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Maria Sharapova’s ‘stalker’ strikes again

Jan 18, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

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There are times when you’d like to see the press act more like stalkers; like in the run-up to the Iraq War, for instance. But this is just creepy. James McOnie, who works for a satirical TV sports show called A Crowd Goes Wild, has again turned up at a Maria Sharapova press conference, asking stupid questions and this time wielding a sign. So far, sounds funnier than SportsDome. From

A ‘stalker’ continues to freak out Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, the latest run-in coming after her first-round win over Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn in Melbourne on Monday.

James McOnie, a New Zealand journalist is facing a possible censure from Australian Open officials after showing up at the post-game media conference where he unveiled a sign reading “I am not a stalker.”

“I don’t know why you’re here today,” Sharapova said. “That shouldn’t have happened. You even have a sign. Oh, goodness, that’s wrong.”

McOnie first showed up at Sharapova’s press conferences during the ASB Classic in New Zealand earlier this month.

There’s a fine line between sports reporting and stalking. Anyway, just look at the photo above. Form an orderly line, ladies.

New Zealand journalist accused of stalking Maria Sharapova turns up at media conference []