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Most recently, ESPN Magazine took a poll of the ‘world’s top athletes’ in the eight sport’s leagues to find out who the public believes to have the best bodies. Coming in with 43 percent of the female votes, Serena Williams takes yet another title, but this time for having the best and strongest body. Pro-tennis player, Williams, age 35, wins the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title for 2017. While things are looking up for Serena Williams, Venus Williams is taking another path.
Older sister of the two, winning seven Grand Slam titles, has been blamed for a car accident that took the life of 78-year-old Jerome Barson. Venus is blamed for failing to yield-the-right-of way as she crossed into a Florida four way intersection, at approximately 5mph, reports state. Venus’ attorney stated that his client was not cited and was not found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. This scenario is likely leading to Williams not being criminally charged for the accident. Barson’s wife (the driver at the time of the accident) is taking a different approach and filing a lawsuit for wrongful death, believing that, star, Venus Williams was negligent and caused the death of Mr. Barson.
At an interview in Wimbledon, where Venus was preparing to compete, she broke down in tears after being asked about the accident and stated that “this is devastating…I am speechless.” Venus chose not to speak at any more interviews following and has not disclosed any other information, except for her condolences which she publically announced on Facebook. Venus wrote: “I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”
Venus’ attorney revealed information that may prove Venus’ innocence. It has been reported that she entered into the intersection on a green light. As more information on the accident opens, the lawsuit by the Barson family continues, and Venus continues to compete for a title. Venus has taken matters into her own hands by filing an emergency court order against the Barson family. Williams has beat the first court case involving the death of Mr. Barson, and now has a protective court order that was filed and granted on July 5, 2017. This order is to prevent the family from harassing her, releasing sensitive and confidential information, or making unreasonable subpoenas and discovery requests.
At this time, Venus has yet to respond to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Barson family on June 30, 2017