Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/18/13
Serena Williams is at the top of her game heading into Wimbledon, which begins at the All England Club next Monday. But on Tuesday, it was a statement reportedly made to a Rolling Stone writer that had the world's top women's tennis player back in hot water off of the court. In an excerpt from an upcoming Rolling Stone feature first published by Deadspin , journalist Stephen Rodrick describes a moment in a hotel room when Williams reacted to news of the Steubenville (Ohio) High School rape case . Here's how it played out, per Rodrick: We watch the news for a while, and the infamous Steubenville rape case flashes on the TV--two high school football players raped a 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' comment was out of line, and -- as is the case with any statement that has ever started with "I'm not racist, but..." or "I'm not sexist, but..." or "I'm not homophobic, but..." -- victim blaming isn't made OK because Serena tried to qualified it by saying that wasn't what she was doing. Unfortunately, intentional or not, Serena's opinions on Steubenville are ones that far too many out there still genuinely agree with.
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