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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 News.com.au:

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.

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New Zealand journalist accused of stalking Maria Sharapova turns up at media conference [News.com.au]