January 26th, 2010
04:57 PM ET

Tonya Harding sends her condolences to Nancy Kerrigan

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Who knows how long it’s been since Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan have reached out to one another, but in light of the tragedy that has struck Kerrigan’s family, Harding told her former rival in a statement that she understands how she feels.

“Tonya extends her deepest sympathy and condolences to Nancy and her family,” Harding’s representative, Linda Lewis, told CNN.

“Tonya's beloved dad, Al Harding, passed away this past April, so she understands the grief Nancy and her family are experiencing at this difficult time,” Lewis said.

The statement is a bit surprising considering the wrath Harding herself wrought on Kerrigan back in 1994, but apparently she's putting the past behind her.

Harding's statement comes in response to the news that Kerrigan’s father, Daniel Kerrigan, died on January 24 after an altercation in the Kerrigan's Massachusetts home, allegedly assaulted by Kerrigan’s 45-year-old brother Mark.

Mark has since been arrested on assault charges, according to Massachusetts authorities.

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  1. Jahcenias Fairouzx

    I cling on to listening to the news bulletin talk about receiving boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i get some?

    July 17, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |

    Some of the comments are very nasty!!! I feel sorry for Tonya >At least she has matured some of the people here are acting like children > Forgive and forget>> forgive your enemies!! Tonya deserves peace! She has paid for her actions . Let bygones be bygones!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. D Morg

    Tonya Harding needs to get a grip... Check out her official website.... WOW LMOA!!!!! Did she forget she bashed or excuse me hired someone to bash Nancy's leg in ??? CREEPY.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. elli Spark

    Why now? Why wait so long? Publicity seeking on the part of Harding!!! FAKE as usual

    June 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Debra R

    RE: J.Crobuzon January 27th, 2010 4:01 pm ET

    Debra R, google up Tonya's wedding night sex video before you decide who's trash and who knew what when, ok?

    It's obvious people who view sex videos on google shouldn't throw stones at those of us who don't...

    January 28, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Wanda

    Tonya had gone away until the press chased her down for a comment. You know they did.

    January 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Adam

    Harding's "condolences" are classic - in true Harding form, her response is all about her (her beloved dad...passed away).

    Why can't she take the hint?! Go away, Tonya, you're pathetic. Nobody really wants to hear from you - EVER!

    January 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sheilah

    Wow people, whatever happen to forgive and forget. Do any of you know what has transpired between these two women over the years. They may have mended fences. Nancy may have already forgiven Tonya if she a true Christian woman. In the words of Christ himself "How can we expect to be forgiven if we ourselves cannot forgive," I think it was kind of Tonya to express her sympathy. Put on your Big Girl Panties and get over it people.

    January 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lizzie

    this is NONE of your business. NONE of you have any reason to comment on either of these women. I think this is between the two of them. It won't do Tonya much good in terms of PR in any case. Hopefully it is good for her personally to reach out, but it's still HER BUSINESS.

    January 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J.Crobuzon

    Debra R, google up Tonya's wedding night sex video before you decide who's trash and who knew what when, ok? And yeah, she was probably asked by reporters to say something, and she couldn't remember how to say "No Comment."
    David, what's it like under the bridge? You think this is about politics? Bitter much, homes?

    January 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Futon Torpedo

    Tonya is still hot to me!

    January 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sharon

    Tonya, give it up. Nothing can "tarnish" your image as Oregon's most embarassing citizen. I don't think Nancy cares anything about what you have to say. Leave her alone.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RS1981

    I understand that Tonya meant it as a nice gesture, but I'm sorry having your people mention that your father passed away "this past April" kind of feels like she's taking the spot light from Nancy. And Tonya can't 100% identify with Nancy, because the cause of death was not the same as what her father went through. It should've just been "Tonya sends her sympathies, and she's reaching out because she too knows what it's like to lose a father." That would've been much better, and a little more acceptable. At least that's my opinion.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Capt Bob

    Tonya and Nancy put their differences aside. Why can't thos of you who are so negative? There is nothing wrong in reaching out someone in their time of grief.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LizGmaz

    I can't believe that she would even comment to this. It was not her place and the reporter who sought her out should be ashamed!

    January 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sian

    Anything for a little press...

    January 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. J.Crobuzon

    Oh my God, she didn't?

    January 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. billp

    Harding expressed her sympathy and condolences to Kerrigan on her loss. What's so bad about that?

    January 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jenickki

    Leave it to the media to find a way to make a situation worse than it already is.

    This is dumb. I'm sure some stupid reporter went and hunted Tanya Harding down and asked her what she thought. What did you think she was going to say??

