Serena Williams’ Comments On Steubenville Rape Case Stir Controversy

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By: / June 19, 2013

Tennis star Serena Williams is catching heat, not because of any on-court antics, but for her candid comments on the Steubenville rape case.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 16-time Grand Slam champ tossed out her thoughts on the 16-year-old girl who was reportedly raped by two high school football players while she was drunk.

“Do you think it was fair, what they got?,” she said. “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.”

The two players were convicted in March on a rape charge while one was ordered to serve an additional year for allegedly taking a photo of the girl naked, according to ABC News. Williams’ controversial comments quickly caused a social media storm Tuesday (June 18), drawing sharp criticism from Twitter users.

While she has kept quiet on her own timeline, Williams is currently in London for Wimbledon, which kicks off Monday.

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