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So Serena Williams is in the news AGAIN…. And (again) not for the right reasons!

Just a few short months ago I posted the blog When Sports Players “Meltdown,” about how Serena could not keep her “temper” in check at the Australian Open.

Fast forward five months and here we are again, this time Serena is in the news, during Wimbledon, for comments she claims she made about a rape victim in Ohio when a reporter was "eavesdropping" on her conversation. I don’t know if the reporter was eavesdropping or not, but even if the reporter was that doesn’t make what she said ok. The attention should be less on how it happened and the fact that it happened.

Reporters have a responsibility to report what they have seen/heard. Do I think that they sometimes “sensationalize” news to make it more interesting? Yes… but they still have a duty to report the facts. It is just their perception of the facts, and that perception is key.

When is Serena going to realize that she is a role model for hundreds of up and coming tennis players and she should really think before she talks?

What do you think, does an apology after the fact make it ok?

Rachel Brockway
Rachel Brockway
A former HMA Public Relations employee.


  1. Sort of like being in a TV or radio studio — assume the mic is always on.

  2. Kelly Potts says:

    I’m thinking she should stop doing interviews….

  3. What you say matters…as my mother told me (and probably Serena’s did, too) if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.

  4. While I agree with Scott that everyone should assume that the microphone is always on, I also think credible reporters do journalism a disservice if they are not upfront about writing a story. We need to be careful what we say – and where we say it – but journalists need to be transparent as well. Cheers, David

  5. Sandra says:

    She is a role model for female athletes. How dare she not support the women who raped. NO is NO, no matter what situation you are in. Unfortunately, we allow athletes and celebrities to say whatever they want and we don’t hold them accountable. What about Paula Dean using the “N” word and sort of being proud that her family owned slaves. I an thrilled that the Food Network took a stand and fired her. Give it a month, it will be like nothing ever happened.

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