Serena Williams is playing in her last tennis tournament at the U.S. Open, and her sister Venus is expected to retire soon after. The Williams sisters have dominated women’s tennis for the past 20 years. Their father, Richard Dove Williams, Jr., gave them tough and innovative training.
Richard Williams used to go to all of his daughters’ games, but now he doesn’t. He is still alive, but his children’s posts on social media show that the 80-year-old Williams looks weak and sick.
Richard Williams Health Update
At first, news stories said that Richard Williams had one stroke. But Richard’s lawyers showed in court documents that he had two strokes in 2016.
Williams took his wife, Lakeisha Williams, to court because he thought she forged his signature to give her his Florida home. Lakeisha borrowed money against the property, which she used to start a business that didn’t do well.
Court records showed that Lakeisha had forged Richard’s signature before selling his Bluebird Wanderlodge Motor Coach. She bought food for herself and Dylan, their son, with the money.
Lakeisha said, “My husband was the main reason I was broke. He didn’t help me.” My son and I weren’t getting any money, so I had to sell it so we could both eat. We had nothing.”
Monica Walker, Williams’ doctor, was asked by his lawyers to testify about his health. Monica said that Williams’ brain tissue had been hurt by the stroke, which was the cause of his memory loss and dementia. Walker said:
“You are no longer having trouble making words. But you still haven’t gotten over what is called dementia. You can no longer do things like write checks, pay bills, and keep records for your household business. All of this is related to cerebrovascular disease and stroke.”
Richard’s power of attorney is held by his son, Chavoita LeSane. In court documents, it says that Chavoita understands what Williams says and what he wants. The court filing says, “Mr. LeSane’s familiarity with the Plaintiff’s speech has been a crucial help in attorney-client communication, like having an interpreter.”
Williams’s kids post pictures of their father on social media. In November 2021, Serena posted a video of Richard praising his granddaughter’s progress at cycling. “Seeing the one and only G.O.A.T. still inspiring is a rare event,” Serana wrote.
Richard’s Daughter Sabrina Claims That Richard is Already Dead in Her Head
Richard Williams has a few children from other marriages and relationships who are not as well known. Before he married Venus and Serena’s mother, Oracene “Brandy” Price, he had five kids with his ex-wife Betty Johnson: Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka.
Chavoita, Williams’s son and caretaker, is from a relationship he had with someone other than his wife. Dylan is Robert’s youngest son. He was born after he married Lakeisha Juanita Graham.
Except for Sabrina, Robert’s other children who are not famous are rarely in the news. Sabrina has talked to the media a lot, and she recently said that Richard is lying about being sick.
She said that Lakeisha Graham was lying because she said that she and Richard had started dating again. In March 2022, Lakeisha asked a Florida judge to stop the divorce proceedings between her and her husband. Sara Lawrence, Lakeisha’s lawyer, sent in the following:
“The wife thinks that the couple has gotten back together and is living an active married life, including having sexual relations every week, including, but not limited to, the night before this motion was filed on January 9, 2022.”
“Well, it seems like sex weekly! Wow, I’m laughing!” Sabrina said, per Radar Online. She questioned King Richard’s supposed health problems by saying that he drove himself to Chavoita’s house at the end of March 2022.
“Wow, that doesn’t sound like someone who has had two strokes,” Sabrina said. Come on, he doesn’t even have dementia. I can’t play any more like that. He should stop playing so much.”
Sabrina had been angry at Richard before, telling him off for leaving her mother to take care of four kids and an eight-month-old. “How can a baby be left?” Sabrina told The Sun during a talk with them. Sabrina told the outlet that she doesn’t care about Richard Williams anymore:
“I don’t think I’ll be able to see him again. Because I can’t go to my dad’s funeral, I’ve even buried him in my head. That won’t be an option, because they won’t let me do it and they won’t even tell me. I’ll read about it in the news or ask a friend.”