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    Jerry Hays

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    Ronda Rousey spreads the word about mistreatment of U.S. Judo athletes

    Post by Jerry Hays on Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:41 pm

    Ronda Rousey spreads the word about mistreatment of U.S. Judo athletes (Video)
    • UFC
    • July 23, 2013
    • By: Eric Holden
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    According to a July 23 tweet from Ronda Rousey, the UFC star is helping to get the word out about the mistreatment of the athletes on the U.S. Judo team.

    Apparently, USA Judo is four and a half months behind in athlete payments, and Rousey has stepped up to the task to do something about it.

    "The us judo team athletes need help getting @USAJudo to properly support them, @USOlympic needs to address this https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?" Rousey tweeted.

    Rousey's tweet brought her legion of Twitter followers to an open letter by James Pedro, Sr., USA judo team national coach, regarding the treatment of U.S. Judo team athletes.

    "Our top three athletes in the United States entered into an agreement with USA Judo after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. All three athletes up until this point have fulfilled all requirements of the contract and USA Judo has NOT. As of July, USA Judo is 4 and a half months BEHIND in athlete payments," Pedro wrote. "I feel that this is unacceptable. The athletes are supposedly receiving two months of back pay this week at some point. This will STILL leave them 2 and a half months behind. I do not believe this is fair for our athletes to be constantly on the lookout for a check in the mail everyday in order for them to pay their bills.

    "The checks never come. I have dealing with this issue as far back as when Ronda Rousey and numerous other elite athletes were competing and NOTHING has changed. The only change that USA Judo made was two years prior to the 2012 Olympic Games - but now, post Olympics, we are right back where we started. Everyone wonders why Ronday Rousey 'bad mouths' USA Judo. USA Judo also wonders why people do not want to donate money to their organization to help fund our athletes. Evidently our athletes do not come first. Over the years every time I call to have this situation rectified they give me one excuse after another."

    Pedro continued that U.S. Judo continues to make excuses for not paying the athletes. If you care to help and have the time, let USA judo know how you feel about the situation via Twitter, @usajudo.

    Let their bosses at the USOC know about the situation at @usolympic.

    "They 'have to pay this and have to pay that' BEFORE our athletes. I would like to present a possible solution. What if we took all the paid salaries at USA Judo and paid the athletes first. I would bet that it would not take 4 and a half months to come up with the missing salary dollars," Pedro continued. "Another point I’d like to address is that we have a High Performance budget committee and not one person knows where the money is being spent.

    "Again, two years prior to the 2012 Olympic Games, everyone sat down and had a budget along with a two year plan and EVERYONE knew where all the money was going and now in 2013 we are right back to where we started. After the 2012 Olympic Games USA Judo, along with myself, set in motion a 'Winning Program/Plan' but it is NOT being followed. All USA Judo Members who are concerned and care about their athletes should START ASKING QUESTIONS. I would also like to state that I have attempted numerous times to have this issue rectified though the proper channels and NOBODY has gotten back to me. I even took the time to discuss this issue, in person, at the USA Judo Grand Prix in Miami, FL along with two follow up phone calls on July 19, 2013. I firmly believe that the athletes should come FIRST. We had them put their lives and careers on hold for another four years. Help."

    Fight fans can also tweet Rousey about it at @rondarousey.

    Source:  http://www.examiner.com/article/ronda-rousey-spreads-the-word-about-mistreatment-of-u-s-judo-athletes

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