Tennis superstar Serena Williams responded Monday to racially insensitive comments about her unborn child’s skin color made by the captain of Romania’s Fed Cup team, ABC News reports.
Williams posted this message on Instagram, via ABC News:
“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child.”
The 23-time grand slam winner announced to the world on April 19 that she was 20 weeks pregnant. Rather than congratulate Williams, 70-year-old Ilie Nastase reportedly said, “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” according to Romanian and British media.
Since Williams’ fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is White, Nastase is apparently commenting on the racial identity of the tennis star’s unborn child.
The tennis champion also called out Nastase on social media for “sexist comments” toward three women during Fed Cup matches over the past weekend.
According to the BBC, British player Johanna Konta was in tears on Saturday over the incident, which resulted in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) suspending Nastase.
Williams said, “I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support,” ABC News reported.
Nastase says he has nothing to apologize for regarding his remarks about Williams’ baby. “I want to know what word I used is racist?” he told the Associated Press.
Nastase did admit, however, that he lost his cool during his team’s match against Britain but thought the punishment was “crazy.”
Meanwhile, the ITF is investigating his remarks about Williams.
SOURCE: ABC News, Associated Press, BBC
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1. Simone shows off her medals
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2. Simone is hyped for her Saturday morning practice
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3. But there's still always school work to do...
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4. Just relaxin'
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5. The moment the US women's gymnastics team became world champions
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6. That moment when Simone became the Female Olympic Athlete of the Year
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7. The perks of being sponsored by Coke...well almost. Simone says's she'll stick to water.
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8. Simone on set with Vogue Magazine
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9. Even Simone eats pizza too!
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10. Sister, sister
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11. The US team at the 2016 Pac Rim Championships
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12. Simone goes tumbling over her protein powder
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13. How Simone spends Mother's Day
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14. The last Team USA campfire before the Olympics
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15. Beach day!
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16. They're just so adorable...
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17. This is how Simone takes a rest day
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18. Breakfast of champions: Special K
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19. Simone kills it at the 2016 P+G Championships
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20. But there's more work to do in the gym before Rio
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21. Simone throws the first pitch for the Houston Astros in her signature style
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22. The US Olympic team trials. We know what happened here!
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23. Simone shows just how strong she is by climbing the rope
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24. The amount of tape a gymnast needs to compete at the Olympics
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25. Behind the scenes are the 2016 Rio Olympics
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27. The US women's gymnastics team showing off their national pride
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28. More patriotic leotards from the US women's gymnastics team
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29. Simone at the 2016 Rio Olympics
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30. Simone called this picture "podium training"...these girls are coming for gold!
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31. Fun time out of the gym for the US women's gymnastics team
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32. Simone heads to qualifiers where she will smash the competition
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