Top 5 Apologies of the Week

Politicians, athletes, and celebs make the rounds
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2015 11:56 AM CST
Top 5 Apologies of the Week
In this Jan. 12 photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, middle, is joined by his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, as he is sworn in for a fourth term.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

Some of the more notable public apologies that made headlines this week:

  • One year later: "There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made."—Ray Rice, apologizing to Baltimore Ravens fans near the anniversary of his high-profile arrest.
  • Out of a job: "It is not in my nature to walk away from a job I have undertaken—it is to stand and fight for the cause. For that reason I apologize to all those people who gave of their faith, time, energy and resources to elect me to a fourth term last year and who have supported me over the past three decades."—John Kitzhaber, Oregon governor who is resigning amid scandal.
  • Also out of a job: "i deleted some old jokes i made years ago that i no longer find funny or appropriate."—Ethan Czahor, co-founder of, via tweet. The move wasn't enough to save his job as Jeb Bush's chief technical officer after some insensitive remarks of his surfaced.

  • Out of jail: "As a public figure, this incident has had a negative impact on society, disappointed people who supported me, and caused losses for people who have worked with me. I'm very ashamed that I haven't been a good role model."—Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan, upon his release from jail on drug charges. The 32-year-old bowed deeply before and after his comments.
  • Play ball: "Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years."—A New York Yankees statement after a meeting with Alex Rodriguez. It did not specify what A-Rod was sorry about, but we have a safe guess.
(More apology stories.)

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