Serena Williams, who recently won the Australian Open in January (while pregnant!), is now dealing with controversial racist remarks made by one of her peers. Romanian tennis star Ilie Nastase has been allegedly quoted saying, “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” when referring to Serena’s unborn child with partner Alexis Ohanian.
Nastase has a history of this type of behavior. Just this past weekend he made inappropriate sexual advances on one of his fellow tennis players, and also verbally abused another player along with an umpire.
Serena swiftly responded to the racist remarks with a post on her Instagram that read:
“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 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 unlike 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 air, I rise.
I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support.
The International Tennis Federation has launched an investigation to decide it’s actions against Nastase.
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