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Richard Williams collapsed in court!


BREAKING NEWS
Breaking news at the Palm Beach County courthouse, where Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams has apparently collapsed. Reports say, the tennis stars' father has the flu and was under a certain amount of duress.
The Williams sisters and their father are in court facing allegations of re-negging on a Battle of the Sexes tennis match.
Richard Williams concluded nearly four days of testimony earlier this week. He also insists that he never committed his daughters to play in the match.

The Williams sisters have won a combined 59 singles events on the WTA Tour, including 12 Grand Slam singles titles, with more than 32-million dollars in prize money.

We do not have any additional information on the his condition, but stay tuned to Midday on Five beginning at Noon for updates.




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Hope he is okay!

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omg i hope everything is alright!!!

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Hope he is okay!
Thank you, this should be the first thought in every decent person's mind. We don't even know if the man is ok.

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I wonder which new admin keeps deleting these posts...
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I wonder which new admin keeps deleting these posts...
i was wondering the same thing

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Thank you, this should be the first thought in every decent person's mind. We don't even know if the man is ok.
that man loves his daughters more than any man I've known. I wish I had a dad like Richard

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UPDATED: 11:34 a.m. November 30, 2006

WEST PALM BEACH — Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, collapsed in a Palm Beach County courtroom this morning and was taken to the hospital. He had not been in court on Wednesday.

His lawyers said he had experienced flu-like symptoms and was at his doctor's office. He is 64 years old.


His daughters, Venus and Serena, were at an exhibition match in Denver and were not in the courtroom when their father became ill.

The family has spent most of the last three weeks in court defending themselves in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract suit. The trial is continuing.

Would-be promoters Carol Clarke and Keith Rhodes are suing them for as much as $9 million, claiming they reneged on a planned 2001 battle-of-the-sexes tournament that would have pitted Venus and Serena against two male players, possibly John and Patrick McEnroe
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WEST PALM BEACH — Richard Williams, the father of tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams, became ill Thursday outside a Palm Beach County courtroom where the family is fighting a multi-million-dollar breach of contract suit.
While sheriff's deputies offered to call paramedics to take the 64-year-old Palm Beach Gardens resident to the hospital, he declined. His attorney, David Slutsker, said he went to his doctor's office.

"He's sick. It's a serious situation. I don't feel comfortable talking about the details of it," Slutsker said. "He tried to be here, he wants to be here but he can't be here because he needs to be under the care of his doctor."
Neither of his daughters were in the courtroom when their father became ill. Both left the trial early on Wednesday to travel to Denver, Colo. to appear in an exhibition tennis match. They are expected back on Friday.
The jury was not told of Williams' illness and the trial continued.
Had he collapsed in front of the jury, there is a chance a mistrial would have been declared because his illness could have created sympathy among the jurors.
Last year, after roughly two weeks of testimony, a mistrial was declared after Circuit Judge Jeffrey Winikoff ruled that one of Richard Williams' attorneys had asked a potentially prejudicial question to a witness.
While the family has spent almost every day in court since mid-November, Richard Williams was not in court Wednesday. Slutsker said his client was suffering "flu-like symptoms" and had gone to his doctor.
He has also left the courtroom regularly to take smoking breaks outside the courthouse.

At issue in the trial that is expected to last until Dec. 15 is the validity of an agreement Richard Williams signed, promising to have his daughters compete in a battle of the sexes match against two males, possibly retired tennis greats John and Patrick McEnroe. Would-be promoters Carol Clarke and Keith Rhodes are seeking as much as $9 million, claiming the three reneged on the contract.
Venus and Serena Williams have claimed they knew nothing about the so-called Wow Event that Clarke and Rhodes claim would have netted the family at least $37 million. Further, they claim, their father can't commit them to do anything.
Richard Williams testified that the agreement was simply a letter that Clarke was to take to IMG, a sports management company that represented his daughters.
After Richard Williams left, the jury continued listening to video-taped testimony of Rick Gentile, a former executive producer at CBS Sports. Gentile, who was to serve as executive producer of the event, said he thought the tournament could net at least $100 million.
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Poor Richard, he's getting all the pressure on this.

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was Michael Jackson an adviser?
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mmm... a "mistrial"
I study law in Belgium and I never heard anything alike
I better go look that up Such a strange principle, if you ask me... Isn't the intent of a trial to "win the jury over"?

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