Shock and outrage as tennis star, Serena Williams indicts rape victim for ‘putting herself in that position’

Serena Williams has sparked an intense backlash after she suggested the 16-year-old victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case was asking to be  assaulted.

The world Number 1 tennis star made the astonishing indictment in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, which was posted online on  Tuesday.

In the article, Williams said the victim  ‘shouldn’t have put herself in that position’ and described her as ‘lucky.’ Some  are already labeling the 31-year-old’s remarks the most controversial of her  career.

Serena Indictment: Serena Williams, pictured, has sparked an  intense backlash after she made an astonishing indictment of the victim in the  Steubenville rape case
OUtrageOutrage: Serena Williams, pictured on Tuesday at Burberry Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in London, has sparked outrage with her controversial comments

Outrage: Serena Williams, pictured on Tuesday at  Burberry Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in London, has sparked outrage  with her controversial comments

‘Do you think it was fair, what they got?  They did something stupid, but I don’t know,’ she  told the magazine. ‘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.’

High school football players Trent Mays and  Ma’Lik Richmond were each sentenced to a year in juvenile detention in March for  raping the intoxicated teen. The two friends were caught after other students  who watched the assault laughed and joked about the horrific crime in an online video.

Williams’ jaw-dropping remarks to Rolling Stone prompted a wave of criticism on  Twitter on Tuesday.

Shocking: The rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, transfixed the nation in MarchShocking: Williams said the 16-year-old victim,  pictured, ‘shouldn’t have put herself in that position’
Sentenced: Trent Mays, left, and Ma'lik Richmond were sentenced to a year of juvenile detention in MarchSentenced: Trent Mays, left, and Ma’lik Richmond were  sentenced to a year of juvenile detention in March

One user, Jamil Smith, tweeted: ‘Pro tip for  @serenawilliams or others discussing rape: if “I’m not blaming the girl, but…”  exits your mouth, stop there. There is no “but.”‘

A female Twitter user, Sabrina Siddiqui, wrote  ‘Disappointing that powerful woman like Serena Williams, who many young girls look up to, blames the victim.’

Meanwhile, Kate R ‏tweeted: ‘Seems Serena  Williams needs a muzzle. Or compassion for a teenage rape victim? Either  or…’ and a user called JB wrote:  ‘Hopefully Serena Williams realises her mess & fixes it. So many women look  up to her.’

The tennis superstar, who recently won the  French Open, put her foot in her mouth in the past.

At the 2011 U.S. Open, she was fined for  verbally abusing a lineswoman. More recently, the younger Williams sister had a  verbal tit for tat with American tennis player Sloane Stephens after the  up-and-coming player denied Williams was her mentor, adding that she had never  reached out to her.

In response, Williams tweeted ‘I made you’ to  Stephens.

She was also slammed for doing a Crip Walk  synonymous with a dangerous gang in California after she won the Olympic gold in  London.

Read more: DailyMail

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6 Comments

  • ADEJOHN says:

    Serena hasn’t made any error in her comments. The rape victim did put herself in such condition! If she isn’t a drunk, the act will be difficult to carry out. Let’s leave sentiments aside and call a spade a spade! Serena hasn’t said too much!

  • Now she has drunk and be raped. Let it b/cm a lesson that will change her drunkness atitude.

  • john says:

    In my opinion, serena is right. The teenage girl asked for it. Wrong association… Maybe something was slipped into her drink but then if she had stayed @ home … On the otherhand what was she trying to prove by getting that drunk? Either way, she progressed in error. She should have avoided the occasion of sin. Prevention they say is better…

  • john says:

    In my opinion, serena is right. The teenage girl asked for it. Wrong association… Maybe something was slipped into her drink but then if she had stayed @ home … On the otherhand what was she trying to prove by getting that drunk? Either way, she progressed in error.

  • Babatunde adeniyi says:

    Why people turns serena comment to a big issue,she says what she feel. is it good for a well broght-up sixteen years old girl to get drunk to that stage.?think about that.

  • Babatunde adeniyi says:

    Why people turns serena comment to a big issue,she says what she feel. is it good for a sixteen years old girl to get drunk to that stage.?think about that.

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