Wow, that was back in 2004 wasn't it? If he's sorry for it then he is.
Most of us do stupid things while enraged, question is as written in the article 'should we hold him to something that happened so long ago?'.
I say that if he apologises then forgive him, people do change.
Btw, it was another band who wrote the lyrics, he just rapped some of them.
I judge people as they are presently, things that happened in the past are dead unless they still believe in it and practices it or whatnot.
Which is why I always keep the 'forgive-option' open for anyone who actually asks for it sincerely.
Now, if he does apologise sincerely or not is hard for me to tell, but I do want to point out that he'd be in a lot of trouble if he did stand for what he rapped back in 2004. It all puts him in a more difficult situation as doubt is a given and he IS world-famous. Considering how many celebrities are viewed as opportunistic, money-craving, attention-loving sons of b's, by quite a lot of people if you count the Justin Bieber haters.