Serena Williams may know Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be voting for him.
In fact, she doesn’t intend to vote at all in the November presidential election.
“I don’t vote,” Williams told reporters who inquired about the presumptive Republican nominee after she advanced to the French Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina at the French Open. “It goes back to my religion.”
Williams, who is a Jehovah’s Witness, said she is “not involved at all” in politics. It may come as little surprise that she chooses to sit out this election, but she and Trump do have places in the same community, Palm Beach, Fla.
“Everyone in Palm Beach kind of knows each other,” Williams said.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Bible instructs them to remain politically neutral and that neutrality includes refraining from military service, seeking public office and pledging allegiance to a flag. “Although we do not take part in politics,” JW.org states, “we respect the authority of the governments under which we live.”
Here’s how sports figures line up so far:
- Team Trump boasts Lou Holtz, Bob Knight, Hulk Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Mike Tyson, Brian France, Digger Phelps, Gene Keady, John Rocker, Dennis Rodman, Shawn Merriman, John Daly and Dana White.
- Team Hillary Clinton has Kato June, Jason Collins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michelle Kwan, Abby Wambach and Billie Jean King.
- Team Bernie Sanders has Ronda Rousey and Michael Bennett.