Is it too little too late? Chris Brown has released a statement about the incident that took place early Feb. 8, where he allegedly beat up girlfriend Rihanna. According to the AP, here is his complete statement:
“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.
“Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and-or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”
It’s easy to parse this apart, but it’s more noteworthy for what it doesn’t say-which is basically anything. It’s the first step in rebuilding a career without admitting what happened, and, if anything actually happened, that he was guilty of such actions. It has everything we’ve come to expect: he brings in God and contrition. Next, we predict a round of awkward interviews. In the meantime, Wrigley’s had pulled his gum commercials, and the “Got Milk” campaign, which was slated to end this week anyway, is going away. So far, we’ve heard of no radio stations pulling Brown, but that could be the next step as more of what happened that night comes to light.
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