Lolo Jones Speaks Out on Reactions to Ronda Rousey Comment

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Olympic athlete Lolo Jones made headlines when she made a comment that seemed to be undermining UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s 34-second victory over the undefeated Bethe Correia in Saturday’s Women’s Bantamweight Championship match.

On Sunday, Jones questioned the swift victory.

┬áIn her Facebook and Twitter posts, the track star said if she was a fighter, she’d try to last at “least a minute” by circling around the rink to avoid getting hit.

A comment she thought would be taken as a joke.

The reports struck a nerve with UFC fans who flooded Jones’ social media accounts to weigh in on the situation.

The match was on, and the comments were harsh. One Twitter comment read: “@lolojones no longer relevant so attempts to inject herself into Ronda’s #UFC190 slipstream. NEWS FLASH… she would destroy you in <30sec.”

The attack was so strong, Jones took to Facebook on Sunday to defend herself.

“Last night, I had to ban countless people on Facebook. This happens all the time. Maybe now people will see the constant battle I fight against the media. Who has helped create,for the last four years, an angry mob of fans against me,” she said.

She also thanked popular sports site SBNation for setting the record straight.

“Whether intentional or not, the reaction changed after the headlines came out,” the article read. “No longer was it people laughing along with Jones, it was folks being malicious. The same tweet, no additional snark from Lolo Jones — the headlines were just a lens to focus people.”


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