'They’re stealing your DNA’: Twitterati react to Serena Williams 'frequent tests' claim
After Serena Williams complained about the frequency of anti-doping tests, comments have flooded social media with some internet users even suggesting that doping officers are trying to steal the prominent US tennis player’s DNA.
On Tuesday, the 23-time Grand Slam winner published an emotional post on Twitter criticising the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for subjecting her to constant doping tests which she has regularly faced since returning from maternity leave.
“Discrimination? I think so,” the US tennis star wrote, before adding: “At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean.”
...and it’s that time of the day to get “randomly” drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) 25 июля 2018 г.
One of the follower meanwhile explained the frequent tests by an attempt to create “a future nation of tennis pros.”
“Maybe in secret they're stealing your dna for a future nation of tennis pros?” a user nicknamed Tenzin commented on Williams’ Twitter post.
Maybe in secret they're stealing your dna for a future nation of tennis pros?— Tenzin (@yakuzaamdo) 25 июля 2018 г.
“I literally thought of that!!!” the tennis star replied.
I literally thought of that!!!— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) 25 июля 2018 г.
“It's because she worn [sic] a grand slam while pregnant and made it to a grand slam final 10 months after having a difficult delivery. No one else has done that so they think she's on something,” another user wrote sharing the view that the legendary player is the victim of discrimination.
It's because she worn a grand slam while pregnant and made it to a grand slam final 10 months after having a difficult delivery. No one else has done that so they think she's on something. Let them test her, it only proves her greatness.— Mystery lover (@Bennie1717) 25 июля 2018 г.
Some people who left comments on William’s Twitter page claimed she exaggerated the story, insisting that all the world leading athletes should be tested more frequently than their less decorated counterparts.
“Roger Federer gets drug tested more than anybody and you don’t hear him complaining,” another user wrote.
“I heard Lance Armstrong say the exact same thing 100s of times,” another follower commented referring to one of the biggest doping rows in sports history which saw the multiple Tour de France winner Armstrong being stripped of all his titles after his doping violations had surfaced.