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Serena Williams Fires Back at Former Tennis Star's 'Racist' Remark About Her Upcoming Baby

Serena Williams Fires Back at Former Tennis Star's 'Racist' Remark About Her Upcoming Baby

Serena Williams is speaking out after former tennis pro Ilie Nastase reportedly made a comment about the color of her unborn child.

The 35-year-old tennis player announced last week that she was pregnant with her first child with fiance Alexis Ohanian.

On Friday (April 21), Ilie was caught on tape before Great Britain’s Fed Cup stating in Romanian, “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” (via ESPN and the Telegraph)

“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,” Serena shared on Instagram on Monday (April 14).

“I want to know what word I used is racist?” Ilie told the Associated Press.

The International Tennis Federation is currently investigating Ilie and has issued a statement that reads: “The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour of any kind. We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action.”

Read the rest of Serena‘s message below.


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  • persononhere

    well, he’s technically right, as no single word he said was actually racist. it was the meaning and sentiment behind the words, and they’d have to prove his intention was to be racist

  • Amber

    Ignorant, intolerant fuck.

  • betafish

    What Illie Nataste said was incredibly ignorant and offensive. And just to be clear, the racist part comes in when you made the skin tone of a newborn baby into a joke about chocolate and milk.

  • SaraJ

    Go Serena.

  • Koos

    dont bother..I WILL MARY YOU!!

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  • Sabrina

    Uhm, what’s racist about “chocolate with milk”? Serious question.

  • Wendy

    The fact that he has to even question why that is racist shows just how racist he is. I can’t wait till bigots like him die off.