Serena Williams uses her actions on the court to speak for her accomplishments, but sometimes we flex out of our natural element even if not on purpose.
That’s what happened with the championship tennis player awhile back. After receiving her first million-dollar paycheck, she simply thought that she could deposit it into an automated teller machine at her bank’s drive-through.
During an interview with LeBron James’ media company for a personal-finance video series called Kneading Dough, Williams described how she didn’t touch the money from her first $1 million check.
“I just put it in the bank and I just remember I went through the drive-through to deposit my check,” Williams said. “They were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this.’ So I ended up going inside.”
Oops. Williams then explained that her tennis career was never about money and how making money wasn’t a concern early on.
“I’ve actually never played for money. I thought you would just go out there and you would hold a trophy. Not once did I think about a check,” the mother-to-be said. “At the end of the year, the tournament directors would literally hand me the check because I would never go get it. I just played for the love of the sport.”
Listen to the full Uninterrupted interview with Serena Williams below.
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