Will Ronda Rousey stand up NJ Marine for date to the ball Friday?
The Marine Ball is Friday — and South Jersey Marine Jarrod Haschert is still waiting to hear from his date, former UFC champion Ronda Rousey.
"Jarrod said he hasn't heard anything yet" Jarrod's mother Caroline told New Jersey 101.5 about plans with Rousey for the Commandant's Marine Corps Birthday Ball, which will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. "He said, 'All I know is I'm going in the hopes she'll be there,'" said Caroline.
Haschert, stationed at Camp LeJunne in North Carolina, posted a video invitation at the end of summer that got 4 million views initialy but no response from Rousey.
“You are my celebrity crush. I love everything you do and think that you are a phenomenal person which is why it would be my honor to take you to the Marine Ball,” the Stirling High School graduate from Somerdale said in his video.
The UFC has not responded to any email from New Jersey 101.5 asking about Rousey's plans for the Marine Ball.
It's been a rough few months for Rousey since she accepted Haschert's video invitation to the Ball in September. She was brutally beaten up by Holly Holm in Australia in November during their championship match and has lain low since.
In an interview out this week with ESPN magazine, Rousey said she felt "embarrassed" by the loss and is "really f---ing sad." She told the magazine that a first-round hit cut her lip and knocked a couple of teeth loose.
"It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact," Rousey said.
"It would be sad if he got all dressed up, expected a date and doesn't have one," said Caroline. "She said she would be there. A few times."
Rousey repeated her intention to go in October and said she is a "woman of her word" when rumors surfaced she might back out after she began dating fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne. “My man understands. He trusts me. So I can go. It ain’t no thang.”
There may a clue in how Rousey would make her entrance at the Ball. She quoted a scene from the 1999 Drew Barrymore movie "Never Been Kissed" when she accepted Haschert's invitation. “I would go for sure! Do I call him? Or do I set up a time and place like Never Been Kissed and wait until the clock runs out and be like ‘I’m here!’”
In the movie, Barrymore's reporter character Josie goes undercover as a high school student and develops a crush on her former English teacher, named Sam. At the end of the movie, after admitting her ruse and that she has never been kissed, she vows to stand in the middle of a baseball field and wait for Sam to come kiss her.
As the deadline approaches and Josie is about to give up, Sam shows up and they kiss.