Ronda Rousey slams Phelps for snobby behaviour at Beijing Olympics
New York, July 23 (ANI): Female MMA champion Ronda Rousey has blasted swimming superstar Michael Phelps for his snobby behaviour at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she competed for the United States in judo.
Phelps was "kept separate" from his fellow Olympians at social functions while basketball stars like Kobe Bryant mixed and mingled like everyone else, Rousey said in a video on EsNewsReporting.com.
Rousey said when all the U.S. Olympians went on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Phelps, who won eight golds and more medals than anyone else at those Games, was isolated from the group by his handlers.
"Michael Phelps had to be kept separate in the backstage area so he wouldn't be harassed by the other Olympians," the New York Post quoted Rousey as saying.
"I don't like being somebody's teammate and being treated like their groupie. I didn't even want to go out of my way and go say hi to that guy. Just get over yourself. All you do is swim. If someone slapped you every time you jump in the pool, I would have a little more respect. But I was a swimmer before I did this [expletive], so you can't even tell me swimming is this, 'Oh my God,' because I've done it before," she stated.
Rousey said Phelps' behaviour in Beijing "annoyed" her.
When all the U.S. Olympians went out to a club, Phelps was again kept in a private section. Bryant, on the other hand, was "cool," she said.
"All these NBA players are a bigger deal than [Phelps] and they're all hanging out with the rest of us.I was like, 'Hello, we're your teammates.' We're not a bunch of groupies. Come hang out with us. Who the hell are you?" she added. (ANI)
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