Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian is showing his support during the US Open in an unconventional way. The Reddit c0-creator, 36, wore a DARE t-shirt during Serena’s match against Maria Sharapova, who was banned in 2016 after testing positive for restricted drugs.
Alexis sat on the sidelines on August 26, as he supported the Grand Slam title record holder, 37, at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, and sported the questionable shirt.
D.A.R.E., which is an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, a program that “envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors,” according to the organization’s website.
On March 7, 2016, Maria, 32, announced that she tested positive for Meldonium, a recently banned performance enhancing drug at the Australian Open. She was the world’s highest-paid female athlete at that point. She claimed the drug she used was for medical purposes and didn’t know it was part of the restricted substance list. Originally slated to serve a two-year ban, she served only 15 months.
The D.A.R.E. shirt left fans divided on whether or not Alexis wore it to slam Maria. Some fans called the shirt “petty” and “disrespectful.” One offended follower tweeted, “Serena's husband is truly appalling. Can't stand that guy.”
Another commented, “LOL now that is a supportive husband.” “Alexis Ohanian showing up to the match between Serena & Maria Sharapova in a D.A.R.E t shirt is the type of solidarity in pettiness I need from my partner,” one US Open fan tweeted.
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