After a week of protests and outrage, Rick Ross has finally apologized for his date rape lyrics.

The controversy stems from his most recent track with Atlanta rapper Rocko called "U.O.N.E.O.", in which he brags about drugging a woman with Molly (street slang for the powder form of pure MDMA) and taking her home for the night. "Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it," rapped Rick. Hip-hop critics and even rappers themselves slammed Rick for his rhymes, while he also faced the possibility of losing a multi-million dollar endorsement deal.

During an interview last week with New Orleans radio station Q93.3, Rick offered a half-assed non-apology that got almost everyone hot and bothered. 

"There was a misunderstanding with a lyric; a misinterpretation. The term 'rape' wasn't used. I would never use the term 'rape' in my records," explained Rick. "As far as my camp, hip hop don't condone that. The streets don't condone that. We don't condone rape and I'm not with that."

Wait. So just because he didn't use the word "rape," it's okay to rap about drugging a girl and having sex with her? Got it. Thanks for clarifying that one...

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The biggest critic of Rick's "apology" rapper Talib Kweli, who slammed him as a "misguided 40-year-old. Rick Ross condoned rape in that song... and he should apologize. His apology that he offered was unacceptable."

However, the biggest player in this scandal is Reebok, who Rick has a multi-million dollar shoe deal with. A group of protestors stood outside a Reebok store in NYC yesterday and attempted to deliver a petition to drop Rick's endorsement deal that had collected over 72,000 signatures. However, security guards blocked the entrance and denied access to a woman who tried to deliver the petition. The company has also yet to release a formal statement on the matter.

Perhaps realizing that he was about to lose seven figures over four bars of lyrics, Rick took to Twitter yesterday and finally apologized for his choice of words. "I don't condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape," he wrote. (Still, not really addressing the issue that drugging a woman to have sex with her is rape.) Then, Rick got down to the heart of why he was really apologizing. "Apologies to my many business partners, who would never promote violence against women," he tweeted, including links to Reebok and UltraViolet.

It remains to be seen whether the public views his apology as sufficient, but his sponsors are likely going to lose some major business if they don't at least address the scandal instead of continuing to sweep it under the carpet.

What do you think of Rick's apology?

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“I don’t condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape.” - See more at: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2013/04/rick-ross-apologizes-for-rape-...