Tyler Clementi’s family deservedly gave the metaphorical bird to Dharun Ravi’s lame, eleventh-hour apology yesterday. Joseph and Jane Clementi, Tyler’s parents, released their own statement today, mirroring the continued dissatisfaction of many who have closely followed the case.
From the Associated Press:
As to the so-called ‘apology,’ it was, of course, no apology at all, but a public relations piece produced by Mr. Ravi’s advisers only after Judge Berman scolded Mr. Ravi in open court for his failure to have expressed a word of remorse or apology.
A sincere apology is personal. Many people convicted of crimes address the victims and their families in court. Mr. Ravi was given that opportunity but chose to say nothing. His press release did not mention Tyler or our family, and it included no words of sincere remorse, compassion or responsibility for the pain he caused.
Meanwhile, Ravi checked into a New Brunswick, NJ jail this afternoon to begin his 30-day sentence. He was casually dressed in khakis, a blue T-shirt and canvas sneakers, as if going to a ball game. We’d rather see him in an orange jumpsuit, thankyouverymuch.