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Serena Williams Apologizes To Sharapova For Hurtful Comments

Serena Williams

Tennis star Serena Williams has founds herself in hot water after an article was published last week that had her making negative comments about Maria Sharapova’s life. Williams says she spoke to Sharapova and has already apologized for the things she said in the article, seen as a shot right at her.

“She was inadvertently brought into the situation by assumptions made by the reporter,” Williams said Sunday in London during her pre-Wimbledon news conference. “I personally talked to Maria at the player party, incidentally. I said, ‘Look, I want to personally apologize to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to just pour myself, be open, say I’m very sorry for this whole situation.’ ”

In the Rolling Stone article, which was posted online Tuesday, has Williams talking about how the victim of the Steubenville rape case “shouldn’t have put herself in that position,” and also touched on “a top-five player who is now in love.” Williams is quoted as saying: “She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’ — it’s so boring. She’s still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it.”

When asked about Williams comments, Sharapova said “At the end of the day, we have a tremendous amount of respect for what we do on the court. I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that’s just getting attention and controversy.”

“If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids,” Sharapova continued. “Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things. She has so much in her life, many positives, and I think that’s what it should be about.”

Williams and her pr team are already hard at work cleaning up her image, releasing a statement a day after the Rolling Stone story was posted online that said she was “reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written,” regarding the Steubenville rape victim.

Williams’ statement continued: “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.”

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