Jimmy Connors arrested in California, some things don’t change.

Jimmy Connor arrested for bad behavior

Jimmy Connor arrested for bad behavior

In the past Jimmy Connors was called the original bad boy of American tennis. At the 1991 U.S. Open, he called an umpire who ruled against him “a bum,” “a son of a bi***” and “an abortion”.

It seems that he was arrested outside a college basketball game in California on Friday night, November 21, for standing his ground, police said. At the age of 56 Jimmy was ordered to move away from the entrance of the Thunderdome just before North Carolina and & UC Santa Barbara were set to play that evening.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion, known for his explosive temper in the past, refused and was arrested, police said.

He was released on Saturday and details are still sketchy on what exactly happened.  I’m guessing the police told him to do something he didn’t fully agree with. Some people just don’t change in their old age.  Or do they?

UPDATE 11/24/2008

Connors, 56, issued a statement thorough his business manager Karen Scott Happer saying he was picking up tickets for the game with his son Brett when he was twice confronted by a man who made derogatory comments and physical contact.

An altercation ensued and when campus police arrived, they told Connors to leave the campus.

“Jimmy said he wanted to stay and wait for his son to watch the game, and as a result was taken into custody,” the statement said. “Police told Jimmy that he was being taken into custody for ‘being a non-student refusing to leave the campus.’ Jimmy is extremely disappointed and embarrassed about the way the situation was handled.”

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3 responses to “Jimmy Connors arrested in California, some things don’t change.

  1. Jimmy is the greatest tennis player of all time, most singles wins, closest was Lendl, who had 15 less titles, then mac.
    this man who bothered Jimbo at the game should have been arrested. Jimmy has the biggest heart in tennis. I think he is the greatest, like an Ali of tennis.
    Go jimmy. You will be missed in tennis. You have brought the game to another level. Loved the senior tour you created.

  2. If it was not for you, tennis would have gone to another level. My mom is a huge fan. Vitas will be greatly missed and I could see that you were his hero. Live long and prosper Jimbo. I have many tennis pro teachers who say your play was perfect tennis and perfect form.

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