Bethe Correia has issued an apology to Ronda Rousey after making light of her father's suicide by saying that she hopes "Ronda doesn't kill herself" after she loses.
The Brazilian has closely followed Ronda's career but says in the apology that she didn't know what happened to the UFC champion's father.
— Bethe (@bethecorreia) May 28, 2015
Ronda Rousey had been content to let Bethe Correia take the lead on "selling" their August 1 bout. The unbeaten challenger had previously called out Ronda after defeating two of Ronda's MMA pals, members of the so-called "Four Horsewomen" faction. Rousey, no stranger to using trash talk to sell a fight herself, has appeared busy with other things, and it was this talking point that got Correia into trouble in a recent interview with Combate, during which she had this to say.
"When she feels my pressure, I want to see her reaction. She is not mentally healthy. She needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don't know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on [laughs]."
In spite of the apology that Correia has since issued, fans are calling BS on her claim that she didn't know. The contention is that she did know but didn't realize what a PR nightmare this would be for her until she actually said it. Here's just a sampling of the tweets and comments that believe the apology isn't good enough.
"Bulls**t! You referenced stories from both her book and articles that included that part of her story!"
. @bethecorreia @RondaRousey yet, you inferred that you read her book that mentions all about what happened with her dad. What a liar.
— Scott Carasik (@ScottCarasik) May 28, 2015
— Michael Langan (@MichaelLangan2) May 28, 2015
What do you think, readers? Is the apology that Bethe Correia just issued good enough? Do you think any action should be taken by the UFC as punishment, or is a fight with Ronda Rousey punishment enough? Sound off in the comments section!
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