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Can someone explain this comment?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by girl friday, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. girl friday

    girl friday Member

    What does "hit the net like any Negro would" mean exactly?? I'm "Negro" and this is a new one on me...


    March 27, 2007 -- KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Serena Williams says a heckler bothered her throughout her match yesterday at the Sony Ericsson Open, making at least one racist remark before he was finally ejected.

    "The guy said, 'Hit the net like any Negro would.' I was shocked," Williams said. "I couldn't believe it. I had to do a double take. I think I hit a double fault on that point."

    Williams, who won the third-round match against Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-4, complained late in the match to the chair umpire about the heckler.

    "I shouldn't have let it bother me," Williams said. "I guess that's what my dad prepared me for, but I'm not going to stand for it."

    Fans and security confirmed a man heckled Williams inappropriately, said tournament director Adam Barrett, who added "the man was identified and escorted off the site."
  2. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Maybe it's a reference to basketball. Either way, stupid comment from a stupid person. Can't stand such racial intolerance.
  3. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    It's impossible to explain the ramblings of an idiot. That was sad. And, no, I can't explain it.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I think the dummy was just wanting her to double fault and hit the ball into the net. In his racist rant attributed the (perceived, hoped for?) lack of ability to hit the ball over the net to her race.
  5. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    So it made no sense, but she took offense?
  6. girl friday

    girl friday Member

    For me, anytime the word "Negro" is used, it's offensive.
    Unless it's another black person saying it in jest (re: "Negro, please!"). It's like the whole nigga/nigger thing. Personally, I hate the word at any time, but if another black person says nigga, it's wildly different than a white person saying nigger.
  7. girl friday

    girl friday Member

    It gets better!

    According to the Miami Herald, which offered a more extensive story on what happened, Serena cleaned up the language and the piece of shit actually called her a nigger.

    Still not sure what the comment means though...
  8. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Maybe he's confusing black people with dolphins?
  9. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    That statement - and it's airing in public - is just appaling. It's not even about the meaning, it's about social mores.
  10. I can't beleive that someone would even have the stones to yell that kind of racial slur in a such a public forum.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Here's a photo taken of the guy

  12. girl friday

    girl friday Member

    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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