Thursday, July 19, 2012

MMA girl fighter Rhonda Rousey calls out Phelps for offending her!

So it is not just me. Phelps needs to drink a tall glass of "humble juice.

"Now raise your hands, who would hang out with Rhonda? - I would hang out with Rhonda! 

From Yahoo Sports:
From During the Olympics, Ronda was upset--that her USA teammate, Michael Phelps-- didn't want to hang out with the rest of the Olympic athletes. "Michael Phelps needed his own private section of the club...Even the NBA players--who are a bigger deal than he is--hung out with us...We're your teammates! We're not a bunch of groupies! Come hang out with us. Who the hell are you? I don't like being somebody's teammate and being treated like I'm a groupie...Get over yourself. All you do is swim. If someone slapped you every single time you jumped in the pool then I'd have a little more respect."



Reezy Nation said...

Thats Phelps at his finest.. he never socializes with anyone except his inner circle.. Ive seen it a few times.. being flanked by body guards, national guards.. he is rude to everyone..

Anonymous said...

"I now come to that part of Christian morals where they differ most sharply from all other morals. There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. AND THE MORE WE HAVE IT OURSELVES, THE MORE WE DISLIKE IT IN OTHERS.

"The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility...

"In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, 'How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?' The point is that each person's pride is in competition with every one else's pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise."

-- C.S. Lewis on pride, from Mere Christianity.

Anonymous said...

jaja.. that girl only wants to call the attention at the cost of phelps

Kori said...

"Is that it?" was my first thought when reading this post. Then I clicked on the link to read the full article, thinking she'd elaborate on something he did or said to make her think she was being treated like a groupie...but she didn't and my reaction was still the same.

Digging a little deeper, she seems to be the type who'll do eyebrow-raising stuff, including saying something controversial about famous people, to hype herself and get some buzz about upcoming MMA fight she's participating in, so part of me wonders if this, at least in part, is more of the same.

Can't say I'm surprised at the reaction to this story I've seen so far though, despite the myriad of other possible reasons why he wouldn't be "hanging out" with her that might not have anything to do with what she insinuated. After all, unless he did/said something that she left out in that interview, then she's not in his head to know his reasons why.

So here's another perspective to think about. People who like to keep to themselves, or keep only a small group of friends at their side and rarely (if ever) venture outside of it, and aren't the chatty type at social scenes...aka introverts...well Western society has this habit of looking down on them, even calling them snobbish/stuck-up/rude (or mistaking them for shy) when they do what feels best to them as opposed to what others say they should do. As an introvert, I've gotten that attitude directed at myself and have definitely noticed it all over the place in pop culture, which probably goes some way towards me not jumping to the same conclusion as others in this instance.

Love the C.S. Lewis quote from Anonymous above, btw.

Anonymous said...

What struck me was that she used the word "groupie". How does she treat others who are not at her level?

It seems like her attitude is that she is superior and not some "groupie" and should be treated better than the average person (fans).

Likac said...

Agreed with previous comments.

Seeking for attention herself and not getting any. Just because she's a wrestler and Phelps' teammate, he has to be available 24/7 for her? On the other side, regular fans are 'groupies'. I say: get over yourself and stop calling the GOAT a nobody just because he wants to be left alone.

Anonymous said...

I'd always understood he was somewhere on the autism spectrum, which could explain the whole thing - both his solitary nature, and why it is off-putting to others.

Ms. Rousey is a star judoka and MMA fighter, but she has a reputation a trash talker. Maybe her's is not the most objective viewpoint.

Tony Austin said...

If he is on the spectrum than I feel like a jerk for holding him up to a standard that he is not socially able to reside.

Yikes, what is your reference.

Trev said...

Or Phelps just prefers solitude sometimes.

Perhaps it has nothing to do with arrogance and everything to do with simply how he operates. A huge source of unhappiness in our culture is when people like Rhonda judge and publicly decry the social injustices of other people who don't match her narrow vision of what's right and acceptable in the world.

In other words, who don't do what she wants them to do.

And the swimming comment: hard to have respect for someone who talks like that and beats people up for a living.

Grow up Rhonda.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'd always understood he was somewhere on the autism spectrum

jaja.. ese anónimo qué es, un "psicólogo"?. Nada en Phelps es normal, ni su físico ni su personalidad ni su vida. Casi todo en él es extraordinario y llamar autismo a eso supone tener mala fe.

Anonymous said...

I believe there were over 600 athletes on the US team at the 2008 Olympics.

It's kind of interesting how she picks on Michael Phelps - did Rhonda hang out with the other 600 athletes?

So what if Phelps didn't want to "hang out" with people he didn't know and instead wanted to concentrate on winning his 8 gold medals.

Obviously he is a big deal if she so badly wanted to hang out with him.

Tony Austin said...

One comment suggested he may be on the spectrum bubble for Asperger's syndrome. If so, not only am I a jerk but he couldn't be expected to "hang out" so to speak.

I would like to get it confirmed.