Piers Morgan is once again catching a ton of hell on social media after he lashed out at Naomi Osaka after the tennis player was seen throwing her racket down to the floor in frustration during the US Open.
The TV personality labeled Osaka a “spoiled brat”, as she lost in three sets to 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez in the third round of the US Open.
Morgan tweeted: “People got very upset when I suggested Naomi Osaka may be a spoiled brat.
“Here she is repeatedly smashing up rackets as she loses in the US Open.
“Then she cried again, and threatened to quit again.
“If a male tennis player behaved like this, we’d call him…. a spoiled brat.”
People got very upset when I suggested Naomi Osaka may be a spoiled brat.
Here she is repeatedly smashing up rackets as she loses in the US Open.
Then she cried again, and threatened to quit again.
If a male tennis player behaved like this, we’d call him…. a spoiled brat. https://t.co/bdK1u7OmM9
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 4, 2021
One Twitter user wrote: “She’s clearly more concerned about being a public figure in Vogue magazine than a good tennis player.”
Another person added: “I hate to see ‘adults’ behaving that way, not a good look, her parents must have let her get away with it when she was small and she hasn’t grown out of it.”
A third commenter chimed in: “And note that even the umpire was too scared to give her a warning.”
Here’s how others reacted:
Earlier this year, Osaka sent shockwaves through tennis fans as she announced her French Open withdrawal.
In a statement released in May, she spoke on mental health as part of the reason behind her departure.
Osaka said: “Hey everyone, this isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago.
“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.”
“More importantly I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”