Serena Williams' Ex-Coach Slams O.J. Simpson After His Death

Exploring themes of empowerment and resilience in sports

by Nouman Rasool
Serena Williams' Ex-Coach Slams O.J. Simpson After His Death
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Rennae Stubbs, former coach to tennis legend Serena Williams, publicly reacted to the death of O.J. Simpson, the controversial former NFL star, who passed away on Thursday, April 11, due to prostate cancer. Stubbs, a notable figure in tennis and outspoken advocate for women's rights, expressed her disdain for Simpson, whom she encountered years earlier in a Miami club.

O.J. Simpson, who gained fame as a running back for the Buffalo Bills during his 11-year career, broke several racial barriers and became one of the most celebrated athletes in America. His success extended beyond the football field into movies, television, and lucrative advertising deals.

However, his image and legacy plummeted after he was accused of the knife slaying of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. The case, which was broadcast live, captivated the nation, ending with his acquittal in 1995.

Despite the not guilty verdict, a civil court later found him liable for the deaths, fining him $33.5 million. Stubbs shared her unsettling experience with Simpson via a post on X (formerly Twitter), recalling how she felt nauseated when Simpson casually walked past her in the club, seemingly unbothered by the public's mixed perceptions.

"I kid u not, I almost! He was a gross abuser of women & a killer! Rot in hell OJ," Stubbs expressed.

Empowerment in Sports

Throughout her coaching career, Stubbs has been a vocal supporter of women's empowerment, themes she shared with Williams.

Their advocacy often focuses on equal opportunity and body positivity within the realm of sports and beyond. This perspective aligns closely with Serena Williams' own views on the duality of strength and femininity, famously encapsulated during a press conference at the 2014 Miami Open.

When questioned about being perceived as "pretty" or "tough," Williams did not shy away from embracing both attributes, reinforcing the notion that women can embody strength while retaining their femininity. Williams' remarks resonate as a beacon for female athletes and women in all spheres who strive to break stereotypes and champion both their strength and s--------.

"There is nothing wrong with being strong and beating up on the boys," Williams remarked with a smile, shortly before securing her seventh Miami Open title, highlighting her continued dominance in tennis and her role as a powerful voice for women everywhere.

In this spirit, the reactions to Simpson’s death from figures like Stubbs underscore ongoing dialogues about legacy, accountability, and the complex interplay of personal and public lives, especially for those in the limelight.

As the world reflects on Simpson's tumultuous history, the voices of those like Rennae Stubbs serve as poignant reminders of the lasting impacts of one's actions beyond the public eye.

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