Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
UFC Women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is known for her rather strong opinions on just about any topic, and this one is no different. Today Rousey tweeted what she stated to be an "interesting" video on Youtube. That video turned out to be a 30 minute clip suggesting that the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT was a government conspiracy.
Extremely interesting must watch video youtube.com/watch?v=Wx9GxX…— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) January 15, 2013
She has neither deleted her tweet nor put in any further comment beyond telling someone that "criticism is always expected," but this doesn't appear to be a good look for the face of women's MMA and one wonders if it will have any impact on her mainstream appeal or if any sponsors will rethink their relationship with her going forward.
Rousey's next fight is the main event of UFC 157, as she takes on Liz Carmouche in the first ever women's MMA fight in UFC history.
UPDATE AT 4:23 PM ET: This was her follow-up tweet just minutes ago.
@bloodstainlane thanks, I just figure asking questions and doing research is more patriotic than blindly accepting what you're told— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) January 15, 2013
UPDATE AT 6:32 PM ET: Rousey has since removed the original tweet from her timeline.
UPDATE AT 7:18 PM ET: UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch also retweeted the video with probably a more PR responsible lead-in:
Is this real? Sandy Hook a hoax or just crazy talk?
Additionally, the issues brought up by the video in question have all been addressed by Snopes.com, a well known site that addresses urban myths and rumors of all varieties.