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September 10th, 2009 by Dr. Phil

Apologies Gone Bad

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Now that I’m back in Los Angeles after our exhilarating road trips to New York and Philadelphia, I have to tell you, it was simply an amazing week of live shows. I was so busy, I kind of fell off the news curve a bit. Distracted or not, I couldn’t help but notice a few stories that had me just shaking my head. Along with an abandonment of civility, I wondered if this week should be tagged the “Week of the Bad Apology.”

First, there was Serena Williams ending her semifinals defeat at the U.S. Open with a profanity-laced tirade against an official, then releasing a written statement that sounded far more like an attempt to excuse her behavior. Instead of apologizing to fans, officials, Kim Clijsters (her opponent and the eventual champion), or to anyone else, Williams thanked supporters for “understanding that I am human.” If, and only if, she thinks she was wrong, she might just want to say she is sorry, ask the folks for forgiveness and move on. Serena is a great champion, a great ambassador for the game of tennis and has a long record of being gracious in victory and defeat. She had a bad day; a meltdown over what I think was a questionable call. Admit it, apologize and move on. I admired her before and still do, but if you are sorry, just say so. If not, say that too. (more…)

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