Yesterday, Serena Williams issued a statement about her tirade on Saturday night that didn’t serve as an apology per se. In it, she described her “passion” and an “unfair” call and that led her to handling “the situation poorly.” The statement was roundly denounced by the press. “How not to apologize” is how Yahoo described it. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim described it as “horrible damage control.”
Well! Today, Ms. Williams has come out with an “amended” statement. In it she describes herself as “a woman of great pride, faith and integrity and I admit when I’m wrong,” and writes:
I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible — I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I’m a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I’m wrong. I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it’s not the way to act — win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner. I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad, I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result.
Serena is currently on the court at Ashe in the women’s doubles final (when she came out, she was not booed, though there are only a few hundred people present). We’ll tell you if she has anything to say to the press afterward.