Serena Williams was so happy at winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games this month she broke into a dance. At first, people paid little attention to the tennis star's well deserved two-step — after defeating Maria Sharapova for her first singles gold medal — until they found it it was called the "Crip Walk" dance.
There was a huge uproar after it was discovered Williams' five-second victory shuffle was made famous by Crip gang members back in the 1970's and the little hip-hop dance was considered a salute to violent gang culture.
Williams says her spur of the moment celebration was just something that happened and had nothing to do with gangs.
"It was me. I love to dance," Williams told reporters who asked her about the moves. "I didn't know what else to do. I was so happy, and the next thing I know I started dancing and moving. I didn't plan it. It just happened."
Now tennis fans are wondering. Will she do the Crip Walk dance at the U.S. Open? The 14-time grand slam winner isn't sure and claims she has nothing planned for next month's tournament in Flushing, N.Y..
"I have to win seven matches, so we'll see," she said at a Taste of Tennis charity event.
Williams says she is still enjoying her Olympics win. Planning a funky little victory dance is probably the last thing on her mind right now.
It's hard to believe the dance created such a firestorm, but she must have done it pretty good to get a thumbs up (gang sign?) from Snoop Dog.