NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30:  Recording artist Rick Ross performs during BET's "106 & Park" at BET Studios on July 30, 2012 in New
Bennett Raglin

Following the overwhelmingly negative public response to his lyric about drugging a woman's drink and having sex with her (and those woefully inadequate explanations), Rick Ross has finally issued a lengthy, satisfactory apology for his despicable verse.

Not coincidentally, this thoughtful apology comes a day after Reebok severed its business partnership with the Maybach Music mogul. Read the statement (via Billboard) in its entirety below:

"Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it's wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it."
—William Roberts (a.k.a "Rick Ross”)

What do you think of Ross' apology? Does it ring true to you or are you still skeptical?