A Mother's Remorse: Apologies of the Week

A police officer reaches out in court to another mother
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2015 2:10 PM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2015 2:02 PM CDT
A Mother's Remorse: Apologies of the Week
LAPD officer Mary O'Callaghan in court.   (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP, File)

Here's a look at some of the public apologies that made headlines this week:

  • Caught on tape: "It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it."—Hulk Hogan, after a 2008 rant of his laced with the N-word surfaced.
  • Courtroom sadness: "Mother to mother, I apologize."—Mary O'Callaghan, LAPD cop, addressing in court to the mother of a woman who died after being beaten by O'Callaghan. The officer was sentenced to three years.

  • Feud over: "I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki."—Taylor Swift, apologizing to Nicki Minaj over an insult that wasn't.
  • Unsportsmanlike: "I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry." Colin Cowherd, (now former) ESPN radio host, after saying this: "I've never bought into that 'Baseball's just too complex.' Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic."
  • 70 years later: "Today we apologize remorsefully for the tragic events in our past, and expressed our profound determination to work toward a better future."—Mitsubishi exec Hikaru Kimura, for the company's use of American POWs in World War II as slave labor.
(More apology stories.)

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