UFC mainstay Raquel Pennington has been inundated with abusive comments on social media in a case of mistaken identity.
The ongoing case between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard has been dominating headlines for weeks. The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing Heard for defamation after she made claims of physical abuse during their brief marriage.
A friend of Amber Heard who is named Raquel Pennington testified on behalf of Heard, claiming that she witnessed the aftermath of alleged abuse by Depp. As a result of the testimony, Depp fans have taken to social media to lambaste Pennington. Unfortunately, fans targeted the wrong Raquel Pennington and now the one-time UFC title challenger is being trolled through social media channels.
“For one, we don’t look alike,” Pennington said while speaking to MMA Fighting. “For two, I’m obviously an athlete, I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I’m covered in tattoos, I have muscles. But there are people on the internet – you know the internet, it never fails. So they’re like, ‘Oh, you guys look like twins.’ Absolutely not.”
UFC’s Raquel Pennington Says That Her Wife Tecia Torres Has Been Dragged Into the Situation
Not only has Pennington been affected by the onslaught of messages, but they have begun to drag Pennington’s wife, fellow UFC fighter Tecia Torres, into the case of mistaken identity.
“They took photos off my social media of me and Tecia at previous fights, and now, she’s dragged into it,” she said. “I’m protective over my family and the people I care about. Say what you want about me, but don’t talk s*** about my loved ones.
“My thing is, do your homework,” Pennington added. “If you’re going to be invested in something, know what you’re talking about before running your mouth to other people.”
Pennington admits that she hasn’t followed the trial closely, but after being linked to it unwillingly, ‘Rocky’ believes that Heard is making herself look foolish. A sentiment that seems to be shared with the general consensus of people following the case closely.
“I don’t know the whole history, and at the end of the day, people are human beings and everybody makes mistakes, so I’m sure Johnny Depp had his bulls*** in the case, too,” she said.
“But from just watching these two girls, Amber and Raquel, the s*** that they’re saying, honestly, they have some interesting acting skills, because they’re making themselves look like fools, honestly. That’s my opinion.”
After losing three out of four, ‘Rocky’ has seen a career resurgence as of late. Currently ranked as the No. 4 ranked female bantamweight, Pennington has won four straight with wins over Marion Reneau, Pannie Kianzad, Macy Chaisson, and Aspen Ladd. With one more victory, Pennington could find herself at the front of the line for a title opportunity.
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