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Serena Side-Steps Crip Walk Question by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Serena Williams, Here at 2012 Arthur Ashe Kids Day, Side-Stepped Questions About Crip Walking

Serena Williams, Here at 2012 Arthur Ashe Kids Day, Side-Stepped Questions About Crip Walking


Serena Williams was asked about her celebration after winning the gold medal in London, England, at the 2012 Olympics in women’s singles. ( http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/serena-williams-wins-olympic-gold/ ) When specifically asked about doing the Crip Walk, and any regrets, Williams responded “First of all, it was just a dance. I didn’t know that’s what it was called. Second, why are you asking me that?” Later, she continued, “If anything, you should be trying to ask me questions to lift me up”, as the question was asked by an African-American woman.

While this was a legitimate question, as I, too, was shocked by Serena’s celebration after winning the gold medal, I am also aware of her temperament, and thought it better for me not to ask a question that would get responded to in an aggressive matter by one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

As a Compton, California native, I find it hard to believe that Williams is unaware of the name of the dance. Also, her older sister was killed in what was reported to be gang violence in September, 2003.

With that being said, I don’t think Serena had any ill intentions when doing the dance. I believe it was a spontaneous celebration after accomplishing one of the greatest feats of her career. Should she have known that performing a dance that is named after a deadly gang isn’t a good idea? Absolutely. With that said, it is in the past, and she should be forgiven for her poor choice of a celebration dance. If, however, she does win the 2012 US Open Women’s Title, I will be one of many watching the Serena celebration closely.

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  1. Marcius E. Chester

    August 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Serena Williams is a good tennis and probably will go down in history as one of the greatest female players that played the game.
    But she has other problems, she makes wrong choices in alot of things.
    She really needs to grow up and start thinking.
    Know wonder she can’t keep a man.
    If she started being more of a woman with,
    CLASS, HONOR, RESPECT, DIGNITY, INTEGRITY, VALUES, MORALS, CHARACTER,
    LOVE FOR HERSELF and not into the thug lifestyle she would be taken more seriously.
    Dress with some class and stop wearing tight dress that shows off your behind.
    Instead wear something that leaves the imagination wondering.
    Showing off all of your goods only brings the wrong people into your life instead of the right ones.
    She says that she’s not able to find love, well everyone can see why.
    IF you love yourself and want someone to love you for what you have inside of your mind, heart, soul and not your behind, do something about it.
    And leave the fake hair alone, start wearing the hair that you were born with.
    It looks better.
    You will see what will happens when you do this.
    No decent man wants to be with a woman that goes around showing off everything for everyone to see and acting like someone else.
    Serena you are 30 years old think about what I said above and put it into use.
    And you will see the difference in your life.
    GOD BLESS & TAKE CARE.

    • razzandjazzsports

      August 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      GREAT comment Marcius!

      • Marcius E. Chester

        January 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        Thank you razzandjazzsports. She is not the only women like this. I come across a lot of women just like Serena who have an attitude problem. And then they wonder why they can’t find a good man. Stop looking in all the wrong places clubs, bars etc. Get rid of the attitude and you just might find a good man that wants what you have inside.
        (Your Heart).
        Marcius E. Chester
        Van Nuys, CA

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