So Sorry: Week's Top 5 Apologies

From politicians to hockey fans
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2015 11:03 AM CST
So Sorry: Week's Top 5 Apologies
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Some of the more notable public apologies of the week:

  • Pelosi slam: "I made a poor attempt at humor to talk about her reaction and for that I apologize."—Sen. Lindsey Graham, after mocking Nancy Pelosi's reaction to the Netanyahu speech with a reference to "all the surgeries" he thinks she's had.
  • It's a choice? “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended."—Conservative Ben Carson, after asserting that prisons prove homosexuality is a choice.

  • Excessive force: "We offer our sincere condolences to the Fitzgerald family. ... We made a mistake."—Craig Roberts, sheriff of Oregon's Clackamas County, after one of his deputies shot to death a family's pet pony.
  • Hockey fans: "I posted an inappropriate tweet (that) included rude, uncalled for, false and hurtful words about Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Elisha Cuthbert. ... I want to tell Dion, Joffrey, and Elisha how truly sorry I am."—Anthony Adragna, a hockey fan whose salacious tweet about the trio (Phaneuf and Lupul play for Toronto, and actress Cuthbert is Phaneuf's wife) made it onto the live crawl of the TSN network. The tweet alleged an affair, and the three immediately lawyered up. TSN apologized, too.
  • Black History fail: "On a personal level, it was a way to share thoughts on African-American historical figures whom we admire. We may have missed the mark, and we apologize to those who were offended by the way this was presented."—Washington Wizards, after an ad campaign in which it made composite images of famous black Americans and people affiliated with the team. Most people were either offended or confused.
(Read more apology stories.)

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