Serena Williams Speaks Up In Support Of Caitlin Clark 

Serena Williams has spoken up in support of Caitlin Clark after the WNBA star has been criticized by both fans and fellow players.

Embed from Getty Images

Serena Williams has spoken out in support of Caitlin Clark, after the WNBA star has been excessively criticized online by both fans and fellow players. Williams spoke to reporters at the Tribeca film festival in New York while attending the premiere of “In The Arena: Serena Williams,” an eight-part documentary series. 

Williams stated that she was glad that Clark, star player for Indiana Fever, is staying away from social media and standing her ground in order to protect her peace. 

Clark was drafted number one overall by Indiana after leading a hugely impressive college career with Iowa. Throughout her rookie season, she has been subject to hard fouls, immense criticism, and was left off the USA roster for the Olympics. Williams herself has known just how harsh the public can be to successful female athletes, and wanted Clark to know she should be confident in her ability.

“If people are negative, it’s because they can’t do what you do.”

When Clark wasn’t chosen for the USA roster of the Olympics, many took online to spread racist, sexist, and homophobic comments claiming to be defending Clark, pushing a narrative that she agreed with those bigoted perspectives. 

“People should not be using my name to push those agendas. It’s disappointing. It’s not acceptable. Treating every single woman in this league with the same amount of respect, I think, it’s just a basic human thing that everybody should do,” Clark said last week according to the Guardian

Clark has stated publicly that she avoids social media. 

“Honestly, I feel like I talk to the media more than I get to talk to my own family, which is – No, I’m being dead serious – which is really kind of sad in a way. It’s a lot for somebody that’s 22 years old. It can be tough at times. Getting off social media, that’s been the healthiest thing.”

Williams also avoids social media, and that’s a major part of the documentary series that premiered recently. 

“I love that she tries to stay grounded. She says she doesn’t look at her social [media]. I get it. I don’t either. I think it’s so important to just continue to do what she’s doing. No matter what other people do. Hopefully she’ll continue to do what she’s doing,” Williams said. 

“I was bullied. Things that I had to go through, people would be canceled for saying now. My position in growing up, as a teenager, I kind of had to be guarded to kind of stay sane. Just [getting] so much press and doing everything I was doing and traveling the globe every year. It was every week. It was a grind,” she concluded. 

Embed from Getty Images