03.29.07

Tennis Pest Denies Dropping N-Bomb

Posted in Racism Corner, Tennis at 10:06 am by

From the Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser :

Whether or not he used racial slurs, security will keep a close eye on Donald Winton at future WTA tournaments – if he is allowed to attend. Miami-Dade police served Winton, 51, with a no-trespassing order after he heckled Serena Williams during her victory over Lucie Safarova on Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Williams said Winton, a Cocoa Beach resident, made improper racial remarks, which he denied.

“I said she was lazy … but I did not say the N-word or use any racial language,” he told The Miami Herald. “I didn’t say what she said I said.”

Tournament director Adam Barrett said Winton’s ejection was warranted even if he didn’t use racial slurs. Barrett said Winton admitted he was trying to make Williams uncomfortable and was disruptive to fans seated near him, which in itself is grounds for ejection.

Larry Scott, the CEO of the WTA Tour, said hecklers “won’t have the privilege of coming to our tournaments. We have zero tolerance for what happened.”

There’s no truth to the rumor the gentleman above has been banned from WTA events for claiming he’d slept with Serena’s sister.

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