Jul 11, 2016

    Williams slams shootings in Dallas


    SERENA Williams said she was saddened by the gun violence and deteriorating race relations in the United States, admitting she fears for the safety of her own family in the current volatile climate.

    The 34-year-old tennis star lifted a seventh Wimbledon title and record-equalling 22nd major on Saturday, before addressing her country's turbulent week.

    Five police officers were shot dead by a black extremist in Dallas, Texas, during a march to protest against police brutality.

    "I've nephews that I'm thinking, Do I have to call them and tell them, Don't go outside. If you get in your car, it might be the last time I see you," said Williams at the All England Club.

    "That is something that I think is of great concern because it will be devastating. They're very good kids."

    She added: "I don't think that the answer is to continue to shoot our young black people.

    "The shootings in Dallas were very sad.

    "No one deserves to lose their life, doesn't matter what colour they are, where they're from."

    Gun violence has personally touched Williams and her family in the past.

    In 2003, her elder half-sister was killed in a drive-by shooting in Compton, Los Angeles where Williams grew up.

    On Friday, NBA star Carmelo Anthony also urged athletes to "step up" and "demand change".

    The New York Knicks forward who could win an unprecedented third men's Olympic basketball gold medal in Rio, posted a message on social media.

    It called for athletes to help change a system that he described as "Broken. Point blank period".