The 28-year-old WNBA player apologized Monday for tweeting inappropriate and insensitive remarks regarding the tragedy in Japan. Interestingly enough, there wasn’t all that much attention on the statements until the apology alerted folks to them.
“What if God was tired of the way [the Japanese] treated their own people in [their] own country!” she tweeted on Saturday. “[I don’t know] guys he makes no mistakes.”
Pondexter, who said on WNBA.com that she never leaves her house without her Bible, started receiving backlash on Twitter. Her responses only made matters worse.
“u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can’t expect anything less,” she said to a user, prompting the following dialogue.
ZenobiaDTC: “@cappa23 And we dropped two nuclear bombs — the only country ever to unleash nuclear holocaust on anyone — shame on you”
cappa23: @ZenobiaDTC I didn’t say we did I’m speaking in reference to japan n what reasoning this tragedy happenin n God reasoning”
Pondexter apologized in a very Twitter-appropriate way, using caps lock and messy grammar.
“I WANNA APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE I MAY HURT OR OFFENDED DURING THIS TRAGIC TIME. I DIDNT REALIZE THAT MY WORDS COULD BE INTERPRETED IN THE MANNER WHICH THEY WERE. PEOPLE THAT KNW ME WOULD TELL U 1ST HAND IM A VERY SPIRITUAL PERSON AND BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING , EVEN DISASTERS HAPPEN 4A REASON AND THAT GOD WILL SHOULDNT BE QUESTIONED BUT THIS IS A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT AT A VERY TRAGIC TIME AND I SHOULDNT EVEN HAVE GIVENA REASON FOR THE CHOICE OF WORDS I USED. THE LEAST THING I WANTED WAS TO HURT OR OFFEND ANYONE SO AGAIN I TRULY APOLOGIZE. IF YOUVE LOST RESPECT FOR ME THATS TOTALLY FINE BUT PLEASE DONT LET ME OR MY WORDS LOSE THE RESPECT OF U THE WNBA AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR. IM VERY STRONG WOMAN EVN STRONG ENOUGH 2 ADMIT AN APOLIGIZE WHEN IM WRONG.TWITTER IS A VOICE AND WTH THT I WANNA APOLIGIZE AGAIN.”
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Quote of the day
“I think it was all a show, with no real intent to get a deal done, other than just to say they made a proposal — that was no different than anything else that they proposed over the last couple years, couple months, couple weeks.”
–Drew Brees, firing back at NFL owners’ efforts to agree to a deal
Comment of the day
Yankee fans are already losing their minds about the 2011 season. That’s a fact.
(At least we think this is a Yankee fan. That much isn’t necessarily a fact.)
“Typical vitriole and hubris when confronted with unpalatable objective observations. To summarize in a manner which even someone of your clearly limited intellect might understand, please consider the following: The Red Sox began the exhibition game with a regular season starting lineup. That’s a fact. The Red Sox currently have the highest average fancost (what a family of four pays to attend a game for tickets, beverages and a hot dog) in both Fort Myers and Fenway Park. That’s a fact. The Red Sox manager stated that he did not want Clay Buchholz to face the Yankees a second time during the spring because he did not want to overexpose him to a division rival. That’s a fact and if memory serves, it’s also a fact that Granderson, Gardner and Swisher, the only Yankee regulars in the game, had not faced Buchholz this spring. Talk about paranoia! I can only imagine what a “huge edge” that the Yankees would have if their 3 starting outfielders had a couple of at bats in March against a Sox starter. The Red Sox used 3 of their top relievers in the game. Papelbon, Jenks and Okajima are generally “assumed” to be on the 25 player opening day roster. That’s a fact. Finally, the 2 spring training contests between the teams and all spring training games for that matter are irrelevant and tell us absolutely nothing about what may or may not occur during the regular season. That’s also a fact.”