ESPN made a change to their excellent article about Ronda Rousey published last week that has raised some eyebrows regarding the reason.
Some astute readers on the internet noticed that a change was made concerning the timeline of Rousey’s relationship with boyfriend and fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne.
The original article noted that the relationship between Browne and Rousey began in April, months before Browne’s wife Jenna Renee Webb accused him of domestic violence. The edited version stated that they began dating in “early summer.”
You can see the difference in the screenshots below (original on left, new on right):
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An ESPN spokesperson tells Larry Brown Sports that the error was not discovered until after the story was first published, which is why it was later corrected.
Webb posted photos on Instagram in early July showing bruises she says were the result of Browne beating her. Browne denied the allegation, and his manager said Webb was just trying to get back at Browne for cheating on her. When Browne announced in October that he and Rousey were together, it confirmed that Rousey was the so-called “other woman.”
Rousey has faced a lot of scrutiny for being with Browne, especially from Webb, who blasted her for being with a “wife beater.”
Putting aside the matter of the Rousey-Browne dating timeline, the entire piece by Ramona Shelburne is excellent and well worth your time.