Nastase responds to backlash about Serena Williams comments

Nastase responds to backlash about Serena Williams comments

first_imgLATEST STORIES “At the press conference I was asked what opinion I had about Serena being pregnant. I then found out for the first time (she was pregnant) and my reaction was spontaneous,” said Nastase, who is the captain of Romania’s Fed Cup team.Nastase also said Williams was “one of the greatest players of all times and I know how much work goes into achieving these results.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWilliams is black and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, is white.Nastase was also criticized for swearing at player Johanna Konta and Britain captain Anne Keothavong during a Fed Cup match. He said he would not try to “defend my words, but I assure you that behind them was my desire to defend the interests of the Romanian team and Romanian tennis.” Romania won the best-of-five series 3-2, but Nastase was banned by the International Tennis Federation.Nastase called tennis not a sport but “my life,” saying his outburst meant “I managed to do what I didn’t imagine was possible, to feel that tennis was slipping away from me.”“I know that nothing can really excuse my words, nor a high-level match, not the non-conformist attitude I am now known for, not the unfortunate amplification of the situation,” he said. “My life remains dedicated to tennis and its public and I ask you to accept, as much as is possible, my apologies.”Despite the apology, he also took another shot at Konta.“I think what happened was exaggerated from all sides. Nonetheless, Johanna Konta should not have spoken with the chair umpire, that’s what the team captain does,” Nastase said. “I asked her in a civilized way for some explanations and she sent me to the tribune where I was removed as captain. After this, the umpire suspended the match. I don’t know why the match was suspended.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte FILE – In this Monday, May 23, 2016, file photo, former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase watches a match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. Nastase made an attempt at apologizing for his comments about Serena Williams and his outburst during a Fed Cup match. The 70-year-old tennis great posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)BUCHAREST, Romania — Ilie Nastase responded to the backlash from his comments about Serena Williams and his Fed Cup outburst, saying his remarks about the pregnant tennis great were “spontaneous” and his tirade inexcusable.The 70-year-old tennis Nastase posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby Williams is expecting.ADVERTISEMENT Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for Cavs rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nastase earned the nickname “Nasty” for his on-court outbursts and gamesmanship in his playing heyday in the 1970s. But it also described his game, which earned him two Grand Slam singles titles and more than 100 ATP titles. He’s a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img

 

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