply speaking scientific truth about mixed race children. I didn’t know he was a scientist or that he was asked for a scientific explanation for what happens when people of differing skin colors have a child.


SG1 Says:

Pretty simple as I look at it…What was Nastase’s point? Did he have one? A white man and a black woman having a child with slightly lighter than black skin coloring. Prophetic stuff.

It’s just the idiotic ranting of a moron.


Daniel Says:

TMH and SG1.

My thoughts exactly. Only a chauvinist misogynist 🐽 think alike would bother to defend him. Waste of time.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes to the last few points. SG1, well put.


Truth Says:

Pathetic race baiting. We are all human and there is nothing wrong with making lame jokes.
Serena is one of the most annoying hypocritical players of all time, alongside the most overrated and abusive passive-aggressive types: McEnroe, Roddick and evil liar Federer.
No one looks at her and feels amazing, powerful, comfort and peace, unless they choose her to represent their angry, spiteful, skin color obsessed life.
The type of fan that craves phony behavior and sycophancy over decency.

Serena doesn’t know anything about race and what colors her ancestors were. There were more dark chocolate slave owners than vanilla slave owners in foreign countries, but she’s a poor wee victim of racism because a clown joked about chocolate.
She accuses people of hating the black players, throws a hissy fit and send abuse on the umpire, but she is a victim of “lower salary than Sharapova”.
Tough luck, dearie. Most players are not so annoying like you. Slams don’t erase who you are, despite what the fake media says.
They don’t play stupid and victims because of skin color….
Isn’t she the “friend” to Roddick?!!! Two faced hypocrite.


SG1 Says:

Dislike for Serena isn’t an acceptable reason for justifying stupid comments. What business does Nastase have talking about the color of her kid? How is it relevant to anything? How about just congratulating her and leaving it at that?


Truth Says:

She’ll do anything for money, sympathy & profuse praise.
She’ll write a book to include her “painful race dividing experience”; what a joke…
I never adored her. It’s now worse than ever. It is so obvious how ignorant she is.
Ilie has a big mouth. He may not be a genius but he knows she’s no educated Queen of Tennis like she thinks.
She has her own set of rules and standards and can talk trash smack about any player, but if someone has chocolate and vanilla jokes that are common in the entertainment business (tennis is entertainment), she gets butthurt.

I’ve seen worse than Ilie.
Other players had their own agendas and abused many people every month on and off court, but she didn’t mention them though.
Did she lecture the ATP and WTA about Tomic’s father, Kyrgios and Roddick?
Of course not. She knows nothing.
She’s friendly to the McEnroe brothers, two utter clowns that mocked other players, including Djoker.

She doesn’t own any black or white labels.
She can shut up her usual sanctimonious disingenuous high and might nonsense.


Wog Boy Says:

“Pathetic race baiting. We are all human and there is nothing wrong with making lame jokes.”

That’s exactly what it was, lame joke, borderline stupid joke, nothing to do with racism, absolutely nothing! That doesn’t stop those gestapo like PC police to jump and play racist cards, what a bunch of hypocrites and idiots.

When Sorana Cristea was called gypsy and insulted on regular bases around the (western) world because she is Romanian nobody pays attention, when Mrs Murray is making plainly racist remarks for everybody to hear it is classified sweet and funny by the same people who are having a go at Nastase, really? What a bunch of bigots.

Here is what Sorana had to say after her match with drama queen Konte, and she was absolutely right:

https://youtu.be/jHFXhj_9GTc


skeezer Says:

Sorana should have told Nastase to stfu. It wasn’t her fault, nor Konta’s. This all has to do with what came out of his mouth. If he didn’t say those nasty things the match would have taken its due course. Take some responsibilty. Can’t belive the few that are defending Nasty and trying to pin the blame on something else. What a joke.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
Ok, STFU or GAGF, your choice.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy:

What did Kim Murray say that was racist? If she was “over-the-top” it was started by Berdych with his remarks…and he did make them/and did gloat. Neither party came off as shining – but come on – be fair. The content was quite different than anything that resembles racism. I don’t know anyone who could consider her remarks as racist – it was so obviously personal. As you know Andy’s ex Coach was newly in the Berdych’s camp and Berdych made a gloating remark at the end of the first set.

Come on Wogboy – it’s a stretch too far.


Wog Boy Says:

And if you are reluctant to do either, than have some lamb chops:

https://youtu.be/iK3R5Fl—Y


Wog Boy Says:

This was for Slimy.
JK,
No it wasn’t personal, not when you mention somebody’s nationality in the contest of swearing at somebody. It was racist, chauvinistic at best.

It was not started by Betdych, that’s plain wrong and inaccurate. It started by Andy giving long and dirty look to Berdych coach (you know who), Berdych was stupid enough to take a bait and offense, until that moment he was a better player.
The moment Andy gave that long dirty look, Jim Courier commented “I hope Berdych won’t take a bait, that’s what Andy wants “, but Betdych took it and after that it escalated. Check the match again.


Markus Says:

Doesn’t everybody see Wog Boy’s true color yet?


Markus Says:

…and Truth is a Wog Boy clone.


Wog Boy Says:

Čmarkus,

My colour is white, mediteranian white, but if you come closer I’ll show you the part of my body where I am even whiter, you’ll love it.


J-Kath Says:

I hear you, Wog Boy but I disagree and I have seen it more than once. It was started by Berdych. Plus Andy usually beats Berdych without any help – maybe not at the moment as he’s really struggling with his game.

I guess we’ll not agree on this topic.

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