Piers Morgan sparks backlash for slamming Naomi Osaka AGAIN as he reacts to celeb support

Naomi Osaka: Pundits discuss French Open withdrawal

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Piers Morgan, 56, previously sparked backlash over comments he made about Naomi Osaka following her French Open departure and he has now taken another swipe at the tennis star. The four-time Grand Slam champion released a statement citing mental health issues as the reason why she wouldn’t speak to the press, as required, at the event.

She is said to have been fined $15,000 by organisers for skipping a news conference following her first-round win.

After her later withdrawal, Naomi was inundated with support from many celebrities and her fans.

Taking to his Twitter page today, Piers shared an article from Vanity Fair, which had the headline: ”Naomi Osaka has received an outpouring of support from celebrities and professional athletes alike after deciding not to compete in the French Open.”

In view of his 7.9 million followers, he wrote seemingly sarcastically: “Quite right too.

“Nothing is more courageous, admirable or inspiring than an athlete earning $55m-a-year, much of it thanks to positive media attention, who refuses to compete because they don’t want to answer possibly negative questions at a press conference.”

Celebrities who publicly supported Naomi included Will Smith and Viola Davies.

The actor wrote on Instagram: “Hey Naomi, You are right. They are wrong! I am with you.”

Viola added on Twitter: “As one who also deals with social anxiety, I admire your courage and stand in solidarity with you, @naomiosaka.”

Many users flocked to his post to comment.

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One wrote: ”I forgot that money makes you immune to mental health issues.”

A second added: “I think she earned that money because of her talent.”

“Personally I just want to watch her play tennis. Her views in response to inane questions from journalists is of no interest,” a third commented.

A fourth penned: “Says the man who couldn’t handle the heat when one of his colleagues pulled him up on something.”

Piers previously sparked backlash after he branded the 23-year-old “an arrogant spoiled brat” and accused her of exploiting mental health to silence the media.

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The tennis star released a statement saying speaking to journalists gave her “huge anxiety”.

She went on to say she had suffered “long bouts of depression” since 2018.

In response to her statement, Piers said in his Daily Mail column: “One thing’s very clear: this has got nothing to do with mental health.

“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 criticise her performance, and she’s not going to ‘subject’ herself to ‘people that doubt me.’

“And the problem with the French Open is that it takes place on clay, her statistically weakest surface, so she probably won’t win it, and when she loses, she’ll be asked why she isn’t as good on clay.”

The father-of-four added: “In other words, she has no problem with the media lauding her undeniable brilliance with a tennis racket, right to the point they say anything negative, however reasonable and fact-based, because then they’re damaging her mental health.”

Naomi has since also pulled out of the Berlin WTA 500 grass-court event next week.

A spokesman said: “We have received notification that Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin.

“After consulting her management, she will take a break,” he added.

The withdrawal has cast doubt on her participation at Wimbledon.

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