Among the things Connors said to Littlefield were: "Kiss me before you do that to me. ... You son of a bitch. ... Get out of the chair. ... You're a bum. ... Get your ass out of the chair. ... Don't give me that crap. ... You're an abortion." But Connors was neither warned nor penalized.
"Jimmy was about as gross as he could get," said CBS analyst Mary Carillo. "But I've heard him say it before. It's very tough to hear and very tough to take."
Said one former player, "Connors has always been an -------. It's just that now he's everybody's favorite -------."
The next day, when Michael Mewshaw, who wrote the definitive book on the men's circuit, Short Circuit, asked tournament referee Tom Barnes whether Connors would be fined for what he had said to Littlefield, Barnes replied, "Get out of my office."
"Excuse me? Are you the guy who decides on fines?" said Mewshaw.
"I'm the guy," said Barnes. "Now get out of my office, or I'll call security."
Later Barnes said, "It is our policy that the officials have to report any code violation after the match. They did not, so it is a nonissue."
Well, O.K. If you're a music store manager, do you send back the offensive CDs and tapes by the rap group N.W.A., or do you invite the louts to make a personal appearance so you can draw a panting mob?