New York Liberty star Cappie Pondexter apologized yesterday for tweeting over the weekend that Japan was to blame for the devastation of last week's earthquake and tsunami on it's northern coast and then used a derogatory term to describe the Japanese people.
In another case of an athlete's poor timing and worse, poor taste, Pondexter tweeted: "What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes."
She continued the incriminating tweet: "U just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less."
Since posting her twisted point-of-view, Pondexter was bombarded with criticism and stepped back from her tweet.
"I wanna apologize to anyone I may have hurt or offended during this tragic time," she tweeted on Monday. "I didn't realize that my words could be interpreted in the manner which they were. People that knw me would tell u 1st hand I'm a very spiritual person and believe that everything , even disasters happen 4 a reason and that God will shouldn't be questioned but this is a very sensitive subject at a very tragic time and I shouldn't have even given a reason for the choice of words I used."
Pondexter, who is playing in Russia, declined to comment further. Her agent, Boris Lelchitski, said the player's comments were taken out-of-context. "She is very sorry she hurt anyone," said Lelchitski.
The Liberty released a statement, "We have spoken to Cappie and the content of that conversation will remain internal. She made a mistake and quickly apologized for that mistake."
It seems unlikely that the team will discipline Pondexter.
This is just another case of an athlete putting their foot in their mouth or their quick fingers to 'SEND.' By now, public figures should know there are a few subjects which should never be trivialized including 9/11, the Holocaust or a natural disaster. What was she thinking?
Pondexter was a star at Rutgers right before Don Imus got suspended for his insensitive and derogatory remarks about the African-American members of that team on his radio show.
You think Pondexter would have remembered that incident and used better judgement. At least she won't lose her job...or her home.