Rolling Stone magazine reported that Serena, currently the No. 1 tennis player in the world, expressed little sympathy when she heard about the Steubenville case centering around a 16-year-old who was raped by two football players.
“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,” Serena reportedly told Rolling Stone.
Serena reportedly went on to question why the 16-year-old was so drunk and whether or not sex was on the agenda.
“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,” the quote reads.
According to Serena, if she uttered those words, it wasn’t her intent to cast doubt on the teenager’s character.
“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,” Serena expressed in a statement.
“In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.”
Serena is planning to put actions behind her words by contacting the family of the victim.
“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.”