Video: Serena Williams gets testy with reporter over Olympic dance

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Tennis star Serena Williams got a little testy with a reporter before the start of the U.S Open tennis tournament in New York.

She was dogged by questions over her dance at the London Olympics that some say was gang-related.

The so-called Crip Walk is a hip-hop dance made famous by Crip gang members in Compton, Calif., in the 1970s.

Watch how she answers a reporter’s question about the dance at 4:25 in the video.


“First of all, it was just a dance,” she said. “I didn’t know that’s what it was called. Second, why are you asking me that? Like that’s so … I mean, if anything you should be trying to ask me questions to lift me up, not bring up such things. I’m done with that question.”

Really? Do reporters have an obligation to ask questions to “lift up” athletes? Hardly.

Meantime, here’s video of Wiilliams dancing after she beat Maria Sharapova to win the gold medal at the Olympics.


She said she wasn’t aware of the criticism that followed her celebration.

“I read zero press,” Williams said. “That has been my policy since I was 17. I don’t know what was made too much of or whether it was too little. I think winning the Olympics was awesome for me and for the USA.”

Williams is seeded No. 4 at the U.S.Open. She’s won the tournament three times.


  1. SWilson_NYS

    August 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    No one focus on the actions of Marie Sharapova,i,e. she plays for Russia, but lives in the USA. Serena and Venus were born, raised and plays for the USA. They love their country. Why can’t American embrace them? They are Americans and we should be supporting them not tearing them down. France enbraces Tsonga and Monfil because they are Frenchmen. Venus and Serena are Americans. Support them!!! No they are not blonde, blue eyes nor white. They are African American who are great at their sport and loves playing for the United States of American. I never knew the name of this dance, I loves the steps and moves. Get over it. Ask Serene if she is going to win the US Open!!!

  2. Ward Fantroy

    August 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I can’t imagine that anyone who loves to dance and sees a cool dance step would stop and ask who invented the step before learning to do it. And, what difference does it make who invented the step? Whether in a dance studio, a club, on the street, or in London, the dance only has the meaning you give it; and it only has that meaning to you.

  3. Commonsense

    August 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    To me she seems like a diva, a pain in the a$$, but it was just a little dance, if it had been just let go most people would not have any idea what it even was. I had never heard of the Crip dance or walk or whatever it is and I don’t care.

    I would have to say, I don’t beleive she did it because of what it was or even knew what it was ? I think its a stretch to to call this anything but what it was, a simple little victory dance.
    Or should we believe that she is somehow a supporter of the Crips ? Come on.

    She is one of the all time female tennis greats if not the all time greatest, are we sure this isn’t just a way to try and beat her down a bit. it always seems the higher someone climbs the more people want to bring them down.

    And again I say this with my own thoughts that she seems like a pain in the a$$ to deal with. I feel she suffers from the “Don’t you know who I am” syndrome.

    But who knows, I could be 100% off base, I have been before and will be again.

    • David Platt

      August 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      I wish everyone would just this a rest!!! The reporter had no business asking about it.

      If the reporter had bothered watching the Olympic Gold Medal Final when Serena won the draw, her dance was a spontoneous outburst of complete and total joy that she had finally gotten a gold medal in singles.

      Nothing has been said about the nasty, ugly faces that Sharapova made when she was getting blown off the face of the earth.

      Give it a rest, give it a rest, give it a rest. Many other tennis players have done far worse things on court when they have won or lost.

  4. juber

    August 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

    You can take the gangsta out of Compton, but you can’t take Compton out of the gangsta. Punks are punks; she just has mo money now.

  5. travis

    August 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    so what she danced who gives a crap. Let it be anyone but her they wouldnt have cared

  6. Monica Hicks

    August 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Some people cannot handle the fact that this woman and her sister are still dominating tennis.

    Instead of attacking her, just admit that she make you feel like the wussies you are. That she shatters your fantasy being man enough to satisfy a woman like her.

    You guys call her names and make rude racial comments about her because she goes against what you want to believe about people like her. She is a power house!
    It emasculates you, so you try to bring her down. Admit it!

    I’m not sure what the root of your hostility is. Is it the money or that fact that you know you can’t beat her, so you attack her verbally in order to break her spirit.

  7. Randy G

    August 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Maybe these “A**holes” should ask about her birth certificate. These racists should demand proof that Serena and Venus didn’t reach the Pro ranks because of “Affirmative Action.

    The Williams sisters have elevated an already great game. Racists on the other hand continue to lower the bar of common decency and public discourse.

    • Elvis

      August 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Why is it any time anything is said about a black person that is negative it is always blamed on their skin color? Oh that person is a racist, they said something negative about someone who is black. What they said had nothing to do with skin color but since that person is black, and the comment is negative, it always means that person is racist.

    • Gary

      August 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      You’re kidding right. The whole family thinks they are superior to everyone else.

  8. Mike

    August 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    She was doin’ the Compton dance!!! straight from the ghetto

  9. DOUGE

    August 26, 2012 at 11:25 am


  10. mark

    August 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

    The woman is FROM Compton the home of the Crips, and she didn’t know it was called that?Bull—-! Notice the inherit entitlement mentality – “You she be asking me questions that lift ME up”. God I wish she’d go away, along with her adoring PC “sports journalist’s”.

    • the don

      August 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Crip walking is just a dance and doing it does not mean you support the Crips. People all over the country do the dance and have no afiliation with gang violence. Get a clue will you.

  11. joe hammer

    August 26, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Total garbage answer Serena,you knew eactly what you were doing when you threw down that crip dance from where you grew up .Serena you know that the crips stand for killing whoever and leave others in wheelchairs.I used to root for you and I find it a total disgrace to young women and men from Compton trying to getaway from the gangs and make something of their lives like you have .Its not easy at all to get out when mo and dad(most don’t even have one,lifetime prison or dead and buried before the child is born) Serena you find that funny with that dance in crip support? and your answer is total BS you supported crip killing and maiming with that .Pathetic

  12. Randy

    August 26, 2012 at 4:04 am

    My comment is about the dumb ass reporting that goes on about Serena Williams doing a dance after winning a Gold medal. And now the reporter named the dance Crip dance. Watch the mens 200 meter Olympic race. When Usain Bolt won, he also did a dance, know one mentioned that dance. So should that be the Jamacian drug lord dance. Sometimes I wonder just how sore the knees of some of these reporters must hurt,because they sure didn’t get these jobs on brains.
    Best Regards,Cujo468

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