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Cappie Pondexter sorry for Japan-related tweets

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Former Marshall standout Cappie Pondexter, who now plays for the New York Liberty of the WNBA, apologized after causing an uproar with comments on her Twitter account that were deemed insensitive toward victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

On Saturday, Pondexter tweeted: ‘‘What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes.’’

She later tweeted: ‘‘u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can’t expect anything less.’’

Pondexter also used the racially derogatory term ‘‘jap’’ when referring to someone who was offended by her comments.

On Monday, Pondexter issued an apology on her Twitter account.

‘‘I wanna apologize to anyone I may hurt or offended during this tragic time,’’ the tweet said. ‘‘I didn’t realize that my words could be interpreted in the manner which they were. .  .  . The least thing I wanted was to hurt or offend anyone so again I truly apologize. If you’ve lost respect for me that’s totally fine but please don’t let me or my words lose the respect of u the WNBA and what it stands for.’’

Sun-Times wires

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