Boxing Champion Claressa Shields Disappointed by Sports Star Serena Williams
Shields used to be a fan of Williams’ but then met her in person and was disappointed because she wasn’t what she thought she’d be.
It is disappointing when some famous person you maybe looked up to or assumed to be a caring, moral person in real-life turns out to be rude, arrogant, abusive, or cruel.
By Andrew McMurty
September 28, 2018
Boxing champion Claressa Shields has slammed tennis legend Serena Williams, revealing why it’s not always a good idea to meet your idols.
The 23-year-old WBA and IBF female middleweight and super middleweight world champion said Williams used to be her idol, until they met at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
She told the Detroit Free Press she was upset after meeting her childhood hero.
“Well, one used to be Serena Williams,” Shields said. “She used to be. I was able to meet Serena at the 2016 Olympics. She was just not nice. For me to look up to her like I did when I was a kid and then meet her in person and see how she’s not fan-friendly, (that was upsetting).”
… “She was kind of mean to a lot of people at the Olympics and just kind of made me not want to be like her,” Shields said. “Because I’m different. I’m a fan of her being a great athlete, just not a fan of her as a person, if that makes sense?”
Sept 25, 2018
by Brandon Folsom
Serena Williams’ outburst toward an umpire during the the U.S. Open women’s final this month was far from an admirable moment for the all-time great.
Flint boxer Claressa Shields stopped looking up to Williams long before that.
During a teleconference on Tuesday for the announcement of her next championship fight, Shields was asked who her role models are in the sports world. She was bummed while telling the story about meeting her childhood idol.
“Well, one used to be Serena Williams,” Shields, 23, said. “She used to be. I was able to meet Serena at the 2016 Olympics. She was just not nice.
“For me to look up to her like I did when I was a kid and then meet her in person and see how she’s not fan-friendly, (that was upsetting).”