*Yeah Serena Williams is from the hood, and she was sure to let the whole world know when she took a moment to reference the hood with a little Crip Walk after winning an Olympic gold medal.

Snoop Dogg definitely noticed and saluted the champion tennis player with a “Go Girl.”

His praise came just in time because she was hotly criticized for representing a “gangster lifestyle” at the prestigious international games.

Fox Sports (of course) columnist, Jason Whitlock, wrote a scathing item bashing the culturally aware tennis star for her antics.

“Serena deserved to be criticized and she should have immediately apologized,” Whitlock wrote. “Wimbledon isn’t a place to break out a dance popularized by California Crip gang members. She knows it. That’s why she got embarrassed when asked by reporters to reveal the name of the dance.”

Serena’s from Compton, Calif., a place where the C-Walk reigned supreme at one point. When reporters asked her the name of the dance, she responded, “Actually, there is a name,” Williams told a throng of reporters. “But I don’t know if it’s appropriate. It’s just a dance we do in California.”

But she isn’t the first one to represent hard in the paint with a lil’ gangsta jig; NBA player Brent Barry did the same during the 2003 NBA All-Star 3-point contest.

Don’t think anyone wrote a column about him? Maybe because he’s a white boy?! Hmm, ya think?

See Serena and Brent C-Walkin’ below: