Serena Williams Irritated By ‘Crip Walk’ Question

Todd Rigney - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 8:48 p.m. ET

Newsflash: Do not ask Serena Williams about the “Crip Walk.” During an interview before the start of the US Open tennis tournament, someone thought it would be a good idea to ask Serena about her infamous Olympic dance. Of course, Williams is a little tired of discussing such matters at this point, and wasn’t afraid to let her irritation show when she addressed the inquiry. According to Yard Barker, things quickly got awkward.

“First of all, it was just a dance,” she explained. “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.”

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Regarding the controversy which instantly took shape following her celebratory routine, Serena seems to be oblivious to what people think.

“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.”

WTHITV 10 reports that, when asked if she would dance at the US Open, Serena seemed to relax a bit. “I have to win seven matches, so we’ll see.”

If you didn’t follow any media coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, then you probably missed Serena Williams’ now-infamous “Crip Walk” dance. After beating Maria Sharapova, the tennis star decided to celebrate with a quick impromptu dance, one that was reportedly made famous by the Crips during the 70s. Some people had a problem with the display, and, before long, the controversy seemed to overshadow her Olympic victory.

Not surprisingly, Serena Williams isn’t interested in discussing the “Crip Walk” dance anymore. The interview has been embedded below.

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