Friday February 19, 2016

How did UFC's Ronda Rousey get to such a dark place?

In an open-hearted interview with Ellen Degeneres, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey admitted to having suicidal thoughts following a major loss.

In an open-hearted interview with Ellen Degeneres, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey admitted to having suicidal thoughts following a major loss. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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What happens when our heroes have fallen? Is it ever safe to put athletes on a pedestal? And how do their failures weigh on them? Sportswriters Morgan Campbell, Dave Zirin, and Sonali Karnick join Shad to discuss the issues beneath this week's top sports headlines. 

At issue today:

  • MMA fighter Ronda Rousey admits suicidal thoughts in revealing Ellen interview.  

  • Putting boxer Manny Pacquiao's homophobic remarks in context. These aren't his first fighting words.  
  • Twenty year-old sexual assault allegations against quarterback Peyton Manning.