After the much anticipated and not-surprising backlash following the alleged statements made by Serena Williams about the Steubenville rape case, she has released a statement apologizing for her remarks:
“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.”
Serena seems to allude that she may not have made those remarks. It will be interesting to see if the writer for Rolling Stone or if Rolling Stone magazine will respond to her statement.
Serena is on a roll. Still on a high from her win at the French Open and now headed to Wimbledon, she didn’t need this kind of negative publicity. Some may think this good “PR” and that she’s now trying to backtrack, and that may be true.
The most powerful two words for celebrities sometimes isn’t ‘I’m sorry’. It’s, ‘No comment.’
What do you think?
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