Venus And Serena Williams' Sister Has Big Issues With 'King Richard'
This weekend, Will Smith’s Oscar-nominated performance in the Best Picture nominated movie, King Richard seems to be the favorite to take home some gold. The film is about tennis sensations Venus and Serena’s dad, Richard Williams, who worked tirelessly to ensure his two girls reach the top of the sports world:
But the real Richard Williams has more children than just those two girls. Like, “a whole other family” more. Before he met the tennis stars’ mother and began his second family, Richard had a first, and Sabrina Williams — Venus and Serena’s half-sister — says the biopic conveniently left out how she, her siblings, and their mother were abandoned by their dad. Now usually we’d try and make some joke here about ‘King of the deadbeats’ or something, but if these claims are true then, just, yikes man.
Sabrina, who was just 8-years-old at the time Richard walked out on them, claims he pulled a classic “Gonna go get you a bike!” move before never being seen again. At least until they saw him on the TV with his daughters, we guess. Oh, and Sabrina also claims he ditched them while her mother was struggling with cancer because when some stories turn bad, they turn really, really bad.
“I don’t think it should have taken up the whole movie, but, to give the movie some more credibility, at least reference it, as he left us when he was a grown man. I get it, every movie is slightly economical with the truth, but because it’s Venus and Serena, nobody is going to put anything bad about them, or make it seem like they were part of something bad. Truth be told, those girls rose to the top while his other children had to suffer because of the choices my dad made, we were raised in poverty after he left.”
Everyone has a story, and there are two sides and all that, but abandoning your kids is just never a good look.
But hey, Will Smith sure acted the hell out of this character.
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