Yesterday, an excerpt from Serena Williams's interview with Rolling Stone was released, revealing her comments about the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case. The case made headlines after a YouTube video leaked in January of drunk Steubenville high school athletes joking about a girl who was raped by two football players. Serena told the Rolling Stone reporter, "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."
Her comments spread quickly across the Internet, and in the wake of the backlash, Serena Williams posted an apology on her website. To see what Serena had to say, just continue reading.
"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."