Maria Sharapova attacks Serena Williams for Steubenville Comments

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Maria Sharapova added to the discord between her and fellow tennis star Serena Williams on Sunday. 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 made some controversial statements earlier this week when she implied that the victim in the Steubenville rape case was partially at fault. Williams later apologized to both the public and the family.

Still, the damage was more than done. Just as many hardcore Penn State football fans have learned the past couple years, America doesn’t take too kindly to those sympathetic to rapists.

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.”  Many assume the veiled shots were 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. Wimbledon begins Monday June 24th; giving this beef a bit of a WWE feel. Williams is ranked #1, and is the favorite in the upcoming Grand Slam event. However, she now has two controversies to distract from taking  the title.

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  1. Plenty of us “common” Americans feel essentially the same way that Serena Williams does about the incident in Steubenville. Personally, I felt the young men got off extremely lucky. If they weren’t HS football stars in a town that hero-worships HS football stars, they be doing 10 years – minimum. Having said that, I’m not implying that the girl was partially responsible for being raped when I say that her drinking herself into a stupor at age 16 was an exercise in incredibly poor judgement. Her physical state has nothing to do with the despicable behavior that these guys exhibited, but her own actions are not without fault. I don’t think it’s controversial to point that out.

  2. Topazinator says:

    I agree with Serena Williams, but I still think she needs some gender testing.

  3. Ding Dong says:

    Over paid drug pumped up “FLOPERs”!!!!!!!!

  4. Ding Ding says:

    Who in the “HELL cares??????????

  5. Chester Drawers says:

    I agree….I just now found out Serena was a “woman”! She could start for most NFL teams as a linebacker!

  6. Jmoney23 says:

    I am a woman and agree with Serena. It is not that girl’s fault that she was raped like that, but I have to say that I believe there were bad decisions all around.

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