Serena Williams was so overjoyed after defeating Maria Sharapova in the Olympic singles and winning the gold that she broke into a Crip Walk dance.

"It was just me. I love to dance," Williams told reporters who inquired about her Crip Walk. "I didn't know what else to do. I was so happy, and next thing I know I started dancing and moving. I didn't plan it. It just happened."

When one naive reporter asked what the name of the dance could be -- "The Wimbledon?" or "The Serena?" -- Williams said, "Actually, there is a name. But I don't know if I -- it's inappropriate. It's just a dance we do in California."

"For the uninitiated, the Crip Walk is a funky little hip-hop dance move made famous by Crip gang members in Compton in the 1970s," wrote Fox Sports' Reid Forgrave, who went on to criticize Williams:

And there was Serena — the tennis legend, the winner of 14 individual Grand Slams, the best player of her generation, the American girl being crowned at the All-England Club as the queen of tennis — Crip-Walking all over the most lily-white place in the world.

She didn’t do it on purpose. It was a moment of unbridled joy. She pumped her fist, jumped up and down, looked into the crowd, then did her ill-timed dance.

You couldn’t help but shake your head. It was as if Serena just couldn’t seem to avoid dipping into waters of controversy even as she’d ascended to the top of her sport.

Another Fox Sports reporter, Jason Whitlock, downplayed the so-called controversy, saying: "What Serena did was akin to cracking a tasteless, X-rated joke inside a church... Serena deserved to be called out. What she did was immature and classless. She made a mistake, something we all do."

Others took to defending the tennis champ.

Washington Post reporter Clinton Yates asked "Where was all the outrage when “You Got Served” — a movie that prominently featured a C-Walking dance battle — came out? Is the C-Walk suddenly more taboo as a dance because it happened on the Olympic stage rather than in a second-rate movie?"

Chris Chase of Yahoo! Sports wants everyone to relax. "This makes it seem like Serena crip-walked away from the Queen after stealing the crown jewels," he wrote. "She broke out the dance for three seconds, while looking at her sister sitting in the player's box! It's a dance move, not a political statement."

Even California rapper Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), who helped popularize the move, gave the 30-year-old a shout-out, tweeting:

The Crip Walk might just be a dance but its affiliation with the California gang has forced some schools to ban it.

In 2002, Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles prohibited the dance, with administrators saying that it "glamorizes gang life," according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Teenagers know the gang started the Crip walk a decade ago, but say it will cause a fight only if performed in the wrong neighborhood and while flashing gang hand signs," wrote Los Angeles Times reporter Erika Hayasaki. "They dance it for fun and consider it a badge of honor to master its complicated moves like the rap stars who popularized it."

Still, Williams remains unfazed by any controversy her dance might have caused.

"I dont' care. That's the least of my worries . . . I'm so excited I was able to do the dance. I'm glad I did it!" she told Us Weekly on Monday.

Celebratory dances are commonplace in sports, especially after pivotal Olympic wins. Mo Farah did his signature "Mobot" move after winning gold in the 10,000-meter race Saturday night. The U.S. women's soccer team also broke it down after beating North Korea, with Hope Solo and Christie Rampone doing the worm.

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    US Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams celebrate on the podium after receiving their gold medal for winning the London 2012 Olympic Games women's doubles tennis tournament, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US Serena Williams (L) and Venus William

    US Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams celebrate on the podium after receiving their gold medal for winning the London 2012 Olympic Games women's doubles tennis tournament, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US Serena Williams (L) and Venus William

    US Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams celebrate on the podium after receiving their gold medal for winning the London 2012 Olympic Games women's doubles tennis tournament, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Gold medalists Serena Williams of the United States and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women's Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Gold medalists Serena Williams of the United States and Venus Williams of the United States (C), silver medalists Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic and Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic (L) and bronze medalists Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Nadia Petrova of Russia during the medal ceremony for the Women's Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Tennis

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Gold medalists Serena Williams of the United States and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on the popdium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Serena Williams (R) and Venus Williams (L) of the United States celebrate after defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic in the Women's Doubles Tennis gold medal match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Tennis

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States shake hands with Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic after defeating them in their Women's Doubles Tennis gold medal match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Tennis

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Serena Williams (R) and Venus Williams (L) of the United States celebrate after defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic in the Women's Doubles Tennis gold medal match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Serena Williams of the United States serves the ball to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic during the Women's Doubles Tennis gold medal match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • United States' Serena Williams, left, celebrates with partner Venus Williams, right, after defeating Czech Republic's Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova in a women's doubles gold medal tennis match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • United States' Serena Williams reacts during her women's singles gold medal match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Williams defeated Sharapova, winning the gold medal.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • United States' Serena Williams returns a shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles gold medal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Gold medalist United States' Serena Williams pose during the podium ceremony of the women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • From left, silver medalist Maria Sharapova of Russia, gold medalist Serena Williams of the United States and bronze medalist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus stand on the podium during the medal ceremony of the women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)