MMA fighter Ronda Rousey. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Steven Marrocco, USA TODAY Sports
Ronda Rousey's manager said Wednesday that the UFC women's bantamweight champ meant no disrespect when she tweeted a link to a controversial video about the shootings in Newtown, Conn.
The YouTube video says the Sandy Hook tragedy was part of a government conspiracy. The video had nearly nine million page views Wednesday and was created as part of the "Sandy Hook Truther" movement.
Rousey's tweet on Tuesday called it "extremely interesting must watch video." She later tweeted, "asking questions and doing research is more patriotic than blindly accepting what you're told."
"Ronda's the kind of person that doesn't take everything at face value, and doesn't have 100 percent faith in all the news that's put out there by the mainstream press," said Darin Harvey, Rousey's manager.
Rousey could not be reached for comment. The UFC declined comment.
Harvey said that he and Rousey were horrified by the shootings. He said he hadn't recently spoken to Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who's in training camp to defend her belt against Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) next month at UFC 157. But he speculated that she didn't realize the extent of the controversy surrounding the video when she tweeted about it.
Before deleting the tweets, Rousey told a fan on Twitter that "criticism is expected" when she was informed she had kicked a hornet's nest.
"She probably felt that if it caused anybody any grief or any sorrow, especially something related to the death of children, that it wasn't worth the fight," Harvey said.
Marrocco also writes for mmajunkie.com.
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