Dharun Ravi has apologized for his “immature, stupid and childish choices,” saying he was not motivated by “hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone.” Does this satisfy anyone?
Dharun Ravi has apologized. Does it satisfy anyone?
“I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010, and September 21, 2010,” he said Tuesday.
The former Rutgers student was referring to incidents when he spied on his gay roommate Tyler Clementi.
Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge days after finding out Ravi had captured him on webcam.
In March, Ravi was found guilty of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and counts of tampering with evidence. Though he was never charged in connection with Clementi’s death, he was publicly criticized for not apologizing for his actions during the trial or the sentencing.
He went on to say, “My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices.”
Following the apology, Ravi announced he would begin his sentence as early as possible, waiving his right to remain free while New Jersey prosecutors appeal his 30-day jail sentence.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman last week handed Ravi the lenient sentence, plus three years of probation, 300 hours of community service, and fines of more than $10,000.
His term may be shortened by as much as 10 days with good behavior.
Is the apology too little, too late? Do you believe him? Is he apologizing for the right thing?
Do you think he finally “gets it” — or do you think he’s been made a scapegoat for Clementi’s death? Give us your thoughts below.