Serena Williams is sorry. Er, sort of. Less than 24 hours after Rolling Stone published a new profile on the tennis champion that included some very, very controversial quotes on the Steubenville rape case, Serena has issued a half-assed apology through a statement posted to her website. And although it doesn't sound like the most contrite apology ever—she plays the "I may have been misquoted!" card in her statement—it's good to hear that she plans on reaching out to the Steubenville rape victim directly to apologize for what she said in RS.
"What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me," she says in the statement. "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."
If you haven't read it yet, you can check out the entire Rolling Stone piece on Serena over here. You buying her weak apology?
[via USA Today]