Nobody alive dominates sports like Serena Williams does women’s tennis. She’s a force to be reckoned with and now it seems like she is under some media scrutiny for recent comments regarding the Steubenville rape case.
In an elaborate sit-down with RollingStone, which touched on a myriad of topics including politics, food, sports, staying fit and her family, Williams and her interviewer Stephen Rodrick caught the flashing headline of the Steubenville High School rape, which occurred in Steubenville, Ohio, on the night of August 11, 2012.
Her first thoughts? The Tennis maven candidly remarked:
Do you think it was fair, what they [the rapists] 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.
After causing major upheaval in the past week, Williams issues a statement via her website. The statement largely insinuates that she never said what was written in RollingStone.
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.
It’s a very intricate response to not only make up, but also forget –– should this be the case. We’re hoping this is an occurence of terrible (and irresponsible) paraphrasing. But the question remains…