Published 8:56 PM EDT Sep 12, 2018
Corrections and clarifications: A previous version of the story misidentified the number of NBA championships Stephen Curry has won. He has won three.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry lent his support to Serena Williams in light of her controversial behavior in the US Open final that saw the tennis star spar with chair umpire Carlos Ramos and Naomi Osaka prevail for her first Grand Slam.
Curry, who is friends with Williams and has shot several Chase Bank commercials alongside her, felt the 23-time Grand Slam winner displayed great sportsmanship in the loss. Williams consoled Osaka and asked the Flushing Meadows crowd to stop booing Osaka during Williams' runner-up speech.
"The way Serena handled the situation, I think she handled it with such grace and class," Curry, a three-time NBA champion with the Warriors, told Omnisport on Tuesday. "At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope."
Williams received three code violations from Ramos, including for on-court coaching, breaking her racket and calling Ramos a "thief," which was given a full game penalty. At one point, Williams told Ramos, "You owe me an apology. I've never cheated in my life. ... I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose."
By the time Osaka won the match 6-2, 6-4, the crowd began to boo Ramos and the end result. After the match, Williams accused the umpire of being sexist in her postgame news conference. Her claim was supported by many in the tennis community — including the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) — prompting several chair umpires to come to Ramos defense earlier this week, saying that he was going by the rules.
(Editor's note: An earlier version stated Curry was a two-time NBA champion)