Piers Morgan has called the fast-rising tennis star Naomi Osaka an arrogant spoiled brat after she snubbed the media during the French Open Tournament.
In an opinion piece published in the Daily Mail, Piers Morgan has claimed that Osaka an arrogant spoiled brat whose fame and fortune appear to have inflated her ego to gigantic proportions.
Osaka was fined a total of $15,000 for refusing to appear in front of the media during the current French Open Roland-Garros tournament, and a joint statement from all four Grand Slam organizers said she will face ‘more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions’ if she continues her boycott.
Defending herself, Osaka stated that the organizers have always ignored the mental health of athletes that is why she is staying away from the media in the French Open tournament.
“I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes’ mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one. We’re often sat there and asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me. I’ve watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and I know you have as well. I believe that whole situation is kicking a person while they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it. Me not doing press is nothing personal to the tournament and a couple of journalists have interviewed me since I was young so I have a friendly relationship with most of them. However, if the organizations think that they can just keep saying, ‘do press or you’re gonna be fined’, and continue to ignore the mental health of the athletes that are the centerpiece of their cooperation than I just gotta laugh,” she wrote.
But according to Piers Morgan, Osaka is afraid of being criticized especially after pulling a dismal show on the tennis court.
“What Osaka really means is that she doesn’t want to face the media if she hasn’t played well, because the beastly journalists might actually dare to criticize her performance, and she’s not going to ‘subject’ herself to ‘people that doubt me,” Piers Morgan wrote.
She has gone further to claim that Osaka is exploiting the media just like Harry and Meghan did.
“This is straight out of the Meghan and Harry playbook of wanting to have the world’s largest cake and eating it, by exploiting the media for ruthlessly commercial self-promotion but using mental health to silence any media criticism,” he wrote.
But Piers Morgan has been castigated online for hating on women of color.
“Piers Morgan suffers from a very rare & advanced form of delusions of grandeur. I’m afraid it’s not only spread to his heart & lungs but his ego & head as well,” Plastic Martyr wrote on Twitter.
“All Piers Morgan does is bully mixed race women with his huge platform,” Ashinde Stad added.
Do you think Piers Morgan is justified to call out Osaka?