"I felt it was time you hear directly from me that I am sorry. I cannot go into what happened, and most importantly am not going to sit here and make any excuses ... I take great pride in me being able to exercise self-control, and what I did was inexcusable. I am very saddened and very ashamed of what I have done. My mother and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that. I have told Rihanna countless times, and I am telling you today, that I am truly, truly sorry and that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better ... Nobody is more disappointed in me than I am." -- Chris Brown, attempting to repair his badly tarnished image for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. His statement, made in a two-minute video released in July 2009, was panned by some as "scripted" and "insincere."