    January 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kir

    Tonya Harding has more class than the posters who put her down.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  21. PJ

    Maybe she is actually sorry for what she did and sympathizes with the death of a father. Maybe none of us should ever be forgiven for the stupid mistakes we made when we were young. I guess nobody else has ever made a mistake in their lives. Judge not lest ye be judged. It's up to God to sort it all out in the end, and noone else.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  22. Rose

    Kudos to Debra .. I couldn't have said it any better myself!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  23. Morgan

    Regardless of past wrongs, it is always appropriate to send condolences when someone you know has lost someone. I think Harding's message was appropriate, even if it was construed to sound a little condescending. We just have to believe that, considering the recent loss of her own father, Harding heard about what happened to Kerrigan and thought to herself "Gosh, I know that sucks."

    January 27, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  24. JSF

    I see a Celebrity Boxing match in the making..

    January 27, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  25. Susan

    I believe that Tanya Harding's family and upbringing were biasing the skating judges against Tanya in earlier competitions, which may have lead to frustration and the attack on Nancy. I am so sorry for Nancy's terrible loss, but now we know that Nancy also has some questionable personalities in her family. (I'm obviously referring to her brother.)

    I hope the skating judges learn something from this–no matter how a person is presented publicly, nothing should be judged but the skating.

    January 27, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  26. Robin S.

    Come one everyone!, I'm not a big Tonya Harding Fan, myself!, however it was still a thoughtful gesture that she extended her condolences to Nancy and her Mom!, Only God should be the Judge not us!, and we've all done things in our past, that we don't like others to bring up!, we all have a daily chance to start fresh each day!, I do think Tonya has made some changes and should not be judged that happened many years ago, it's time to move forward!, she's just being empathethic to Nancy and her loss of her Dad, although they died in different circumstances, the loss is the same!, she was just being kind!

    January 27, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  27. Debra R

    Nancy Kerrigan....snotty, adulterous and outright nasty, overheard whining and complaining about having to appear at Disneyland (the horror)
    Tonya Harding... I believe she had no idea what her husband (now ex) was up to. When she found out, she divorced him. She asked for forgiveness
    What is more trashy... marrying trash then divorcing him after she found out what he was or having an affair with a married man with children, breaking up the marriage so you can marry him and actually wearing a white dress?
    what is more trashy...asking for forgiveness or refusing to forgive?
    It doesn't get anymore trailer trash, Jerry Springer, whatever having a brother who murdered youf father over something stupid. Living in a trailor does not make you trash anymore than living in a big house gives you class. While no one should have to experience this kind of grief, the above posts were way out of line....

    January 27, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  28. dougzinboston

    People are forgetting that today's media are not exactly the morally elite. It wouldn't surprise me to find out that Harding has been hounded by media for a reaction. If so, what was harding supposed to do, slam the door on the media? Harding made a nice, quick and compassionate statement.

    Now leave both of them alone. One needs the time to deal with her father's death and the other doesn't deserve any media attention what-so-ever.

    January 27, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  29. Mike B

    I take it that, since she's sending ANY kind of message to Nancy Kerrigan (the height of bad taste, BTW), the restraining order against her has expired. Not an ounce of common decency in Tonya Harding's whole body. What a loon.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  30. D.S.

    Whoa! Meow!! Retract the claws. The baton thing happened 16 years ago, and Harding has cut all of those sleazy people out of her life and tried to move on. You act as if people don't change - guess what? If they are inclined to do so, people can actually redeem themselves.

    The only thing I would have done differently if I were her would have been to tell my representative not to draw attention to the act itself. A classier move would have been to reach out to Kerrigan privately.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  31. David, Tampa

    It's Bush's fault.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  32. Marguerite Millar

    Tonya Harding??? understands????..what a joke..she understands nothing but herself..as if Nancy Kerrigan wants to hear from HER of all people at a time like this..what a loser

    January 26, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Fraley

    Harding didn't do the damage to Kerrigan, her hit-man did! Don't you guys remember? I think it was very compassionate of Harding to reach out to Kerrigan during a really terrible time in this girls life – not only her dad dying, but by her brother! People can change and do daily in life. Kudos to Harding for moving on and reaching out.!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. AC

    who on earth thought it was her place to even comment of that subject??

    January 26, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Maura

    Once trashy always trashy

    January 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Clark

    What an idiot. If there were ever a time to keep her mouth shut, this would be it.

    January 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  37. alumette

    Harding would know about physical violence. How does it give her the "green light" to send condoleances to Kerrigan.? That woman is simply creepy. No matters, no decency and poor timing.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |

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