In a shocking development, tennis great Serena Williams has accused Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and her unborn child. Nastase was overheard making some inappropriate comments about the soon to be mother. Now, Serena Williams responds to Nastase’s racial slurs against her unborn baby !
“Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”. This was the exact statement that Nastase was heard telling at a press conference which infuriated not only Williams but the entire tennis world.
This is what Serena Williams said in response to the Nastase’s comments,
“It disappoints me to know we live in a society in which 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.”
“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.”
Nastase, who is also the Romanian team’s captain, was involved in another controversy last Saturday. He was expelled from the tennis court because he swore at officials and also ranted at a press association journalist.
Even his friend, former gymnastics star Nadia Comăneci, criticized Nastase for his comments on Williams.
I cannot condone or defend his recent ugly and very offensive remarks … I am a great supporter of women in sport and I would never condone any kind of sexist comments of this kind, whether they are from Ilie Nastase or anyone else,” she said.