Ronda Rousey on marijuana testing: “It’s an invasion of privacy”
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is coming out in a blaze about Jessica Eye becoming the first female UFC fighter to test positive for performance enhancing drugs. Obviously, the champ is in no way supporting any PED’s but instead outraged at the fact that so much negativity is surrounding yet another fighter getting popped for pot.
Rousey is being very outspoken (and at no real surprise considering she’s homies with the Diaz brothers) about the ridiculousness that marijuana is still being considered a PED and potentially ruining the careers of promising fighters. And though she obviously agrees with drug testing in her respected sport she feels that marijuana should play no part in the testing.
“Honestly I feel like weed is not a performance-enhancing drug at all,” said Rousey. “We are tested for it for entirely political reasons. The athletic commission is there to make sure we compete fairly and they are testing us for something that has nothing to do with athletic competition.”
After the failed drug screening Eye’s punishment consisted of a disciplinary suspension and a fine, but probably most damaging is her victory of Sarah Kaufman being revoked and turned into a no-contest.
Rousey was quick to defend anyone who smokes or ingests marijuana. And though she is obviously not a supported of PED’s she doesn’t seem to have any plans on changing her mind about the use of marijuana and how it does not effect an athlete in any performance enhancing aspect.
Furthermore, not only is she not overly critical of those who do smoke the sticky icky she voiced how she feels like its not only not the UFC’s business but even went as far as to say, “It’s actually an invasion of privacy.”
I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that Ronda most likely doesn’t smoke weed. However, it is interesting (and honestly nice) to hear such a dedicated and successful athlete come out and speak up against this infringement that fighters come under scrutiny for quite often as of late.
I’d really like to know where you guys stand on this one! Let me know what you think Penn Nation! Is marijuana a performance enhancing drug? Should fighters be tested for it like they are tested for other substances, and furthermore should they be punished so harshly? Give us your thoughts!
(all quotes via mmajunkie)