Earlier this week, Judo World Champion Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, better known as Ronda Rousey’s mother, spoke up about an issue that’s obviously been bothering her for years.
Ronda’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.
She made headlines for all the wrong reasons, bashing the coach, not only stating he’s a terrible person/coach, but that she would love to run him over with a car if the law would allow.
The good guys over at ProMMANow have broke the ice, and gotten Ronda’s mom to explain her recent comments, and in true “De Mars fashion” she didn’t back down, only stating that she’s the only one with balls enough to speak up.
“Because he is extremely disrespectful to women. If you read in Ronda’s book, you know when she walked into his gym she had been a Junior World gold medalist, Olympic medalist, World medalist in judo and he (Tarverdyan) didn’t give her the time of day. And he has had that exact same pattern with many women in the gym and I have seen it with my own eyes where they train there and it’s basically a waste of their time. And they’re talked to in a way that just makes my jaw drop.”
“We talked about it before and she said, ‘Oh I got a fight coming up. You only get that pass from me once. Whatever she wants to do in her career, that’s her business, but if you’re in a situation where you’re really causing harm to other people by being used as bait to lure people in there, I think somebody needs to speak up. And all I did was say publicly what people have been whispering for years, but no one had the balls to speak up because Edmond is like that gatekeeper to Ronda.”