Jun 8, 2013; Paris, France; Serena Williams (USA) celebrates after recording match point against Maria Sharapova (RUS) on day 14 of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams Apologizes For Steubenville Rape Comments


It was reported earlier that tennis star Serena Williams made some unfortunate comments regarding the Steubenville rape case in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine where she placed some blame on the victim, but she has thankfully apologized for those comments.

Here is Williams’ full apology from her official website, via Sports Illustrated:

“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved — that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.

I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields — anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.”

Williams’ case is just another instance of athletes poking their heads in the wrong business.

In today’s world, we often ask far too much about athletes  and ask their opinion on things that are completely out of their zone. Williams fell in to the trap and made comments that she wishes she could take back.

Unfortunately, it is too late for that, but her apology is appropriate.

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  • arth65456

    Great apology by Serena, but her comments prior to that were out of line. I mean she said she fights for women’s equality and then says well, she asked for it. I’m not a fan of Serena on the court just because i feel she never gives credit to the opponent when she rarely loses and her on-court antics. So, its tough for me to like what she said there