Last week, UFC women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey caused a big stir when she retweeted an extremely controversial video. The video was loaded with conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, which Rousey said was an "Extremely interesting must watch video."
The tweet caused a lot of backlash for Rousey and was eventually deleted from her timeline. Despite the controversy, at the media scrum following the UFC 158 press conference, UFC president Dana White said he never contacted Rousey about tweeting the "goofy" video:
My opinion is, "She has an opinion." You know what I mean? Everyone has an opinion. She didn't come out and say the thing was a f***ing hoax. She tweeted something that said, "Look at this story." People are f***ing p**sies is the problem. That's the big problem. Every human being is going to have an opinion. She didn't write a story saying that the Sandy Hook thing was a hoax. She tweeted some video out there that has 20 million views.
Do you see me retweeting something like that? No, but there's a bunch of people that buy into that shit and believe that stuff. And, as a human being, she can have an opinion. She didn't event give her opinion, she just tweeted it. People need to calm down. If that's the thing you're most concerned in in your life, you need to get a life.
Obviously, Dana's statement ensures that Rousey won't be reprimanded like Miguel Torres was for tweeting a rape joke. However, it ignores a larger problem of fighters utilizing a large social forum in ways that can reflect poorly on themselves and the UFC.