Category Archives: Apologies

King Charles Doesn’t Fully Apologize to Kenyans

The controversy over King Charles’s remarks in Kenya this week highlights the difference between a “full-blown” apology and a statement of regret. King Charles sounded quite sincere when he noted, “The wrongdoings of the past are the source of greatest sorrow and deepest regret” regarding colonial atrocities by British forces in Kenya in the 1950s. […]

A Plea-Deal Apology by a Trump Lawyer

Jenna Ellis, one of President Donald Trump’s attorneys after the November 2020 election, pled guilty this week in a Georgia court to aiding and abetting false statements and writings, a felony. In December 2020, she joined Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Ray Smith in making false allegations to the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee that thousands […]

SBC CEO Candidate Apologizes

A finalist to head the Southern Baptist Convention included an apology in his resignation last week. Willie McLaurin, the interim president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, admitted that he had falsified his resume, and had not graduated from any of the institutions listed. In his resignation letter, submitted to the SBC Executive Committee, […]

Schembechler Apology Falls a Little Short

Only three days after he was hired, Glenn Schembechler resigned Saturday as assistant director of recruiting for the University of Michigan football team. Football fans discovered and were appalled by some of Mr. Schembechler’s “likes” and re-tweets on his Twitter account, including racist posts as well as support of the January 6, 2021, invasion of […]

The 4 R’s of Apology

Many experts recommend that we employ “the 4 R’s” when making an apology, to ensure that it’s a good apology. But there’s not complete agreement on which four R’s we need. Professor Carrie Petrucci recommended the following four R’s in her 2002 article on apologies, citing other apology scholars: (i) an expression of remorse or […]


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