The world champion is being criticized over comments she made about the victim of the Steubenville Ohio rape case. A 16-year-old girl who was raped by high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, who were each sentenced to a year in juvenile jail in March this year.
During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Serena blamed the girl for putting herself in a position where the boys could rape her. She said:
“Do you think it was fair, what they got? (The high school football player).
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.”
Serena Williams was blasted on social media by people who were outraged by her remarks.