Rousey’s story involves an ex she nicknamed Snappers McCreepy, who she says she caught taking nude photos of her without her consent. Rousey then says when trying to leave her apartment, McCreepy blocked the door, which led to the following incident, as described in her book:
“I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook. He staggered back and fell against the door.[Expletive] my hands, I thought. I can’t hurt them before a fight.I slapped him with my right hand. He still wouldn’t move. Then I grabbed him by the neck of his hoodie, kneed him in the face and tossed him aside on the kitchen floor.”
Rousey writes that even after she made it out of the apartment and to her car, McCreepy followed her and jumped into the passenger seat.
“I walked around the car, pulled him by the neck of the hoodie again, dragged him onto the sidewalk and left him writhing there as I sped away,” she writes about how the incident ended.
Speaking to media at a UFC 193 event this week, Rousey says those who think she domestically abused McCreepy have got it all wrong. If anything, she says, she was the victim.
“Legally, if somebody blocks your exit, it’s considered kidnapping,” Rousey told reporters. “I was in that situation before when I got in a fight at a movie theater and my exit was blocked and people wouldn’t let me out. Legally, you cannot do that. It’s considered a self-defense scenario, so if someone is blocking you in an apartment and you can’t leave, you’re entitled to defend yourself and find a way out.”
Rousey continued: “If you’re trying to get into your car and leave and they’re grabbing your steering wheel and saying that you can’t leave, that’s technically you being kidnapped and you can defend yourself in any way it’s necessary.”
And if people still want to call her a hypocrite, the always-outspoken Rousey’s got something to say to them, too.
“I don’t have to make every single one of my actions idiot proof,” she said. “If an idiot can’t understand it, it’s not my problem.”