She’s the No. 1 female tennis player in the world, and she’s been dominating the women’s tour for years with her massive serve and her great determination to succeed, but now, Serena Williams, who is coming off her 16th Grand Slam title at the French Open, is speaking out about the Stuebenville, Ohio, rape case — and not everyone is pleased with what she’s saying.
In an interview with Rolling Stone’s Stephen Rodrick, Williams spoke about her life, her sister and tennis gossip. But more importantly, she made critical comments of the 16-year-old girl who was raped by two high school football players while others stood idly by and watched.
Here’s the excerpt of what Serena had to say about the Steubenville rape case:
We watch the news for a while, and the infamous Steubenville rape case flashes on the TV – two high school football players raped a drunk 16-year-old, while other students watched and texted details of the crime. Serena just shakes her head. “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.”
Williams has been the center of controversy before when she made outbursts during the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Open tennis tournament. But this situation is a wee bit different, and her comments have drawn the wrath of fans and foes alike. If anything, Serena should learn from the CNN’s fiasco surrounding the case when they appeared overly sympathetic to the two young men eventually convicted of the crime.
Sometimes Serena, you have to think before you speak.
You can read the full article on Rolling Stone.
RYOT NOTE: Whatever Serena says, rape can never be justified. And even if this girl was drunk, that doesn’t change a thing. We, for one, are stoked that the monsters who did this received jail time. Too bad they didn’t get more. V-Day is a global campaign that works to prevent violence towards women and girls, including rape. Click on the gray box along side this story to learn more, donate and Become the News!