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UPDATE: Serena Williams Sorry After Rape Case Comments

STEUBENVILLE -- Serena Williams says she's reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying "she shouldn't have put herself in that position."

In a statement released through her agent Wednesday, Williams says: "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."

The comment was made in one paragraph of a lengthy story posted online Tuesday about Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam title winner who is ranked No. 1 heading into Wimbledon, which starts next week.

Two players from the Steubenville, Ohio, high school football team were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl.



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Serena Williams Criticized for Steubenville Rape Comments

LONDON -- Serena Williams, 16-time Grand Slam title winner, is taking heat over comments she made to Rolling Stone magazine about the Steubenville rape case.

The tennis star she that while she doesn't blame the victim, "she shouldn't have put herself in that position."

According to the Rolling Stone story, Williams says the perpetrators of the crime "did something stupid," and she asks: "Do you think it was fair, what they got?"

She adds, "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."

And Williams also is quoted as saying: "... she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."

Williams' comments caused backlash Tuesday on social media, USA Today reports.


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