Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 6/22/13

Maria Sharapova added to the discord between her and fellow tennis star Serena Williams today. Sharapova vs. Williams is starting to get a little bit like the 2pac vs. Biggie of women’s tennis. As you no doubt heard, Serena engaged in a little bit of victim of blaming this week regarding the Steubenville high school football rape case. Williams later apologized to both the public and the family. Still, the damage was more than done. Just as many hard core Penn State football fans have learned the past couple years, America doesn’t take too kindly to those sympathetic to rapists. Today, Maria Sharapova basically told Williams to “shut up and play.” USA Today: “Obviously I have a tremendous amount of respect for Serena and what she’s achieved on the court,” Sharapova said. “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. Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things.” This “people in glass houses” style attack is an alleged countermeasure. Serena Williams has been openly judgmental of the personal life of Maria Sharapova, telling Rolling Stone: “There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest.” Serena exits the car and the conversation moves on to a top-five player who is now in love. “She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’ – it’s so boring,” says Serena in a loud voice. “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.” Experts believe she’s talking about Sharapova, who is now dating Grigor Dimitrov, one of Serena’s rumored exes. So you have the “sloppy seconds” factor into this equation too. This was the same Rolling Stone article that featured Williams controversial statements about the Steubenville, OH rape victim. These veiled shots at a rival player are not confirmed as, but are widely assumed to be Maria Sharapova. All this comes as Wimbledon draws very near; giving this beef a bit of a WWE feel. Williams is ranked #1, and is the favorite in the upcoming Grand Slam event. However, now she has not one, but two controversies to distract from taking  the title. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net. (“Quasi-endorsed” by Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly) He’s also an author who also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks), like him on Facebook The post Maria Sharapova attacks Serena Williams for Steubenville Comments appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.

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