Serena Williams comments on rape case in interview


Serena Williams, of the U.S, returns the ball to Russia’s Maria Sharapova during the Women’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Paris. Williams won 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Serena Williams says in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine that, while not blaming the victim in the Steubenville rape case, “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

The comment is 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 celebrated Steubenville, Ohio, high school football team were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl; one of the boys was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the girl naked. The case gained widespread attention in part because of the callousness with which other students used social media to gossip about it.

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 is in England preparing for Wimbledon.

Her agent, who also is in England, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday night.

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  • maysayako

    palibhasa mukhanmg gorilla na ubod ng pangit itong si serena at kahit unggoy e di siya gustong reypin!

  • Maongoloid

    Whatever position the victim puts herself into, no one should ever violate her.

    • ThisGuy

      Given, but for her to be in said position in the first place, her parents (or even she) should also be held accountable.

      • panhase

        It is so easy to blame the victim but is this fair? She is accountable because she trusted other persons? Trust is now a crime?
        And when she was drunk she was a helpless person. Raping a helpless person, well on cannot go much lower. If somebody calls this guys pigs then it is an insult to the pigs.

      • ThisGuy

        Being held in account of her own actions? Yes. But of course, rape is still rape. Those two issues should never be discussed together in a single statement in court.

      • panhase

        But this is exactly what happened here. The girl was raped by two guys and she is the victim here but she is partly blamed for the crime.

      • ThisGuy

        It’s exactly what I’m saying, hurry up with your point.

      • panhase

        Comprehension problems?


      You are correct. Any other view is in fact an attempt to justify rape!

  • darsmith

    It is obvious with her dumb statement that she should stick to playing tennis and not make public her views on issues.

    • nick

      she made sense. your just dumb and you didnt see it.


        You may think a rape victim can be responsible, because she was drunk, but that only goes to show what kind of person YOU are. Serena has retracted and in her own words: “what was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful”

        I agree with her retraction, and your attempt to put some blame on an innocent 16 year old is equally insensitive and in some ways even disturbing.

        Just because you call people ‘dumb’ does not mean they are, all it means is you lack the language skills to discuss issues intelligently.

      • darsmith

        the reaction by nick highlights my point, thanks.

    • ThisGuy

      Congratulations, you just won “G@yest post of the day” award.

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