‘I’m definitely offended’ – Serena Williams’ sister Venus Williams once felt humiliated by a ‘bad joke’ from ‘big fella’ Shaquille O’Neal

The American tennis star Venus Williams is one of the most successful tennis players in the USA. Over the years, the 42-year-old has earned a lot of respect for her dedication and achievements. The legendary tennis player was out of action for a long time. She returned to action earlier this year with a doubles appearance at the Wimbledon Championships.

While Venus is usually a fun-loving person, an incident that later turned out to be a joke seriously offended the tennis star. Here’s what happened.

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The controversy between Shaquille O’Neal and Venus Williams

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal once claimed to have implicated Venus Williams in his interaction with the Los Angeles radio station. O’Neal had claimed he was physically involved with Williams. He later dismissed it as a joke. However, things weren’t going well for the tennis star, who came up with a strongly worded response.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny that I have ever had a sexual relationship with Shaquille O’Neal. I don’t even know him. I only met Shaquille once a few years ago while attending an LA Lakers game.”

“If Shaquille made the statement as a joke, it was very distasteful and I’m definitely offended. I think that he should judge better in the future, especially when it comes to his own reputation.” Venus said.

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O’Neal later apologized.

“Those who know me know I’m a comedian. The guys who were in the studio with me knew I was laughing but I don’t think they took it as a joke and I apologize.” he said.

The US Open had a perfect dressing room surprise for the Williams sisters

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While Serena Williams has announced her retirement, older sister Venus is yet to come. However, many believe it could be the last US Open for both sisters. Both Serena and Venus have numerous memories of Flushing Meadows.

To pay tribute to the legendary sister duo the US Open The organizers planned a perfect surprise for her. They decorated their dressing room with pictures detailing the Williams sisters’ tennis journey. They also had lovely gifts for the two sisters and Serena Williams’ 4-year-old daughter.

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Venus is ready to start her US Open campaign on Tuesday.

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