“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”
Williams issued an apology soon thereafter, however, her initial apology seemed to cast blame on the writer instead of taking responsibility. On Monday, Williams released a second and more heartfelt apology on her website. This time she took full responsibility for her comments and seemed much more sincere.
“I am deeply sorry for my insensitive and misinformed comments. It was not my intention to cause the victim and her family any additional pain. But I did, and I am sorry. I am grateful to them for the opportunity to personally apologize, and I am humbled by their strength, grace, and forgiveness.
“I also want to extend an apology to the millions of sexual assault victims in America whose pain could have been compounded by my inappropriate remarks. Rape and all forms of sexual assault are completely unacceptable, no matter the circumstances. Sexual assault perpetrated against women and men is never acceptable and *never* the fault of the victim.”
Williams' comments about the rape victim isn't the only thing that has got her into trouble lately, though. The feud between Williams and rival Maria Sharapova rose to another level this week after the former took to the media and slammed the Russian's personal life.
The two could very well meet each other in the Wimbledon Final if all goes as expected.
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