WNBA player apologizes for remarks about Japan

New York Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter regrets ‘insensitive’ tweets about disaster

Gilbert Gottfried isn’t the only one in trouble after making comments concerning the disaster in Japan. Cappie Pondexter, who plays for the New York Liberty, has apologized for tweets she made Saturday.

"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 4 a reason and that god will shouldnt be questioned," Pondexter tweeted, via the Star-Ledger. "But this is a very sensistive subject at a very tragic time and I shouldnt even have given a reason for the choice of words I used.

"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."

Just what did she say? In tweets that have since been deleted, she wrote: "What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes" and "u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less."

Pondexter was a member of two WNBA championship teams with Phoenix, but, more interestingly, played at Rutgers. Although she had moved to the WNBA by the time radio show Don Imus was fired for making racially insensitive comments, she was vocal in her criticism of him in 2007.

“Imus’ racial comments are unacceptable and inappropriate,” she said in a statement that still appears on her website. “The fact that this is not the first time that improper comments were made concerning Black athletes shows where Imus stands. Not only were the comments racist, they were also misogynistic. Therefore, I do not feel that an apology or the two-week suspension is ample punishment. It is my understanding that his show is supposed to be comedic. Who does this humor?” 

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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