Serena Williams apologizes for remarks on Steubenville victim

By Evan Hilbert |

Serena Williams apologized for her controversial comments made to Rolling Stone about a 16-year-old Steubenville (Ohio) rape victim.

Williams expressed remorse and regret in a statement on her website and said she plans on getting in touch with the victim.

"I am currently reaching out to the girl's family to let her know that I'm 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."

Below are her thoughts on the victim, as told to Stephen Rodrick, author of the piece.

"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."

Two high school football players were convicted of rape in the case and sentenced to at least a year in a juvenile detention center in March.

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