As a world-renowned sports mogul, holding a record-breaking number of Grand Slam titles, four Olympic gold medals, and listed as one of Forbes’ 100 highest-paid athletes, there’s just no stopping the Queen of Tennis Serena Williams.
Not even with the periodical “random” drug tests that she’s conveniently subjected to, which she revealed on Twitter. Serena voiced on Tuesday (July 24) that she’s been singled out for the tests, especially when taking into consideration existing evidence that proves she’s the only one being selected for them among her tennis counterparts. She isn’t letting the biases kill her spirits, but Momma Smash is fully aware of what’s going on.
And so is Common, Chicago emcee and former flame of Serena’s, who agrees that there’s only one reason behind such choosy drug-testing procedures.
“First of all she’s one of the greatest athletes ever, and definitely the greatest tennis player,” he shared with TMZ Sports. “And as a black woman, do you think she’s getting discriminated against? Yes.” The Chi Town-native reiterated Serena’s point that she’s being singled out among other players regardless of whether it’s a subconscious act or not. He believes it’s the former.
“it’s the fact that she’s a Black woman, and they’re looking for some reason to take her down or discredit her,” he continued. “But she’s the queen. She’s one of the greatest figures in sports ever— and leaders. She’s an incredible human being, so I don’t know why they would want to bring her down. She’s done so much for the sport.”
According to him, there’s a definite prejudice. Just take a look at the current racial climate of the country we live, and the prejudices aimed toward Black and Brown people every day, he said. He didn’t want to slide around on his soapbox too much, so he cut the conversation short and skidded away in his SUV after sharing his thoughts with the reporters.
But the two minutes or so that he did expound on the subject matter are definitely worth a huge round of applause. Listen to his praiseworthy sentiments backing Serena’s statements in the video below.
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