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Serena Williams' Steubenville Comments

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In June, tennis star Serena Williams found herself in hot water after making comments about the Steubenville rape case in which she seemingly faulted the victim more than the assailants. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the top-ranked women's player said, "Do you think it was fair, what [the boys] 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 … 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 subsequently apologized. 

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