Serena Williams Says She's "Deeply Sorry For What Was Written"

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Serena Williams said some regrettable things about the Steubenville rape case to Rolling Stone's Stephen Rodrick, and today she's released a statement apologizing, sort of.


She makes clear that she does not blame the 16-year-old victim, and that she's "deeply sorry" for "what was written." Serena isn't that great at apologies. Her statement:

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.

[Rolling Stone]

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